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Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday Morning Inspiration

Good Morning Everyone!! I'm back from a wonderful weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. You may remember that Helen Haughey asked me to help teach a weekend workshop on making the perfect sheath dress. Along with the class, we were treated to a private tour of the new exhibit at the Frist Museum, "Italian Style Since 1945." I'll share a little more about the exhibit in an upcoming post as it was such a treat and of course, I came home with the book!!
Last week I came across a number of collar examples that I thought were especially interesting, so I thought I would share them today. We've had other collar inspiration posts in the past. It seems that when it comes to collars, the possibilities are endless!
Here's a mandarin collar with what looks to be a detachable convertible collar.  
I think I've shared this collar in a previous post, but I think it's worth a second look. A shaped mandarin collar with a cut out detail and the added accent of the tie. Beautiful! 
 A double peter pan collar. Take note of the top collaqr and how it tapers to nothing in the back.
 A convertible collar with a seam. The added insert detail really sets off the collar.
Take a close look at this collar. The tips actually have origami type folds. So interesting. The picket is also quite interesting.
A simple convertible collar made a little more interesting with the staggering detail.
I may have shown this collar in the past, but again, worth another look as it is simply sensational. 
 The next 2 examples are from the same designer. The jacket has 2 collars and the blouse has 3.
 Two collars with the illusion of a third. Such a beautiful use of lace.
The next 2 collars are from the Pattern Magic books. I think these books are well worth the investment.

 Below is a collage of collars with decorative inspiration.
 Take a great piece of fabric, make a collar and wear it with everything from a simple sweater to a dress, or under a jacket.
 Here's another idea of detached collar using interesting details.
So, the next time you pull out that pattern to make a blouse, shirt, or jacket, don't just make the boring collar that's shown, spice it up a bit with a little something unexpected!



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26 comments:

  1. Thanks Rhonda - I love the idea of making a collar to wear with plain tops . Would be a great way to use leftover fabric- not that I have any -LOL

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    1. I have a number of vintage collars which I'll share in another post. Collars can be a great way to use all sorts of extras we have around. Again, not that we have "extras!!!"

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  2. That's a wonderful collection of collars! I agree with regarding the Italian fashion exhibit, really wonderful.

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  3. What a nice exhibit. Leaves one feeling inspired!

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  4. Interesting collars for sure.

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  5. I really liked looking at all those collars, and love the workmanship that must have gone into them. But this has made me realize how much I like actually wearing boring collars! But some of the collage collars were cute, I liked that navy with lace trim at the bottom.

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  6. Wow! There are some impressive collars there - they rather make my head hurt trying to work out how they have been made!

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  7. Very interesting - thank you Rhonda.

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  8. Ditto twotoast...Wow! These truly are beautiful collars! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I love the double Peter Pan collar. Dramatic, yet understated. The Italian Style exhibit came to Portland this winter. What an inspiration. Lucky you!

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  10. I love your inspiration posts. Some real gems here.

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  11. Lots of cool inspiration! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  12. Some lovely collars. The detachable options remind me of my Mom's crochet collars. She went thru a phase and I have several in different colors. Enjoyed wearing them for some time. Haven't pulled them out in years, however.

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  13. Thank you so much for all that fun info on collars. I had no idea you could do so much.
    Hugs, Joy

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  14. Oh the art of fabric manipulation! I love your inspiration posts.

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  15. Some really wonderful ideas here! Why, why, why are there so many ideas out there - just too many to be able to try all of them out.

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  16. Lovely collars giving lots of inspiration. I made a shirt using the second Pattern Magic collar with the measures directly from the book. I love it but it is a bit 'Elvis' so anyone thinking of trying that one be warned!

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    1. It's a great collar, so thanks for letting us know that a muslin is in order!

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  17. What great variety of design! I especially like the lace top with the multiple collars, even though the poor model looks rather Tim Burton-ish in it. I've always liked the idea of interchangeable collars to spiff up a plain top or dress.

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    1. OMG, you are so right with the Tim Burton comparison. Maybe that's what attracted me as I am a huge Burton fan.

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  18. Rhonda, such an inspiring post full of collars! I have a blouse that is made with a mandarin collar, with buttons to accept a removable collar. All these collars make me want to go make a few fun collars!

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  19. Thank you for sharing, very inspiring!

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  20. Hi Rhonda, do you know the source of the photo with the mandarin collar? It's beautiful and I'd like to share it but would love to know where it was published so I can give them credit. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Amy, I googled the image and tried to find the original picture and where it came from, but I had no luck. So sorry.

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