How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

Last Updated on March 8, 2022 by Sarina

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

There are some basics to sewing a shirt collar properly.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

Study the terminology used for a shirt collar and the different types of shirt collars you can sew here.

Interfacing – There is no place where Interfacing is more needed than a shirt collar. The interfacing is attached to the under collar fabric and then cut the pattern around

You need 2 collar-leaf pieces and 2 collar stand pieces for the shirt collar.

How to sew a Shirt Collar


Step 1. Prepare bodice

To attach a collar you need a bodice with a small neckline and an opening – preferably with a button placket.

Staystitch the neckline to avoid it stretching.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

Step 2. Cut interfacing collar pieces

Draft the patterns for the collar as per the pattern given below with your measurement.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Pattern for the collar leaf for the shirt collar
How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Pattern for the band of the shirt collar

Cut these out from interfacing – one of each.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Cut the shirt collar pieces as per the pattern from interfacing

Step 3. Attach interfacing to top collar piece

Attach the interfacing for the collar your fabric – you will need to cut the fabric with 1/4 inches extra all around – so take  fabric accordingly.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Attach interfacing to one of the collar fabric – under collar.

Step 4. Cut collar fabric with 1/4 inch extra 

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Cut shirt collar top pieces with 1/4 inches extra all around

You need to cut 2 pieces for the collar. Only one will have the interfacing attached.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

Step 5. Attach interfacing of the stand/band collar to fabric for undercollar 

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Attach stand collar interfacing to back of fabric

Cut it out with 1/4 inch extra all around.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Cut with 1/4 inch extra all around

Step 6. For the top collar of stand add 1/4 inch extra

For the next piece you have to trace the first piece and then add 1/4 inch extra at the bottom edge.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Cut two pieces for the collar stand – with 1/4 extra at the bottom edge

(Result is the top piece is understandably a little bigger)

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

You have two pieces of the stand collar ready.

Step 7. Sew the Collar leaf

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Stitch the two collar pieces together along the edge of the interfacing

You have to keep the two collar pieces, right sides together and stitch them together along the edge of the interfacing. The red line in the above picture is the sewing line.

To sew the points of the collar properly, when you reach the collar point stop by leaving the needle in the fabric, lift the presser foot and turn around, and then continue sewing.

Clip the seam allowance every 1/2 inch and cut off the corners. You can cut very close to the point but be careful not to cut the seam.

Turn your collar right side out. Use a sharp tool to bring the point sharp.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Turn shirt collar rightside out

At this point you can top stitch the collar. This will give a nice crisp look to the collar.

Step 8. Press the seam allowance

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

Step 9. Assemble the collar

Keep the top band collar piece rightside up infront of you. Keep the collar leaf on top. Refer picture below.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Keep the collar leaf on one of the band collar piece (without interfacing)

Keep the other band collar piece rightside down.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

Place the other band collar piece rightside down on top of the leaf collarSew along the top edge, along the edge of the interfacing. Make sure you do not catch the side edges of the collar leaf when you sew.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
Sew along the interfacing edge

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

 

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}
View of the shirt collar from the front

Step 10. Sew shirt collar to the neckline

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

Start aligning the collar edge (back) to the back neckline

Sew the collar edge to the neckline. Start from the middle of the back neckline and proceed to the front on both sides.

This is how it will look from the back after the stitching is done. 

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

The picture below is how the collar looks from the front. 

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

The front edge needs to be finished now.

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

You can either hand sew the front edge or machine stitch. I am not confident enough to use a machine to sew this step – but machine sewing is how it is usually finished. Just fold the edge to the inside and sew. 

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial} 

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

 

Related posts : Different types of collars; How to sew a flat collar; How to sew a Polo collar; How to sew a mandarin collar

How to sew a SHIRT COLLAR {Sewing tutorial}

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