I made the collar out of white pique' and used white broadcloth for the lining. First, with wrong sides together, stitch the collar and lining together along the outer edge using a 5/8" seam allowance. Trim the excess fabric away, close to the stitching line.
Next, open up the bias piece and position it so that the pique' edge is resting on the outer edge of the collar and pin the folded edge in place. The wrong side of the bias is flattened out and is not stitched at this time. By trial and error, I found it helpful to open up the bias and run a gathering stitch on the machine on the fold line. I was then able to ease in the any fullness so that the folded edge lay flat for stitching. Pin the bias piece in place and stitch over the folded edge using a small zigzag stitch.
On the wrong side of the collar, pin the folded edge of the bias piece in place and slip stitch by hand. I was able to ease in any fullness as I went along.
I was very pleased with the finished look of the collar and looking forward to adding more colors to my stash!
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