DIY: Black Collar Fashion

I have a couple of bold collar "statement pieces" made years ago from costume work, however they aren't as casual as I'd like them to be. I thought this was the perfect moment to show you a way of creating your very own collar treatment, and in leather form, because I love working with leather just as much as lace, but that's a whole other story!

I designed several versions, and since there are many of you who have recently requested a few more simple sewing DIY's here's an easy version of my leather collar piece below.

Metal Snaps (3)
Metal piece as trim 
Measuring tape
Sewing machine 
Awl (optional)
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Measure collar from shirt or create a pattern. Either way is painless, however by saving time you can simply use a blouse or shirt as an outline.

After deciding on the shape of your collar, mark and cut the leather. Make certain to follow the neck-curve, because your pattern will not be a straight line. You may create a piece with or without a collar stand. This version is done without a stand for my style versatility, and there’s hardly any sewing required. Of course, you may be prompted to use an ready-made collar with a stand from an old shirt as well!  

For stability cut interfusing, and adhere it to the collar piece by steam (ironing) or fabric bonding glue. Press flat. *This will be the same shape of your collar, yet slightly smaller than your collar piece from the top edge.
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Fold in the top edge of the collar and topstitch 1/8” (from right side toward wrong side), with the starting point approx. 5cm/2in.+/- away from the front end of the collar. With chalk or an awl mark placement for snaps, I opted to put them on the top part of my collar. Insert snap-tops: one on each side on the face side of the fabric.

Put the collar on, measuring the distance between each snap and cut one strip of fabric/ neck strip (+ with interfusing) that covers this distance measurement + desired width. This measurement will depend on how you want your collar to look, i.e., having a more open or closed appeal, and/or how your snaps are initially placed. My neck strip is approx. 3”L X .625”W.
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Add the snap-bottoms (snap #1 and #2) to each side of the neck strip, leaving space in the center for your trim. Add a new snap-bottom (snap #3) to the center of the neck strip. For my trim I cut and used a metal filigree design. Glue the snap-top (snap #3) to your trim. Let dry.
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With this snap technique I am able to change my collar by using other trims I've made ... if you want to use ribbon instead of snaps that's even easier! I also decided to make a second collar in a different style using shantung silk, old chain necklaces, and a button trim in black and white. 
Mission complete! Now you have a new leather collar statement piece!

Stay tuned for more DIY's of all levels soon! Enjoy!



  1. Wooow it looks fantastic and very professional! well done :D 

  2. good blogger share a useful tips, and you just did it darling,. XD

    love from!/

  3. Love it!
    Awesome DIY!


  4. These collars are awesome Madison!!

  5. I absolutely LOVE that you did a DIY on these collars! I have seen them sold at shops for upwards of $75 - it's amazing to see how easily they can be re-created for less!  :)

  6. sartorialsidelines11 June, 2012

    These look so amazing! 

    Courtney ~

  7. Beautiful!!!


  8. Thanks so much Rocquelle! It was fun to create.

  9. So glad that you liked them hun! I know, I've see many priced quite high, but there are so many ways to make your own and save! :) xx

  10. This is sheer sheer genius, one of my fave craftista moment of yours of all time - purely because I am yet to make my own filled with studs and whatever else I have!

    Brilliant! Have a great week Madison!

  11. You really have embraced collars and made them fun statements!  Great DIY!

  12. GlamKitten8811 June, 2012

    I love detachable collars, especially ones that have some kind of cute embellishment.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  13. ohhh these collars look awesome!! great DIY!

  14. Oh to Be a Muse11 June, 2012

    You are definitely a leather and lace kind of girl. I love what you did with both collars, especially the black one. The gold detail in the center is killer.

  15. great idea, love this! 

    xo Megan

  16. The Dainty Dolls House11 June, 2012

    Love's super cool!! Will have to make myself one :))) Hope you are having a great day doll!! xxx

  17. Love these creations!  They're pieces of art! :) xoxo

  18. Thanks love! Have a joyous week. xxoo

  19. Celia Aranda11 June, 2012

    This is unbelievable! I´m completely in love with these collars :D

  20. I've been wanting to do this for SO long! I wanted to stud a collar ;) These are super cute!

  21. Carolyn´s Photography11 June, 2012

    U did a good job!!! love it! congrats!!!! : )


  22. It is details like that really catch the eye. Brilliant. Xxxx

  23. Mary Jo at Trustyourstyle11 June, 2012

    You always have the best diys! I still have to get to some of the past ones that you've done. This week is about pillow covers, we'll see how that goes as I'm the world's laziest diyer, haha. Happy Monday :)

    xo Mary Jo

  24. Love these!  I definitely need to get my hands on some leather and studs!
    ♡ Lexi
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    WEDDINGS:  Glitter Weddings 

  25. This was really cool! Glad I saw this, has given me some inspiration :) 

  26. This is an awesome DIY.  I love the collar, and I've been seeing them everywhere but haven't tried it yet!

  27. Oh my gosh. So so cute! Love how it came out!

  28. You are so talented!  I love the different feels of these collars and they look (kinda) easy!  I should really try it out some time!

    xoxo,Chic 'n Cheap Living

  29. OMG what a wonderful idea! You are a genius! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  30. Stylish ByNature12 June, 2012

    What a great idea !! I wanna try it myself :)

    New post up...

  31. Thanks Alexis! They were definitely fun to make. 

  32. Thanks Cheryl! hehe. Yes, I love leather and lace! Have a great week.

  33. Aww, Thank you Mary Jo! This version is quite easy! There are other complicated ones, but I'm certain you can do this one. Have a wonderful week!

  34. I'm so happy that you liked them too! I've already worn them out. :)

  35. francesca romana capizzi12 June, 2012

    You genius!!! I love the idea!!!

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  36. SACRAMENTO Amate12 June, 2012

    I love, love the first black one, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

  37. The Mind's Clothes12 June, 2012

    amazing DIY !
    Very nice creation ;)

  38. What a great idea to update some old looks!

  39. i love how it turned out! such a great idea!



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  40. Mary Summers12 June, 2012

    Oh my gosh you are so talented! I wish I could do this sort of thing. I love the first one. So amazing!

    M.A.S. Fashion

  41. Now that's what I call inspired: simple to make, fabulous to wear.

  42. girl you make it look so easy! I am so not a DIYer but i love the step by step process! : )

  43. i love your ideas for embellishing! there's so much you can do..

  44. This is such an awesome tutorial. I wish I can pull off making my own  detachable collars.

    P.S. Let´s exchange links. :)

  45. I love this DIY- may have to try it for myself!

  46. Great DIY projects! Those are so incredibly chic! You are so creative and talented. Thanks for the inspiration!

  47. love the first one - it's so cool!

  48. Hi Glee, these are incredibly easy so do give it a try! -xo

  49. Thanks so much Neris! xx

  50. Thanks! So glad that you liked it! Yes, they are quite easy to do, depending on what you want on them. Give them a try, can't wait to see if you do! :)

  51. This is such a great idea to be able to change the customisation using the press studs - I love it! Thanks for linking up.

    Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]

  52. I LOVE these collars! I've gotta find these snaps!

  53. thanks for the DIY it is so great idea!
    xoxo from france

  54. Averysweetblog18 June, 2012

    Very talented! Collars are definitely the new thing :)

  55. Thank you so much! I loved linking up and viewing the others as well. xx

  56. Daisy Roadster and Coco19 June, 2012

    I see you're also on DIYs , very interesting! I like the white one ! Thanks for sharing. I also posted a new DIY today too ! Come and have a look if you want !


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