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Lola Loves… Making a reversible and detachable collar

I love weekends. I almost always manage to finish a project at the weekend, meaning I end up with a lovely new something without even having to venture to the shops! Last weekend it was this Peter Pan collar, which I made from a pattern in Mollie Makes (issue 15), you find the template here.

Reversible detachable collar - a quick and easy make!

Reversible detachable collar – a quick and easy make!

Reversible and detachable collars: A great way to jazz up and outfit

Reversible and detachable collars: A great way to jazz up and outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found a fab pillowcase from a near-by charity shop for 50p, I love the subtle lace print on it and thought it was perfect for a collar.

I decided to back the collar in a contrasting colour, making it reversible. I chose dark grey felt to add a bit of substance and thickness, as well as an interesting texture.

I also added a number of pearlised and pale buttons to the felt to add a bit more interest.

I fastened it with a hook and eye fastener.

I’ve already worn it and already thought of  making another (a red and white polka dot one  to jazz-up my LBD, perhaps?)

They’re very quick and easy. Just mark, cut and pin the fabric (the template is in two pieces). Sew all but the shortest side, which is the join at the back. Turn inside out, sew the two pieces together at the join and add a fastener. The Mollie Makes version is sequined, which is more time-consuming, but fabulous.

So what next? This issue of Mollie Makes came with the instructions and material to make a retro luggage case, so guess what I’ll be doing come Sunday!

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Lola loves… an easy to make 1950s fascinator

Handmaking your own fascinator, 1950s style

Handmaking your own fascinator, 1950s style

As promised, here’s the fascinator I made for the recent wedding, which I blogged about yesterday. I went for a 1950s style to match my outfit (I was going for Mad Men of course, who wouldn’t).

In terms of how-tos, there’s little to tell you about this project — it’s simply a matter of choosing your colours, buying your individual items and fashioning them together.

I cheated and bought a ready-made teardrop shaped sinamay fascinator base, but next time I’ll be good and hand make one, honest!

I made a red velvet bow a la Elsie Larson for the back and attached faux (okay, obviously plastic) cherries to the back to add a fun, rockabilly element. I also stitched netting to the front and a hair comb on the underneath of the base to secure it to my hair.

What do ya think? I loved making it and have the distinct feeling I’ll be making more. In fact, I may start a revolution; let’s get women wearing fascinators more often! They’re all too easily limited to weddings and the confines of our own homes and quite frankly, it’s weird (but wonderful) wearing one while doing housework!

 Here’s another one I made recently. Have you got any tips or examples of homemade fascinators?
Here's the top of the handmade 1950s fascinator

Here’s the top of the handmade 1950s fascinator

...And here's the back of the handmade 1950s fascinator

…And here’s the back of the handmade 1950s fascinator


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