Applique collar dress

This month I'm sharing a quick technique for making an otherwise simple dress (or jumper) a little less simple. I'm not always the biggest fan of how applique details look on clothing but was pleased how this design turned out.

If you wanted to have a go I have made a downloadable template for the collar pieces. These pieces were designed for a dress with a width of age 5. If you were making a very different size you may well have to resize the pieces accordingly.

  • To start with I cut out the pieces of fabric for my pattern of choice. I used the Cocoon dress by Groovy Mama and Baby grading between an age 5 in width and an age 10 in height. The fabric was a soft fleece-backed sweatshirting fabric from Girl Charlee UK with very little stretch.
  • I then cut out the template pieces in alternating colours of metallic finish linen.
  • Then I applied bondaweb/fusible webbing to the back of the pieces before arranging and fusing around the neck opening on the dress on the front only. (otherwise with a knit pattern there would not have been enough stretch to get the dress over the head)
  • Using a short medium width zig-zag stitch I then sewed around the edge of the pieces using a matching thread.


applique collar dress

After these steps I just sewed up the pattern pieces as usual for a simple cozy dress to be worn on foggy days in the park.