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« on: August 30, 2009 11:53:59 AM »

Need help with vampire costume - how do I make a collar that stands up like this one???

the collar/choker is separate from the dress.  must be lightweight to keep the choker from choking her (sorry I couldn't resist)

I have sewing skills, but don't usually work with interfacing.  I did make a mermaid tail once and I think I put thin cardboard inside to keep the tailfin stiff.

Please help - gotta get started soon!

p.s. this is my first post so forgive me if it is imageless or deadlinked
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009 04:54:52 AM »

I had a costume that did that once.  It actually used wire in the collar to make it stand.  Actually, it was probably plastic boning, not wire, as it gave, but didn't bend.  It had a channel in the very edge, and then one on either side, and I think there were also two in the back, to make it stand out properly.  You may give it a try with that.  Interfacing isn't very difficult to work with, either, though, as long as you use a craft weight that'll stand on its own.

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009 09:23:26 AM »

Thanks Aislynn!  I wouldn't have thought of using plastic boning (will be a first).  I am going to the craft store tomorrow so I will check it out. 

I'm a little worried that if I don't do the collar properly, it will be an annoying part of the costume.

Any other ideas or suggestions are gladly appreciated!

« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2009 01:14:35 PM »

I would say that collar has a foam interlining.  You can buy a small thin piece at Joann, or sometime you find it in packing material.  You know, like the foam padding on your ironing board. Gives some body, but isn't uncomfortable.
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009 07:23:30 PM »

How about that flexible plastic stuff that people do needlework on?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2009 09:34:14 AM »

I've been experimenting a little with the interfacing . I think it will work fine.  Both my girls wear their Halloween costumes for dress up all year long.  I think if I use plastic, it could crack or fold over time (especially when they are fighting over it). 

I ended up getting Burda costume pattern 2463 (like a medieval princess type) and I am modifying it as needed.  I already made the template for the collar and hopefully will have it finished soon.  I am almost done cutting all of the pieces for the dress and will post pics when I get it put together!

Thanks again for the suggestions and help
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2009 09:57:06 PM »

I'm working on a costume also that needs a stand up collar and the pattern directions said to use buckram for the collar, I haven't bought it yet but it's a stiff type of fabric. Good luck with your costume!!
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