Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Introduction to Collars

When we think of a collars we don't really think to ask ourselves, "Why is there a collar?"
We usally just buy a garment because we like it or because it's fashionable. But did you know that when collars were introduced they had a purpose and that was to be either functional or decorative or both. When used for warmth it would then become functional and decorative. When it was used as a decorative feature it enhanced both the garment and the owner.

There are two broad classifications that collars fall into;

Separate set-in collars such as the "Peter Pan" and "Mandarin" collar

Collars developed in part or whole in one with the waist, such as the
"Shawl" collar or "Notched" collars.

Regardless of classification, all collars fit into one of the following categories:

1. Flat Fitting

2. Rolled

3. Stand-up

A flat fitting collar, regardless of width, rolls over from the neckline seam and either ripples or lies flat on the body.

A rolled collar, regardless of width, is a collar that has a stand. a stand is the material under the collar at the center back which extends upward from the garment neckline to the point where a collar rolls or folds over.

A stand up collar is a collar that has no roll back.

Collars may be cut on the bias, lengthwise, or crosswise grain depending upon the pattern or texture of fabric and the effect desired.

In a few days I will be posting more information and pictures of types of collars and collar rules.