Sunday, January 30, 2011


most of my scary collection
I believe my collar collecting started a few years ago when I went through an amish-y phase (admittedly I haven't fully moved on...) when I was wearing big yoke collars, modest, knee length floral dresses, and pilgrim shoes. Then I was watching tons of silent movies and started obsessing over the quitessential1920s maid/housework outfit, which is a very plain long and long-sleeved black dress with prim white collar and cuffs (and a white apron of course, but I never went that far)..... and so my collar/cuff thirst has never been sufficiently quenched.

mary pickford - queen of collars

 That is how I have come to the mess you see here. I was all excited to do this post, and then when I brought all my collars (and one pair of beloved cuffs) out from the bottom drawer of the vanity, I was actually a little scared and embarrassed to see exactly how many there were, like maybe this crossed the line from cool to creepy. like a hoarder. a crazy collar lady? But then I thought...maybe I'm not alone here?

 The best places to snatch up detachable collars are church sales/bazaars run by old ladies or antique malls, so I've found. They are usually pretty cheap, too! Oftentimes just a dollar each.  They completely transform any dress to an entirely new one, and I lately have really been loving adding velvet bows in the middle at the neck too (fun and quick to sew if you have some ribbon).

i love the packaging of these! got a whole bunch in a lot on ebay
 Speaking of sewing, this new wonderful hobby of mine has me once again with collars on the brain. Thinking of ways to add them to all my dresses (kind of scary I know - and then what will become of my detachable ones?) and thinking of ways to alter the patterns I have to include a good old fashioned collar. I came across this GREAT website today and just had to share it with you guys - an informative site about collars and collar patterns! Many different kinds! The possibilities! And such a good baby step into pattern drafting !

puritan woman- a MUCH admired look!!


  1. I have never thought about collecting collars but I love your collection and all the info here. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. wow! It is one of the nicest collection that I' ve ever seen!! Is too original!
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  3. Great collection of collars! I love collars but I don't have many dresses I can wear them with.

  4. These are incredible, I only have three!! I need to expand my collection, they completely change a boring outfit.
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  5. I think you have a great collection! I have a compulsion to buy ugly needlepoint/crewel/tapestry work at estate sales. I know how much work went into them and I want to see them go to a good home.

    P.S. I was just thinking the other day about being a 1920s maid for Halloween this year!

  6. I think my favorite one is the simple white one with the velvet bow. What a great project-- I may just have to give it a try!

  7. that is a lot of collars! i don't have any, and i wouldn't know what to do with them. everything i own is low cut :)

  8. Wow you have a very beautiful collection! I've never given collars collecting a thought. I suppose I'll be compelled to buy the next collar I see.

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