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« on: November 02, 2008 02:10:31 AM »

I want to make a wrap dress with a mandarin collar (something like the dress here : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=97033.0 ). I think I should be able to figure out how to make the main dress pattern but I am completely clueless about the mandarin collar! Are there any tutorials available? Can someone help point me in the right direction?
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2008 09:01:32 AM »

Mandrin collars are pretty easy. They are almost just a rectangle of fabric the length of your neckline sewn onto the neckline. You will cut out 2 collar pieces and sew them right sides together leaving one long side open, then turn. Sew one side of the collar to the neckline, then tuck the raw edges into the collar and stitch in the ditch.

The only difference between a basic rectangle is that it curves up slightly so that it fits closer at the top than at the neckline.
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008 03:39:28 PM »

I second what thesingingllamas said. If you have any patterns (like a typical dress shirt) that involve a collar stand, you could probably also use that, trimmed to the right length, since the collar is so short.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2008 03:58:54 PM »

Thank you very much for your help thesingingllamas! Smiley And thank you for your suggestion audsnico! Smiley

I'll be sure to post pictures when I'm done (if I succeed Tongue)
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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2008 09:41:01 AM »

For a little more detail, Mandrin collars are usually about 1.5 inches wide. To draw out a pattern piece for it, measure the back neckline and divide by 2 because you will be making a pattern piece on the fold. Draw a line at a right angle that is 1.5 inches high and that long. Then measure the front neckline. You will draw a line half the length of the front neckline, but it will be raised up half an inch from the first line you drew. Square up a line 1.5 inches from where that line ends and make a curve to blend the lines so there isn't a corner where the front and back meet. It sounds more complicated and is easier to show with pictures.
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