Carol, I've tried to find a tutorial on how Nancy Zieman does this, but so far no luck.
Do you happen to have her little book, 'The Busy Woman's Sewing Book'? This good
way to attach a collar stand (and her magic collar too) are in this little book. If you
don't already have it, this may be THE best sewing book I've ever seen. It is chock
full of good tips....no filler in this book! And it's a small book, as I said. It's older,
but just as useful today.
This is one of those super simple things that is harder to describe than to execute.
But here goes....You don't sew the band together at all before attaching to the neck
Nancy begins by saying that since the neck edge of the collar band has an outward
curve and the neck edge of the blouse has an inward curve, it's easier to sew the
two contrary shapes together if you use a 1/4 inch seam. So, trim 3/8 inch from
the neck edge of the front, back, and collar band.
Place a small nip on the top of the collar stand, at the dot (where it starts to curve
down on the front, leading edge).
She cuts her fusible interfacing to exactly the size of the band, with the seam
allowance completely removed (from interfacing). She then uses the interfacing
as a stitching guide too. (in other words, your interfacing will be the exact same
size as the finished collar stand).
Next, sew the collar band onto the neck edge. Sandwich the collar band on each
side of the neckline. Sew the bands to the garment along the neckline seam
with a 1/4 inch seam.
You will need to roll up the shirt front into a cone shape until the fabric is rolled
out of the way, when you start to sew the curved front part. (This makes perfect
sense when you do it, otherwise you'd catch the shirt in the stitching).
After the shirt fronts are rolled out of the way, the collar stands meet right sides
together. Sew the curve of the collar stand following the interfacing edge. STOP
at the nip.
Then turn the collar band to the right side and check for accuracy (to see if you
got a nice little curve you like). If it looks good, turn wrong side out again and
restitch the curve with short stitch length.
Now you can trim that little curved area on the leading edge, really close to
remove the bulk that normally causes a big lump there. Lump gone! Perfect
collar band attached : ).
Clear as mud? I hope not lol! And I hope Nancy will forgive me for partially
copying word for word her instructions out of her book. Hope you can get
this book....it's a real winner.
Others use this technique. David Coffin for one, in his excellent book called
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