I've been taking a different approach to my winter wardrobe this year in that I'm wearing my summer dresses. Yes, this sounds a bit weird, but let me clarify that I am layering with my summer dresses. I'll add a blouse, sweater, or collar over a summer dress to make it warm enough for the season and to expand my wardrobe. This often makes the dress look like I wearing a skirt and top, which leads to compliments about my "new fancy skirt." Oh, how I wish.
Now, adding a bit of an accessory to a dress, making it look like another *newer* dress, is not a new idea. In fact, I got the idea from flipping through 1940s Ladies Home Journal issues. Now, while I haven't started adding sashes (as shown above) to my dresses, I have been very keen on the idea of "changing" my dresses with detachable collars.
Sears catalog, 1935 [Source]
Detachable collars are a common sight in 1930s mail order catalogs, like this layout Elide posted on her blog a while ago. While I have a couple in my collection, they are ones that came with homemade vintage dresses I bought and normally only work with the dress it came with. (I'm assuming the seamstress did make others for that dress, but they have long been separated from one other.) So, I've been looking for collars that are versatile with my wardrobe, which has led me to several tutorials. So far, the one I've really liked is this one from Megan Nielson for a Scalloped-edge Pearl Collar. When I make it, I would omit the pearls, so it is better for everyday wear.
Unfortunately, I don't really have the time to sew anything up right now, so I was very happy to see that Previously had the new collar she spoke of making all ready for sale at the DIY Trunk Show last month. I tried it on, fell in love, and snatched one up for myself. I'm happily wearing it as I type right now and love how it transforms my shirts and dresses into something else entirely. Now, I just need to find the time to make that scalloped one for myself and I can really start emulating that 1930s wardrobe!
Anyone know of any other tutorials or shops for detachable collars?