Today we’re tackling the Reglisse collar, it’s quite different from any other collar I’ve sewn on a dress…or anything actually.
Start by sewing the collar as shown in the instructions.
After trimming the seam allowances and turning we can top stitch. I use my blind hemming food, it has a handy guide that I can wind in or out. I run the guide down the edge of the fabric to keep my top stitching evenly spaced from the edge.
Now we can pin and stitch our collar to the dress neck edge. Baste close to the edge.
Here’s where it gets tricky…there’s no beating around the bush about this, the instructions are…sparse. There is no picture of the bias being sewn onto the collar so I had no idea how much I was supposed to unfold my bias tape. Do I just open it out once, or fold open all the way? I jumped online and found the Reglisse sew along on the Deer & Doe website. It’s in French (you can traslate it through Chrome) but the photos are all you need. Have a look at the collar post here.
You only need to open out one side of the bias tape fully and pin that edge to the outside of your collar, right sides together, then stitch using a ¼ inch seam allowance. Don’t forget to leave an overhang at each end of the bias of 1 ¼ inches at the center front.
Then you can fold the bias tape to the inside so that it encloses the raw edge where we attached the collar.
Stitch the folded bias edge down on the inside. I forgot to take a photo but I used mint thread in my bobbin and grey in my needle. It’s a bit pedantic, the collar should cover this line of stitches but if the collar blows up in the wind (they don’t call my home town Windy Wellington for nothing!) then the stitching is less likely to be noticed on the outside.
Plus I know I took that extra bit of care and that’s what counts right? 😉
Now we can trim the extra bias tape and finish off the center front seam. Be careful not to catch the ties.
Ok, the collar is D. O. N. E.
Tomorrow is our last sewing day and it’s a super relaxed one. We’ll measure and insert our elastic, do a teeny bit of hand sewing and then hem the skirt. We’ll celebrate with some finished photos, I’ll show you mine if you’ll show me yours! 😉
See you soon! xx