This is what the finished product looks like and the many ways I decided to style my outfits with my new accessory:
(Note: You might think... really? You made a collage of yourself? I swear I am not vain and I really do not like taking this many pictures of myself but I thought it was a good way to show the versatility of the detachable collar!)
For this project you will need the following:
-A piece of felt
-Some sort of embelishment (beads, sequins, buttons)
-A wide paint brush
-A needle and thread
1. So the first thing you need to do is measure the circumference of your neck. I measured mine to be ~15". Then I placed the tape measurer on a piece of white paper in the shape of my neck. It sorta looks like an alien head (ok, weird description but totally true). So the alien head circumference should be around 15".
2. Once you have the alien head down that measures out to be the circumference of your neck... you can draw out what shape you want your collar to look like. I chose the peter pan collar but you can try doing a scalloped collar, or maybe the pointy collar that we usually see. It's all up to you!
3. Ok, my sketch was not symmetric. So, if you aren't sure if what you traced out for your pattern is even on both sides... just half it down the middle and cut it out according to whatever shape you want so you can be sure it is even on both sides.
4. Now you can use this pattern .. I scotch taped it to a piece of felt and cut out my felt collar according to the stencil. Also I made a vertical cut at the top part because thats where I will add a button and slit to fasten the two pieces together. By the way, the felt that I used is a light blue gray color and made from recycled plastic bottles!
7. I decided that I didn't like the ribbon idea of fastening the collar, so I decided I would go with a button. I would aso try on the collar to make sure you have a good idea of where to place the button and make the slit.
8. I added extra glue to the side of the slit to prevent extra tearing. But make sure you don't glue the two side of the slit together! Then the button can't go through.
9. Carefully add glue and sequins around the slit and ends
10. Tada! You have your own beaded detachable collar!
11. You can also add other embellishments. Here are some examples:
I've seen a lot of beaded and sequined clothing and accessories lately and I think this is a great compromise for me because it is affordable and versatile. I only spent 20 cents on felt. The beads were from a left over project when I beaded my dress and I already had glue and buttons! So not bad for wanting to add a little pizzaz to your wardrobe. Also, there will probably be some bead/embellishment shedding just due to the fact there may be pieces that did not get enough glue. But do not let this stop you from making one!