Page 5h. How to Make Ribbon & Lace Collars &
How to Make Stand Up Collars
|5. Attach Lace to Finished Side of Skirt Hems
5. Contrasting Top Stitch
5a. Decorative Edging Stitch
5a. Decorative Stitching on Ribbon Trim
5b. Horizontal Trims
5b. How to Attach Lace and Ribbon to Sleeves
5c. How to Attach Lace to Underside of Skirt Hems
5c. How to Gather Skirts
5d. How to Hand Sew Doll Bodies and Clothes
5d. How to Make a Lined Bodice
|5e. How to Make a Ribbon Waistband
5e. How to Make Contrasting Panels in Skirts
5f. How to Make Rolled Hems
5f. How to Sew Skirt to Bodice
5g. How to Sew On Sticky Tape Closures
5g. Press then Sew Doll Clothes
5h. Ribbon and Lace Collars
5h. Stand Up Collars
5i. Vertical Trim
5j. Circle Skirts
|5h. Ribbon and Lace Collars
This tutorial is an easy method to attach lace and ribbon at the neckline of
your special doll dresses. I think that the lace and ribbon together form a
combination that makes doll dress collars look very dressy and fancy.
In the first photo you'll see a finished lace and ribbon collar.
It is being modeled by my 18 inch Gotz doll Emily.
- First sew shoulder seams of
front and back bodice together and press open.
- Now, if your neck edge
seam allowance is one quarter inch, clip on round edges almost to that width,
about one eighth inch.
- Turn the seam allowance to finished side of
bodice instead of inside. Baste in place.
- Working on the finished side of bodice, sew lace in place so
that the lace falls down over the bodice and the edge of the lace is even with
the neck edge.
- The ribbon is sewn over the lace. I hand sew the lace on
so that I do not disturb the design on the ribbon.
See the 2nd photo
for an example of the work in progress.
I recommend using either one
quarter inch or one eighth inch wide ribbon for the neckline as it should be
wide enough to represent a collar.
Also, my preference is for a decorated
ribbon but if the dress had a busy pattern then a plain collar would give the
eye some relief.
I also prefer, in general, satin more than cross grain
ribbon, but again, it is really what fits with the dress material
If you decide to use a white or plain material for the dress
bodice it will give the illusion of being a blouse and skirt. And it is a nice
background for the lace and decorated ribbon collar.
Most of all, have
fun and be creative in your choice of materials for doll dresses and the
and photo credit Susan Kramer
|5h. Stand Up Gathered Collars
This is a tutorial for what I think is one of the more interesting collars you
can make for doll dresses. It can be made instead of most other collars, too.
For variety use a contrasting color from the bodice of the dress. For example,
if the bodice is white, such as for a blouse, use the fabric of the skirt for
the stand up collar.
Helene, my 18 inch Corolle doll is modeling this
Also, the stand up collar could be in lace rather than dress
fabric. The choices are limitless, and up to you to suit the individual
I developed this technique quite by chance when experimenting
with different ways to dress up the neckline of my doll clothes.
how to make a stand up collar to fit a dress for the full bodied 18 inch dolls
like American Girl, for example - and as shown in the photo.
to cut a strip of fabric 20 inches long and 2 inches wide along the grain of
fabric. Fold in half, press, and gather to fit neck edge - this is assuming the
neck edge is 10 inches. Fold in the raw edges at the ends one quarter inch and
blind stitch closed.
In general, the fullness should be twice the
length of the neck edge. And decide how high the collar should stand. Then cut
the fabric twice that width plus one half inch for the seams on both long
After sewing together the front and back bodice at the
shoulder press the seam open so it will lie flat.
Baste right side of
the gathered lace or fabric stand up collar to the good side of neck opening.
The top edge of the collar will momentarily be facing downward over the
Now, using a bias strip sew one long edge to right side of
neckline over the collar seam. Clip curves. Fold bias strip to inside of
neckline, turning in once and blind stitch to wrong side of
Usually, I finish the back seam of bodice by turning the open
back seam in twice on each center edge and hand or machine stitching to make a
one-fourth inch hem.
If you check out some of the dress patterns on the
BellaOnline doll making site you will see some with lace at the neckline and
also other neckline finishes to choose from.
and photo credit Susan Kramer
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