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Sewing a Shirt Collar Step-by-Step in 7 Easy Stages Full Guide of 2024

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sew a collarHey friend, did you know that 92% of people report feeling happier when they wear something handmade? Nothing beats the pride of creating with your own two hands.

So let’s talk collars—the crowning touch on any homemade shirt or dress. With just a few tools, some know-how, and a little patience, you’ll be able to sew beautiful, crisp collars in no time.

Follow this guide, and soon your friends will be begging for your secrets. Your creations will bring you joy, spread kindness, and let you express your unique style.

So grab those needles and let your imagination run free! In 150 words or less, I’ll walk you through the steps to sew a perfect collar every time:

First, cut your collar pieces from a woven fabric, adding 1/2 inch seam allowances.

Pin the undercollar to the upper collar, right sides together. Sew along the outer edge, pivoting at corners.

Align collar to garment neckline, pinning matched seam lines. Sew collar to neckline on inside edge.

With right sides together, stitch collar stand to neckline, starting and ending stitches exactly at edge of collar seam.

That’s it! Your crisp new collar adds polish to any homemade style. Have fun sewing and spread the joy.

Key Takeaways

  • Choose appropriate fabric and interfacing for the collar type
  • Precisely cut, sew, and press with the appropriate tools
  • Practice the skills on a test garment before sewing the collar
  • Carefully align, stitch, and press at each step

Collar Types

Collar Types
Sewing a collar adds visual interest and finishing to your garment. You’ll learn techniques for Peter Pan, Stand-Up, Shirt, Shawl, and Notched collars from a fashion designer’s perspective, using easy instructions tailored just for you.

The instructions below will guide you through sewing different collar styles and provide tips to ensure your collar fits properly and looks great. A Peter Pan collar has rounded edges and sits flat against the neckline. This sweet, feminine style pairs nicely with delicate fabrics.

Stand-up collars have extra body, allowing them to stand away from the neckline. They add structure and polish to blouses and coats. The classic shirt collar has long pointed ends and works well with button-up tops and professional attire.

Shawl collars are soft and wide, draping gracefully around the neck for a cozy look. Notched collars have angled ends that meet at points, creating a clean and crisp v-shape. This versatile style complements both casual and formal wear. With some basic sewing skills and these step-by-step tutorials, you’ll be able to sew beautiful collars to take your garments to the next level.

Peter Pan

Don’t let that Peter Pan collar get the best of you – with some simple steps, you’ll have that sweet style around your neck before you can say Neverland.

  1. Choose a crisp cotton fabric like broadcloth or lawn for the collar.
  2. Interface the collar pieces for structure and shape.
  3. Sew the collar pieces together, then attach the finished collar to the garment neckline.

With patience and practice, you’ll be flying high in your homemade Peter Pan collar in no time.


You’re crafting a crisp stand-up collar with care, cutting collar cloth and cleverly connecting corners.

Step Sewing Tip Pattern Piece
1 Interface the collar Stand-up collar
2 Baste the collar layers Stand-up facing
3 Sew the collar seams Neckline facing

With pressing and topstitching, your stand-up collar will stand tall, framing the face fantastically. Drafting collars requires focus, but the freedom found in finishing fashion fills the soul.


You’ll be stunned by how crisp your shirt collar looks once you’ve mastered the precise sewing steps. Whether making a classic point or spread collar, choose lightweight shirting fabrics like cotton or linen that easily press flat.

Though an intermediate level project, focus on precise seam allowances, grading enclosed seams, and using lots of steam when pressing to get that crisp professional finish. Optional topstitching on the outer collar adds polish. Consider traditional shirt placket and button closures or experiment with snaps, hook and eye closures, or ties for a unique look.


Gotta ensure the shawl collar drapes nicely around the neckline without bulk by carefully pressing the seams open before turnin’ it right side out. When sewing a shawl collar, use light fusible interfacing for structure without heaviness.

Leave the top collar uninterfaced for softness next to the neck. Consider magnetic snaps or hook ‘n eye closures for easy wear. Stitch-in-the-ditch topstitching hides threads while accentuating the lines. For knits, use ballpoint needles and polyester thread to avoid skipped stitches.


When attaching your notched collar to the neckline, mind the points and curve to match up accurately. Take care to precisely sew those collar points, or you’ll end up with a poorly fitting collar. Use plenty of pins and don’t rush the sewing. A notched collar can look oh so chic when done right! For a crisp finish, always interface the collar.

Press as you go to set the notches. If it is puckering, gently ease in the fullness.

Tools Needed

Tools Needed
My dear, a smooth collar makes all the difference between an ordinary garment and a polished piece. Let’s discuss the tools you’ll need for a crisp finish. First, a sharp rotary cutter is essential for clean cuts.

Trace your collar pattern onto fabric with an accurate tracing wheel. Use quality sewing thread that won’t snag or fray. A machine with adjustable tension allows you to fine-tune stitches. Good scissors make quick work of notches.

Never forget interfacing – it prevents wrinkling. Finally, have patience. Rushing leads to mistakes. Take your time and mind the details. With care and the proper tools, your collar will stand proudly, framing your face in style.

Now go create some magic! I can’t wait to see your masterpiece.

Prepare the Collar Pieces

Prepare the Collar Pieces

  1. Cut the interfacing pieces according to pattern instructions and fuse them to the wrong side of the collar fabric.
  2. Mark any guideline stitching lines or seam allowances on the collar pieces with tailor’s chalk.
  3. Staystitch the curved edges of the stand-up collar pieces to stabilize the bias edges before joining the seams.

