Tuesday, September 18, 2012

On collars (again)

Further to the joys of spangly collars, one can make use of the current trend of buttoned-up shirts, and have a sparkly neckline by wearing a short necklace under the collar, so it pokes through at the front. Which is easier than beading your collars, and cheaper than buying them pre-beaded!

I did this once when working in a rather snooty clothing concession in a department store, but apparently this was 'too formal'. Yet this was the kind of place which stocked those feathery things people pop on their heads to go to the races,  and 'mother of the bride' dresses. Go figure. Any ho, due to the aforementioned trend of buttoned-up shirts, used judiciously one shouldn't look too overdressed with a bit of short-necklace-under-collar action!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

On Collars

 Sparkly collars seem to be everywhere at the moment. Maybe I have fashion-foretelling powers, because I had a go last Christmas when I had itchy fingers and nothing to do! 
Top tip: make sure you sew the beads on the right side of the collar, lest you should have to unpick a collar's worth of beads, like I did!

To Make:

Sew long beads on to the collar using a back stitch: Sew the first bead on, then sew through it again, this time threading another bead on to the thread, and sew it down. This should help to keep them in a straight line. I uses black thread for the long beads, and gold thread for the small ones.