One of my lust makes before I started sewing was a sailor dress. I absolutely adore children in sailor collars – maybe its a sound of music thing – I don’t know haha.
I saw this pattern and just had to have it.
It says easy, but I find it challenging (in a good way).
One day I’m sure I’ll make it up in a print, but I have only made it in contrasting solids. This time this baby blue and darker pink. The first time I made it in a taupe and a mint green.
I really liked this colourway.
I like the collar shape of the back of view C, but the rest of the dress and collar of view B. That’s what I made up.
Firstly is interfacing! I use medium weight, iron on interfacing for most things, but especially as I mainly use cotton in my sewing.
In this pattern you are required to interface the two front bits and the collar. You cut these pieces out of the interfacing and iron on according to the interfacing manufacturers instructions.
The interfacing I use asks for the iron to best on a medium heat ie wool, and for the iron not to be moved, to be placed, and for no steam!
As you can see I couldn’t be bothered to get out the ironing board haha
As I like to keep all the pattern sizes for each pattern – unfortunately I don’t have the cash to splash to get a new pattern for each size. I often need to cut out the biggest size and then trace and trim to the correct size on the smaller, fiddlier pattern pieces.
Next I sewed the front bodice pieces to the back bodice pieces, at the shoulders and the side seams.
Now I put this to one side, and work on the collar. First is to sew the two halves together.
As you can see, you don’t sew the inside middle of the collar.
Then I trim the seams so as to (hopefully) get a crisper finish once it is turned right way out.
And because of my love of topstitching…
I do enjoy this next bit – applying the binding that really makes this sailor collar. First is to mark the distances on each side where the binding is going to go. I did make a mistake in this but didn’t realise until I’d finished – see if you can spot it after!
Once you have marked on the position you just pin on the binding
and sew at top and bottom edge
I think such a simple thing looks really effective (if you don’t make any mistakes like me haha – although mistakes make you better at sewing I think!) I also put some binding onto the points of the collar as I like the look of them.
That’s the collar finished!
I have had to split this how I did into several parts as there are quite a few steps to it 🙂 in the next part I’ll cover how I did the bodice 🙂