Roll Collar with Neckline Facing, Part 1: The pattern

Instructions from “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing”, Pleasantville, NY, 1980.

1 A. The instructions from “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing” are the basis of my approach combined with what I remember from the technique I learned at the French Fashion Academy. The Rolled Collar is prepared as previously described before creation of the facing and this phase of the garment construction.

The facing for the front of the blouse is in one piece with the bodice.

1 B. Lay the front and back bodice patterns flat with shoulder seams touching. On the back bodice pattern, measure from the neckline along the shoulder the width of the front facing. Trace that amount around the neckline and use a curved ruler to smooth the shape. My neckline facing was 2″ before adding 1/2″ seam lines around.

1 C. Use tracing paper to trace over the shape drawn on the back bodice pattern. Cut and use for cutting the fabric facing.

1 D. Place the pattern piece on the lengthwise fold of your fabric, add 1/2″ seam allowances all around and cut.

Next step, preparing the collar and sewing the facing.