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There's been an abundance of collars in the K-pop world lately and the trend doesn't seem to be dying out any time soon. As I was leisurely re-watching Orange Caramel's Lipstick MV one afternoon I took note of their collared dresses and orange tennis outfits and how wonderfully vibrant and fun the styling was. So, I then decided that I would take some plaid fabric and the ugliest belt ever (...sorry Nan) and create a Lipstick inspired detachable collar.
- A belt you are willing to cut up. Mine was given to me by my Nan...let's just say it's not my style.
- A small piece of fabric
- Scissors. Don't use your fabric scissors when cutting materials like the belt though, it will make them blunt
- Hook & Eye
- Sewing Machine
- Matching threads for hand stitching & sewing
- Fabric glue
- Measuring tape/ruler
- Take your belt and lay it flat, trim off the buckle section and any round edges so that you are left with a straight piece of belt.
- Place the belt strip around your neck and determine where you want your collar to end and sit. Make a mark and cut a few mm away from this mark. I cut my piece to measure 42 cm.
- Fold your piece of fabric in half. Lay the piece of belt on the piece of fabric. Make marks 1.5cm from the edge all the way around the belt rectangle (this will become our seam allowance). Cut 1.5cm from the edge around the perimeter of the belt. Make sure you are either cutting on the fold of the fabric or are cutting two layers, we need two identical pieces.
- Place the two fabric piece right sides together and sew, 1.5cm from the edge, around 3 of the 4 sides. I suggest leave one of the shorter ends open, this will be easier to sew up later on.
- Trim corner seam allowance down, this makes corners sharper. Turn the panel inside out using the gap left to do so, use the safety pin method if you are having trouble.
- Give the piece a good iron and be sure to fold in 1.5cm of the edge left un sewn and iron too.
- Either blind stitch by hand or top stitch the entire perimeter to secure un sewn section. I opted to top stitch for a neater look. To top stitch, sew as close to the edge as possible around the perimeter, taking care when sewing up the gap left un sewn.
- By now, the collar is starting to take shape. Determine which side you want to face out and lay it wrong side down on the floor. Take the hook and eye and place each on the top corner of either end. Hold them in place and do a quick check to make sure they are where they are meant to be.
- Sew the hook & eye on to the fabric, only take the thread through the one layer in order to conceal the stitches.
- Once the hook & eye is sewn on you technically already have your collar made! For the finishing touch take the belt piece prepared earlier. Lay the fabric collar right side up and the belt piece wrong side up.
- Apply the fabric glue around the perimeter of the belt piece. Dob a few splotches of glue in the centre of the belt piece and on the corners of the fabric collar just in case as well.
- Press the belt piece on to the collar piece, lining up the corners and edges carefully. Allow to dry for time stated on the fabric glue container. Mine was left to dry overnight.
- Your collar is now ready to wear!
You can achieve different looks depending on what belt or fabric you use, and the possibilities are endless. I really like how the belt I used had a transparent plastic material with stripes on it, the stripes reminded me of the tennis concept in the Orange Caramel video. Choosing a sturdier and thicker belt will ensure that your collar has a bit more structure to it.
What other K-Pop collars do you love? Let us know if you tried this DIY yourself.
- - - By Lillian