After I selected fabric I laid the collar out on paper to trace for a pattern. I traced around 3 sides of the collar and then drew the bottom line in. Next I added a seam allowance to my pattern paper (the dashed line) and cut out the pattern.
Using the pattern I cut my fabric, pinned the right sides together and sewed them leaving an opening to turn the outside right. Confession Time!!! I know that I should be snipping and trimming the corners so they will turn nice but I rarely do that. Instead I just make a quick trip around the seam allowance with my pinking shears. It's just easier. After that was a quick press with the iron.
Next I pinned the turned and pressed piece to my collar and started sewing it on. Next time I will use more pins to reduce the amount of shifting. There were a few thick spots that I had to use my hump jumper to help things along but overall it was very easy.
|This is what I call a hump jumper. Joann's sells a similar product called a jean-a-ma-jig. It is great for getting over thick spots when the feed dogs won't move the fabric along.|
Once I finished the collar I moved on to put an applique on the back. I decided to use the flower frame applique available in my shop. The 6x10 size was perfect for the back of the jacket. I did change my needle to a 16 to work with the denim on both my sewing machine and embroidery machine.
And here is the finished product ...
How about you? Have you ever "dressed things up a little"? Have plans for something in the future?