Months and months ago (maybe a year?) I bought this vintage lace collar on Etsy.
|This one is sold out but there are similar ones in the same shop.|
My original idea was to applique it onto a cardigan, but my vision didn't really work out in reality, and then I got busy, so the collar was relegated to my trim box and forgotten about.
Then this summer when my roommate was moving out she had a bag of clothes she was getting rid of and asked me if I wanted to look through it before she donated it.
I found a super soft black turtleneck sweater with gathered shoulders (the sleeves were too short on her--never a problem for me), which I decided to keep.
I'm not a huge fan of turtlenecks, but I'd successfully turned a turtleneck into a crew neck sweater before (by cutting off the turtleneck and hemming the opening with a stretch stitch), so I thought I could just do it again.
But it was August and I had no use for sweaters then, so it also fell into the to-do pile, and both sweater and collar were forgotten about until I came across them while searching for glue sticks (I need a better craft organizing system, I know).
At which point the lace collared sweater idea was born!
I knew I could sew it up in an evening, so I put on a few episodes of Breaking Bad and got to work.
|Hand sewing the collar, pinned in place. Dainty stork embroidery scissors on a pink ribbon.|
|They sleeves are a bit droopy on the dressform, but you can kind of see the gathered shoulder detail.|
|The inside edge of the collar was straight so to stitch it to the round opening I had to gather it a bit, giving it a little bit of volume. I also like how the tops of the big flowers peek up above the edge of the collar.|
Normally when taking the neck off the turtleneck there would still be enough stretch in the knit, even after hemming, to be able to avoid cutting open a slit.
But because I sewed the collar around the neck opening, and the collar wasn't stretchy, I had to cut down the back a bit to be able to fit my head through.
This ended up being a blessing in disguise because the keyhole detail in the back adds a little something to the sweater, especially with a vintage mother of pearl button to clasp it.
And for once I actually have a few pictures of myself wearing the garment!
I put it on for an evening of snacks and presents on Sunday when a group of friends and I had a Secret Santa to exchange gifts.
|This one's a bit blurry, but it looked so nice with the pearls.|
I styled the sweater with pearl studs, loose curls, dark wash jeans, and my Hunter Regent Carlyle rain boots (it was raining).
|Still mastering the art of the mirror self portrait.|
Here I am, happily holding the giant pile of gifts I'm about to unwrap which turned out to be a mountain of chocolates!
I am definitely going to have to have my roommates help me out cause there's no way I'll be able to fit into the sweater if I eat it all.
This was a really quick and fun project--not to mention super cheap (the collar was $2.50 and the sweater was free!)--so I think I might try it again.
Maybe a black collar on a white sweater?