Note 05.31.19: We periodically go back through our posts to make updates. In 2014, we created a variation of our Alder Shirtdress pattern and gave it the title ‘Alder Variation 01: Mandarin Collar’. In the 5 years that have passed, we’ve listened and learned a lot, from people of color and on our own, about cultural appropriation, racial microagressions, and cultural insensitivity. We recognize that we likely harmed and offended people with this terminology, and to be accountable for that we have changed the name of the post. We will refer to this type of collar as a band collar going forward. To maintain transparency, and uphold editorial history, we are leaving the contents of the post as is.
Today’s Alder Shirtdress variation is an easy one, the Mandarin Collar. You don’t need any extra pattern pieces, in fact you need less. The mandarin collar is actually just the collar stand without the addition of the collar.
Start by fusing the wrong side side of one of the collar stands.
With right sides together align the interfaced and non interfaced collar stand and stitch around the upper edge.
Grade the seam allowances as shown above.
You now have a collar stand that looks like this. Follow the rest of the Alder Sew Along instructions starting here at Day 10 to complete the rest of your Alder.
Super easy! This collar looks great buttoned and unbuttoned and can be a bit more casual than the full collar.