Make friends with your iron.
|Here is the inside of the collar. Notice how you can see the trimmed seams. I also put in stay-stitching to prevent the top of the collar from rolling and to keep the upper edge crisp. The stay-stitching is on the under collar side.|
|This is the collar visible from the outside. The interfacing hides the seam allowances.|
Okay, now my rant.
Here's a portion of the pattern instructions. They are too vague for a beginner and more illustrations of the steps are needed. Gone are the days when schools offer sewing in Home Economic classes to give young students a basic sewing knowledge to tackle a pattern labeled "easy". Also, gone are family members who can offer assistance because they have a knowledge of textiles and sewing techniques.
The cost of the pattern, fabric, notions and thread is expensive! I would hate to see a young sewer invest in a project only to become frustrated and hide it in the back of the closet. Sewing isn't suppose to be a chore, it is the opportunity to create clothing reflecting your personality and setting your look apart from what is available with mass produced goods.
Maybe a solution would be for these small independent companies to have some sewing tutorials on their websites. Or even notations in their patterns where they could have the steps outlined in more details. Or better yet, they could label their patterns to actually reflect the skill level needed and write better instructions.
Pattern companies take note, make your patterns to the best of your abilities to ensure a new generation of sewers.