Drafting Necklines and Collar Patterns

Necklines and collars frame the face and serve as a focal point for whatever you are wearing. It's the first thing someone sees when they look at you and your garment.  Make the most of it! Learn to create neck treatments that flatter your face, as well as the overall design of your clothing.

rust-colored dress with sweetheart neckline

From a simple sweetheart neckline to a traditional schoolgirl Peter Pan collar, the choices you make regarding the neck area of your blouse, top, or dress sends a message about who you are and how you want to be perceived by the world.

Don't you want to make a statement?  Here's the best place to do it!

The Peter Pan collar, besides being a charming, traditional look, can also be "glammed up" with your choice of fabric.  Use satin for the collar (with matching covered buttons), and crepe or velvet for the blouse, and you have a stunning evening look.

black blouse with black satin Peter Pan collar

striped top with boatneck neckline

The boatneck is a very basic neck shape that looks good on anyone. Also called a "bateau" (French for "boat"), this style is often associated with the shirts worn by the French Navy. In a navy and white horizontal stripe it's about as classic as you can get!

Of course, it can also be used on a simple dress or top for an uncomplicated, sometimes elegant look. Dress it up with jewelry on a dressier fabric - it's the perfect backdrop for a stunning necklace.

Speaking of classics, the convertible collar is a very nice complement to a blouse or shirt.

It can be worn open or closed (hence the term "convertible") and looks great either way. 

In a contrast fabric, as shown, it really highlights your face. In a fabric that matches your blouse, it's a staple that you'll wear over and over again.

You'll also find the convertible on casual, camp-style shirts, often in colorful prints.

blouse with convertible collar, worn open

You'll find MUCH more information about collars and necklines in the in-depth tutorial, A Beginner's Guide to Necklines and Collars.  Learn to draft cowl necklines, shawl collars, stand collars, shirt collars, scoop necklines, squared necklines - and variations of all of these! 

Check out the Beginner's Guide to Necklines and Collars now!

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