How to Make a Woman's Victorian Collar

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How to Make a Woman's Victorian Collar
Victorian women wore high collars to show modesty. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

During Victorian times, many men and women wore high collars to hide the throat. Most women's Victorian collars were made from lace or other lightweight fabrics to improve the aesthetics of the collar and make it more feminine. You can make your own version of a Victorian collar by gathering a long strip of lightweight fabric or lace into a collar shape. Use this collar as a lightweight scarf or to add texture to any outfit.

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Things you need

  • Filmy fabric or lace, 80 inches long by 8 inches wide
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Cut two strips from the filmy fabric or lace. Cut one strip equalling about 40 inches long and 6 inches wide. Cut the second strip of fabric about 40 inches long and 8 inches long. This will give you more dimension and fluff to the collar.

  2. 2

    Stack the two pieces of fabric on top of each other. Make sure the right side of the fabric faces up for both pieces. If you use lace or another fabric where both sides that are the same, it doesn't matter which side you use.

  3. 3

    Sew a straight vertical line down the centre of the fabric about 1/2 inch to the left of the exact centre. Sew a second line about 1/2 inch to the right of the exact centre of the fabric. Leave a long line of loose thread at the end so you can pull it tight.

  4. 4

    Pull the threads to create a gather in the fabric. Pull the threads so that the finished size of the collar is about twice the circumference of your neck. This will leave enough excess fabric to tuck under the collar of your shirt or lay over the top.

  5. 5

    Sew reinforcing stitches across the bottom of the collar where you pulled the strings tight. This will prevent the collar from unravelling. Cut any excess threads to hide the gathered area.

Tips and warnings

  • Wrap the collar around your neck like a turtleneck sweater or wrap it around your neck like a short scarf.

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