Let us teach you how to draft a Mandarin collar. This collar is in a category known as a stand collar, meaning that it stands up on the neck. It is also known as a Nehru or Chinese collar, depending on how you choose to stylize the collar point. We’ll demonstrate how to draft the collar and then how to turn your Mandarin collar draft into a pattern. Once you’ve learned how to draft this collar you are ready to move on to our other collar lessons like the Peter Pan, the Convertible and the Sailor collar.
The slopers needed for this lesson can be found and drafted in our Pattern making lesson: Drafting a Shoulder Dart Bodice Sloper from Measurements, or you can download and print our free Women’s Bodice Slopers included in our lesson: Pivoting a Bodice Shoulder Dart to a Side Bust Dart.
|Mandarin Collar Draft
|Mandarin Collar Pattern
MODULE 1 • Mandarin Collar Draft
|For this lesson, you will prepare 1 piece of white unlined pattern measuring 16” (40.6cm) square.
|You will also need your front and back neck measurement. Here, we will refer to our Fitted Torso sloper. Measure the front neck from center front to shoulder and then measure the back neck from shoulder to center back.
|Record these measurements on your white pattern paper on the upper left hand corner of the paper block. Here, we will record 3” (7.6cm) for our back neck and 4 ¼” (10.8cm) for our front neck measurement.
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