8 Aug 2013

The 1934 collar en cuff in action!

Here are the pictures! Click here for the original 1934 pattern.
Of course, my version is less 'dramatic' sizewise than the original, but I think it is definitely more wearable. The collar really 'wants' to stay in a circular form, but after starching and ironing it stays nicely in shape:

(Sorry for my hair, it wasn't styled yet and I didn't wear make-up either) Though it's not clearly visible, I'm posing with an 1950's book on etiquette from the thrift shop!
Here is the full set on another sweater of mine:

8 ways to combine the pieces:
1. Just the collar:

2. The collar with the bow:

3. The cuffs with the bows
4. A small bow worn as a brooch

5. The small bow worn as a brooch in combination with the cuffs
6. The big bow in combination with the cuffs

7. The collar and bow worn with the cuffs
8. The set worn as originally designed

Notes on starching: 
Starch was used during the past decades to make household linens and clothes last longer. Especially the most used parts of the outfits like collars and cuffs were treated to prevent staining and weakening the fabric.
Yhe mixture I used is again a kitchen-purpose cornstarch:
Mix 1 heaping teaspoon of cornstarch with 300 ml of cold water and stir until it is completely dissolved. I dipped the cuffs and only the chain edges of the collar. Ironed it at medium temperature (for cotton) not too hot because thet could burn the cornstarch making brown spots.

An 1934 instruction:

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