Ring Around The Collar


Wiki: “In clothing, a collar is the part of a shirt, dress, coat or blouse that fastens around or frames the neck. Among clothing construction professionals, a collar is differentiated from other necklines such as revers and lapels, by being made from a separate piece of fabric, rather than a folded or cut part of the same piece of fabric used for the main body of the garment.

A collar may also be a separate or detachable accessory worn around the neck.

A ruff served as changeable pieces of cloth that could themselves be laundered separately while keeping the wearer’s doublet from becoming soiled at the neckline.”

If you want to get complicated about what a “collar” is, go here: “Another advantage is that the cost of setting up a collar is (usually) free or nearly free.“…

This is why Ms. SpoolTeacher sews. She believes in Radical Simplicity, in doing what you love, in not worrying about being a bazillionaire. She wants to do what she “loves, the money will follow“… (hopefully, please hopefully, at least enough to support a roof over her head and her electricity to sew, though, she will consider a treadle sewing machine. if it comes to forfeiting electricity!).

singer treadle sewing machine

So one day lately, when the world felt like it was crashing in and symptoms of depression were creeping in, she went straight to “Scrap Central” and pondered what to use to create this “collar” idea that had long been spooling around in her minds eye.

Boo! inspired


The rich black velvet was cut out of a drawstring “sleeve” that had previously been used to carefully transport beautiful drapery rod sampling.

No Scraps Left Un-Spooled

The orange sheer fabric was yardage Ms. SpoolTeacher has been imagining in numerous projects. Among them, her long held hope of eventually making “The Party Dress“. A friend of hers gave her the book and she has been drooling ever since. Not just the beautiful dress, but the idea that this woman made a life for herself doing what she loves. Fabulous, fabulous…Someday…

Click the dress pic to see the book on Amazon.

Mary Adams "The Party Dress Book"

There was enough of the beautiful orange stuff to take a piece from it for this project.

Three times fullness

gather in fullness

ruffle stitched onto black velvet collar band

the purple was cut from a Evan Picone blouse handed down

Hand-me-down purple Evan Picone blouse disassembled

The sleeves will eventually be “Just Sleeve It To Me’d”

ring around the collar

both sides now

the hem of a striped polyester satin skirt

big or small?

big rick-rack

pin and stitch

"Both Sides Now" (listen to Joni Mitchell below)


zig-zag some more

After two rows of zig-zag stitching to secure the ruffle and diminish it’s thickness, the edge will be trimmed.

Textile Art

From that to this

Boo! inspired

About Ms. SpoolTeacher

Ms. SpoolTeacher is a Designer by career profession, a seamstress by passion, a teacher by osmosis. She's very intent on getting off the grid and loves to participate in anything that uses resources that already exist. She is aka Ms. Jackie of all Trades. She can be found expounding around at any of a number of places, click the vintage pattern Gravatar image to see where Ms. SpoolTeacher expounds around.
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5 Responses to Ring Around The Collar

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  3. Raylene says:

    Thinking of you!

  4. Raylene says:

    Thinking of you ! Love your post.

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