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with Suzy Furrer
Online Class

Patternmaking + Design: Collars & Closures

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Outfit your blouses, dresses, jackets and coats with custom collars alongside Apparel Arts founder Suzy Furrer. Learn to draft both standard and hidden button plackets before moving on to collars. Design quick and easy camp collars, classic Peter Pan collars for a vintage look, trendy band collars (also known as Mandarin or Nehru collars), and dress-shirt-style collars with bands. Draft shawl collars interfaced with hair canvas for a smooth roll line, custom-shaped partial-roll collars and one-piece patterns for full-roll collars. Finish your coat or jacket designs in professional fashion with glamorous Napoleon collars and chic notched collars. You'll also learn about marking for production-ready patterns. Draft collars and closures like a fashion designer.


  • advanced
  • 7 episodes
  • 3h50m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction & Drafting Button Plackets

1. Introduction & Drafting Button Plackets

Meet your instructor, designer and author Suzy Furrer, learn more about the collars and techniques covered in your class, then dive right into designing traditional and hidden button plackets on your bodice sloper. Your placket measurements will later be incorporated into many of your collar designs.

2. Camp Collar & Peter Pan Collar

2. Camp Collar & Peter Pan Collar

The camp collar (or Hawaiian collar) is one of the easiest collars to design and sew. Suzy walks you through the drafting process, then shows you how to draft a flat-falling Peter Pan collar. Suzy also discusses tips for interfacing collars.

3. Band Collar & Collar With Band

3. Band Collar & Collar With Band

Suzy shows how to draft a band collar (also known as a Mandarin or Nehru collar) in two pieces, with shaping around the neck. Then build on your skills as you draft a collar with band. Learn where you should add interfacing and how to adjust for turn of cloth on your collar.

Recommended with this class

  • Bodice sloper
  • Awl
  • Drafting curve
  • Muslin