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I am a complete novice and have to keep looking every technique up as I go along – was actually very rewarding up until I got to step 3: baste integral(?) collar right sides together with back neck edge and switch between clippings.

I keep thinking I am going to stitch the neck hole shut from what I understand – I just can’t work out what it will look like and how this works, what is an integral collar?

Step 4 confuses me further: turn self-facing to inside on FOLDLINE ( tried to see this fold line on pattern, can’t find this at all).

If anyone can help out a poor beginner, please let me know… Am going slightly crazy :)


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    May 3, 2013, 02.49 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Can you add a picture of the finished shirt (the one on the envelope), please?

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    May 3, 2013, 05.18 PMby sewingfan1

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      May 12, 2013, 02.47 PMby Natdem

      That’s exactly the one! I am trying pattern B – mid length dress

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    May 10, 2013, 07.52 PMby 20beverly08

    lookup ‘nancy zieman how to sew a shirt collar’ on youtube.

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    May 12, 2013, 05.32 PMby sewingfan1

    I think an integral collar means it’s gonna look like it’s just part of the finished garment as opposed to a stand up collar or shirt collar which is like a separate entity of its own, not sure that makes sense but it’s basically ‘integrated’ into the dress so it doesn’t stand out on its own. As to the instructions they don’t make much sense to me reading them without seeing the pattern pieces. Are there little clipping marks or inverted black triangles somewhere along the back neck edge or collar on the pattern pieces? because after you’ve basted the collar in place then you do a regular stitch between those 2. It looks like as it comes round to the front there’s not a separate collar piece, you fold the fabric from the front pieces in on themselves to make the self facing. There should be a fold line on the pattern piece to shownexactly where to fold them but maybe it was missed off during printing. i’d look up some illustrated tutorials on various necklines on the internet to give you an idea of exactly what you need to do as it’s not gonna make much sense written down i don’t think. A picture says a thousand words.

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