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How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

January 16, 2013

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

I really enjoy taking something that would normally end up in the trash and make it into a something beautiful, into something that is desirable. Upcycling is for me one of the best of human achievements -using our innate creativity to uplift and improve ourselves and our environment.  Imagine applying it to all aspects of live.

This once was one of favourite silk shirt but eventually the collar and cuffs  became worn through and frayed, and the fabric just started to tear. I so loved the shirt that shared many enjoyable moments with me that I was determined to recycle all of it. ( I have already been using some of the fabric to start mending my piano shawl – more about that “long-mend” in an upcoming post.)

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

The raw material

I did not take a pic to show the state of the collar was in before I began, as my initial idea was to cut off the collar leaf and to just make choker from the collar stand with the lace and pearl beading, as in my sketch.  My daughter really wanted a full collar so it was back to the drawing board.  I decided to a reversible Baroque collar that could be worn folded up or down.

You may want to use this  idea to make a Baroque choker as it is an easy way of fastening a choker necklace with the button at the back.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Make a choker collar necklace from a n old collar

The  pic  below of the cuff will give you an idea what the collar looked like. (I have ideas for the cuffs too!)

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

This is basically the state the collar was in

What do you need to do this project?

For this project I decided not to buy anything but only use what I already had. I am sure if you are already sewing you will have the materials needed:

  • An old shirt
  • Sewing thread matching the shirt colour
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beading and Embroidery Needles
  • Pearls and Beads
  • Lace to trim the collar (optional) – I used a piece of left over lace from another project

Step One: Cut off the collar, or if you want to do it properly unpick the stitches to separate the collar from the shirt and resew. I just hate unpicking .

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Cut off collar and lace

Step 2: Before I could get onto the decorative elements I had to mend the frayed edges and to patch the place where the collar was worn through. I used blanket stitch to edge the collar.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

In this pic you can see some of the patching and edging finish with frayed bottom edge still to be cleaned up.

Step 3: Once I have mended the collar, I sewed vintage glass seed beads all around the edges of the collar that I salvaged from an old dress. (How to embroider with beads)

Step 4:  For the embroidery I used only two stitches running stitch and lazy daisy stitch. I worked out the design freehand – first to hide the mending and then I filled in the gaps to make it pretty. Still really simple so that even a beginner can do it.  Freehand embroidery is for me like Zentangle – you start at one place and the design develops. The best way to understand the process is to have a look at the basics of Zentangle.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Seed beads on the edges and running stitch outlines

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

I developed the embroidery design on the go firstly to cover the patching

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Back of the collar embrodery

Step 5: After I finished the basic embroidery with beading, I sewed on the lace on the front parts of the collar.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Step 7: To link the lace with the rest of the design I continued the embroidery and beading so that it formed a cohesive design as you can see in the pictures.

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

collar hanger post

Finished! This will give you an idea how to transform what is basically a piece of scrap into a treasure. 

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Collar up back view

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Finished collar

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Collar down back

How to make a worn out Collar into Baroque Collar Necklace

Collar leaf worn down

collar full

 

 

DIY Baroque Collar - click for tutorial

Chanel – cream Baroque inspiration

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2013 2:55 pm

    This is beautiful! My next embroidery project will be one of these collars! I was just curious on how you finished the back side. But now I see that you kept the stitching very neat on the underside of the collar. I was going back and forth with constructing a new collar in order to use the underside to conceal the stitch lines. Now I am even more excited! I have two kids that I stay home to raise so sometimes time is not my friend.

  2. January 16, 2013 3:24 pm

    Thanks I so enjoyed making it. I do have to check that that I don’t stitch through and I did on occasions, but I cheated instead of unpicking I just incorporated the stitch that went through into the design to conceal. (I will go to great lengths to avoid unpicking) This project is easy and you can just stitch when you have a moment.Two kids will keep you busy enough! When my kids were younger, the only time to sew was when they were asleep, and most of the sewing were dolls and mending, the rest of the time was cooking and cleaning.

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