english girl at home

A Sewing & Knitting Blog, Made in Birmingham, England

Upside Down Blouse Collar…


Oh dear, yesterday evening I thought I’d make a start on a blouse with peter pan collar from The Great British Sewing Bee book. I’d cut the fabric pieces at the weekend so the first step was to put together the collar. It’s a false collar, just two front pieces which will be attached to the neckline and shoulders of the blouse front. Nice and easy. I’d sewn together the collar pieces (rather slowly while watching Spring Watch), trimmed and clipped the seam and pressed the collar flat. Then, when I stopped and took a proper look at the collar pieces, it was obvious that I’d sewn the wrong edge on both pieces. This meant the edge I’d neatly sewn together would be hidden inside the hem, and the side I’d left open would be visible on the blouse. Grrr…
Blouse Collar - work in progress

I did consider unpicking the pieces and reusing them but decided for such small pieces it was probably better to start entirely from scratch, since I’d taken quite a bit of excess fabric off the seam. Here are the correct collar pieces, ready to be attached to the blouse front. Much better.
Blouse Collar - work in progress

I have no idea how I managed to make such a dozy mistake. The pattern instructions even have an image showing the edge that should be sewn together. However, that’s exactly the kind of mistake I do make when sewing and, I guess, the reason we have stitch unpickers! Mine certainly sees a fair bit of use and will no doubt continue to do so.

On a different topic, there are some beautiful aquilegia growing in my garden; all of which were donations from my Mom, planted last year.
In my garden, May 2013
In my garden, May 2013
In my garden, May 2013


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

4 thoughts on “Upside Down Blouse Collar…

  1. Lovely aquilegia, like old fashioned frilly knickers! I have nominated you for a Leibster blog award, I hope you don’t mind.

  2. You and I are clearly on the same sewing wave length – I too have just had a bit of a blouse with collar disaster and also come very late to the Sorbetto party. Love your foot stool/cushion too. Making mag has some excellent stuff in sometimes.

    • I’m addicted to craft/sewing magazines. I have to try not to look too often as it can work out expensive! I love the fabric you used for your Sorbetto. Looking forward to seeing your blouse soon.

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