Do you love the look of a collared shirt and yet find yourself not making many? Is it the time it takes to do the placket? The precision in getting the collar stand just right? Your child complaining that he or she would rather just wear a sweatshirt?
I felt all of those things, and yet, my son is required to wear a collared shirt to school. And that’s when it dawned on me…Holly has a crossover collar and it looks great! I can make a faux collar and cross it in the front to give the appearance of a polo layered under a sweatshirt, using the Tamarack pullover. I hope you love it as much as we do!
Step 1: Make a top according to the pattern instructions, except the neckband. For this tutorial, I am using Tamarack.
Step 2: Measure the neckline of the top (not the neckband).
Step 3: Cut a rectangle for the faux collar. The rectangle will be the measurement of your neckline x 6” for size 18m- 4, or the measurement of your neckline x 6.75” for size 5-14. Make sure to cut the rectangle so that the 6″ (or 6.75″) side is along the grainline, and the longer side is along the stretch.
*Note: if you are working with scraps, you can cut two pieces the size of your neckline x 3.25” for 18m-4, and 3.75” for 5-14. Sew right sides together along one long side and treat as one piece for the rest of the tutorial.
Step 4: Fold your piece in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Press
Step 5: Sew along the raw short edges (⅜” seam allowance) using a stretch stitch.
Step 6: Clip the corners; be sure not to clip through the stitches.
Step 7: Turn your piece right side out and press.
Step 8: Topstitch along the non-raw edges.
Step 9 (optional): Overlap your ends at the raw edge roughly ¼” and baste them together.
Step 10: Quarter and mark your neckline, your neckband, and your faux collar.
Step 11: Pin or clip your quarters together. The neckband will be sandwiched between your top and your faux collar.
Step 11: Using a serger or stretch stitch, sew the layers together, making sure all of the layers are aligned at the raw edges.
Step 12: Iron your seam downward and topstitch.
Sit back and admire your work because it’s gorgeous!
If you give this a try we’d love to see! Be sure to tag us on instagram @booandlupatterns or share in our Facebook group!