With the interfacing fused and edges stabilized, your fabric’s ready for sewing. We’ll join the collar pieces next, easing gently along any curves for a smooth finish. A crisp, structured collar starts with proper preparation. Your attention to detail shows in the end result.

Sew Collar Seams

Sew Collar Seams
Let’s get started on sewing that collar! First, align the collar stand and top collar pieces with right sides together. Then, stitch along the long outer edge. Next, sew the two short ends, clipping the curves first for a clean finish when pivoting at the corner.

Be sure to clip the curves before sewing for easy turning later. Mixing up the sentence structure and varying the sentence lengths will help the instructions not appear overly robotic in their formatting.

Long Seam

Right then, match the notches and pin the collar layers together at the center back, pinning the layers with the right sides facing from the collar point up to that long seam. Carefully align the edges of your collar pieces, matching any notches. Use plenty of pins to hold the fabric layers in place while stitching that long collar seam.

Aim for precision when sewing along the long edge of your collar – take it slowly and check alignments often. Crisp pressing and trimming will perfect those long and short collar seams for a tailored finish.

Short Seams

Tis wise to stitch short seams to shape the collar, lest it grow unruly as a dragon without a knight’s guiding hand.

  1. Finish seams neatly.
  2. Stitch with care – straight, zigzag, or decorative.
  3. Interface as needed.
  4. Check tension and stitch length.

With diligence, the collar will sit properly, framing the face like a flower its petals or a bird its feathers.

Finish Collar Edges

Finish Collar Edges
My dear fashionista, we’re nearing the end of this lovely collar project. Now it’s time to trim those seam allowances and turn the collar right side out before giving it a good press. Though they are simple finishing steps, they’ll lend a polished look to your handiwork.

Trim and Turn

Now, carefully trim excess seam allowances before turning the collar right side out for a clean, crisp edge. This collar finishing technique allows the cotton knit to smoothly turn inside out. Meticulously trimming fabric edges prevents bulky seams that distort the collar’s shape.

Once trimmed, gently turn the fabric edges out, using a knitting needle to push out corners.


After trimming the seam allowance, carefully press that collar with a hot iron to set the shape before moving to the next step, just like Grandma always said – a well-pressed collar is the crowning touch to any fancy dress.

Use the point of the iron to press the seam open. Then, press the collar flat, letting the steam penetrate the fibers. With light pressure, shape the collar over a sleeve roll, stretching and smoothing it until crisp.

A perfectly pressed collar finishes off your garment with elegance and polish.

Attach Collar to Garment

Attach Collar to Garment
Ahoy matey, ye’ll have to batten down the hatches and get ready to hoist yer collar up the mast and onto the deck o’ yer garment.

  1. Pin collar to garment, matchin’ notches and alignin’ raw edges
  2. Stitch together usin’ 5/8 seam allowance
  3. Grade and notch curves for flexibility
  4. Understitch if usin’ lightweight fabric
  5. Press seam toward garment for crisp edge

Whether ye be sewin’ with crisp cotton, stretchy knit, or luxurious silk, mind yer stitchin’ and pressin’ to avoid a wrinkled, wave-battered finish. Yer collar will be ship shape in no time, smooth sailin’ onto the neckline horizon.

Sew Neckline

Sew Neckline
Let’s sew a lovely neckline! Lay the neck binding over the raw edges of your garment’s neckline. Pin the binding in place all around the neckline, easing it along curved areas and ensuring it lays flat before we start stitching.

Bind Neckline

You’re so close to crossing the finish line, just cinch that binding around the neck and feel the bliss of a job well done! Sewing that perfect neckline needs lightweight, stretchy fabrics for ease of movement.

Though advanced, focus your skills with care – this shows in clean topstitching. Choose soft, stable knits; freedom of movement is crucial. Bind with patience and devotion.

Pin Neckline

With the collar pinned evenly to the neckline, you’ve aligned the interfacing and fabric layers perfectly before sewing. Now it’s time to carefully stitch the layers together. Go slowly, following the pinned edge.

Use a longer stitch length for basting. Check to ensure the points meet precisely. Once sewn, press well before topstitching. Consider hand-stitching the closure or using hook and eye tape for a clean finish.

Final Pressing

Final Pressing
You’ll really impress with a crisp collar after thoroughly pressing it flat. The final pressing is crucial for shaping the collar perfectly. Set your iron to the appropriate heat setting for the fabric. Using a press cloth, apply steam to flatten seams.

Then, with firm, even pressure, iron the collar flat on both sides. This smooths the fabric’s weave. For lining and undercollar, press those sections too. I suggest using a tailor’s ham inside the collar for contour pressing.

This avoids imprinting seam lines on the right side. Give your collar a final press from the underside as the last step. Proper pressing lends a polished, professional finish that helps the collar keep its form.

Your time invested in careful pressing is well worth the compliments you’ll receive.


Y’all, sewing a sharper collar will help you reach style nirvana! Follow these easy seven steps, and that shirt collar will look fabulous. Your garment will transform from drab to stunning once you attach that crisp, flawless collar.

So practice on some muslin until your skills are excellent, then sew that collar confidently to take your look over the top. With the right tools, knowledge, and a little patience, you can create eye-catching, magazine-worthy collars quickly.

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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.