Hot Under the Collar : DIY Fancy Collars

DIY Feather collar-with peter pan collar silk dress

Collars & neck accessories are on trend right now… actually, they have been for quite some time and I just love the extra detail they add to a shirt or outfit. So fun for Fall. In 2008 I made a little black lace collar {seen below on the red shirt} and listed it for sale on Etsy. In fact, I made a few… but 2008 was a bit too soon for everyone to accept the fancy collar trend and they didn’t sell. But now, a few years later, layered collars, collar statement necklaces, bow ties, ribbons, tassels, feathers, you name it, are adorning necks around the globe. Here are some fun ideas to add to your button down shirts or dresses to give them that extra punch of glamour and modernity. I’ve used lace, doilies, and feathers for this DIY but the options are limitless really.


DIY Fancy Collars-materials

* Scissors
* Needle & Thread
* Ribbons {and a lighter to singe the ends}
* Various notions or trim: lace, feathers, doilies, tassels, beads, appliques, fur… whatever you can think of.


DIY Feather collar-1

* Using about 17″ of feather trim {or measure your neck with a button down on}…

DIY Feather collar-2

* Singe ends of satin ribbon with a lighter to keep them from fraying and stitch on either end of your feather trim. If you’re going to wear it around your neck alone, instead of under a shirt collar, you may want to line the entire trim edge with your satin ribbon. Since mine will not be showing, I’m not too concerned with what the edge will look like.

DIY Feather collar+with vintage dress

If you’d prefer not to have a bow tie in the center you can measure more precisely and use velcro, a snap or a hook, but I like the bow tie effect. A ribbon with a wider width would be cute as well. {seen around a vintage dress}

DIY Feather collar - with vintage dress


DIY doily lace collar-1

* You’ll need two doilies for this unless you and your neck are tiny.

DIY doily lace collar-2

* Carefully cut out the centers {I’m not worried about fraying or unraveling as this look is a little more vintage-cowgirl-inspired – with a little Sister Wife thrown in for good measure ;} {Make earrings with the inner circles}

DIY doily lace collar-3

* Cut open.

DIY doily lace collar-4

* Spread/stretch it out as much as you can.

DIY doily lace collar-5

* Overlap the ends to create a nice circle. Pin and try on around your shirt collar for length then stitch together.

DIY doily lace collar-6

* Stitch your ribbon to either end. Again, if your edges are going to show, stitch your ribbon along the entire edge of the doilies by folding it over. I used the selvage of some vintage lace for my ribbon on this one.

DIY doily collar with bow   tie on  denim shirt

* Vintage Wrangler denim shirt from Etsy shop 86 Vintage who seriously has AMAZINGLY COOL vintage items in their shop. LIKE AMAZING.


DIY Feather collar-3

* Cut about 13-15″ of lace and stitch your ribbons to the ends. Make your ribbons as long or short or wide or thin as you like.

DIY black lace collar and  ribbon over vintage red blouse

DIY black lace collar and ribbon over vintage red blouse

Have Fun!


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Neris / Fashion Fractions

    September 13, 2011 |

    AWESOME ideas! and so simple to make… simple enough even for me 🙂


    Fashion Fractions

  • ♥ Heels Are My Drugs ♥

    September 13, 2011 |

    waoooooowww! i love the first one and the last one! you’re just more tahn a perfect woman dear!



  • Lucija

    September 13, 2011 |

    Follow each other? 🙂


  • Matter Of Style

    September 13, 2011 |

    detactable feathers to decorate a top? Awesome and practical idea!

  • OtherMix

    September 13, 2011 |

    I love the feathered one!

  • thankfifi

    September 13, 2011 |

    Such a great and simple idea and I love that it’s not permanent. So doing this! Thanks.x

  • Lucy

    September 13, 2011 |

    I’m definitely going to give these a go. the last one is probably my favourite. I love how adding a collar makes an old item of clothing feel like new. great post (: xxx

  • PinkGlitter

    September 13, 2011 |

    I’m a fairly new follower. I didn’t know you had an etsy shop! I have a shop too. I love handmade! 🙂

  • K.M.

    September 13, 2011 |

    nice ♥

  • Maria

    September 13, 2011 |

    Lovely! The fist one and the last one are my favorites, but I don’t know if I am brave enough to wear them…

    Maria @ Green Love Designs (previously @ My current hobby!)

  • Sing

    September 13, 2011 |

    These are all so adorable.

  • RocquelleIsLovely

    September 13, 2011 |

    I’ve loved these for some time, and been wanting to make one!! I adore the lace…putting it on my weekend DIY list!

  • ChelsCheesecake

    September 13, 2011 |

    I loooove the feather one!

  • Donatella

    September 13, 2011 |

    I love these photos!!!
    I’m followed you, follow me too 😀

  • Beneath The Clutter

    September 13, 2011 |

    This is a great DIY!! I especially love the black lace one. I’m off to dig through my craft closet to find materials.

    I might try to add a bit more texture by adding a 2nd or 3rd layer or even multiple colors. So many places to take this!

  • Vanessa, Take only Memories

    September 13, 2011 |

    Amazing! I am definitely gonna make one of those! Probably the second one. Although the feathers are pretty spectacular!

  • antique engagement rings

    September 13, 2011 |

    I love the patterns… fantastic!

  • las sandalias de ana

    September 13, 2011 |

    Really perfect!!!! Adorable!!


  • Mrs. Pancakes

    September 13, 2011 |

    These are beyond adorable!

  • JLR22

    September 14, 2011 |

    How happy I was to come upon your post today! I watched “Bright Star” last night, the movie about John Keats and Fanny Brawne. In the movie Fanny is fashion forward and wore the most gorgeous collars (the mushroom especially). So your post got my attention immediately!

  • Alela Sirah

    September 14, 2011 |
  • Grace

    September 14, 2011 |

    This is a really cool project!

    xx Grace

  • Victoria

    September 20, 2011 |

    you are so talented when it comes to diys!! i love peter pan collars so i should probably make my own.. you may have just inspired me! x


    September 23, 2011 |

    JUst AWESOME..your tutorial is perfect & very easy to understand 🙂
    thanks for sharing with all *(*

  • Scottie

    October 29, 2011 |
  • kristina@beancakes ★

    November 2, 2011 |

    hi maegan ~ wow!! you are so talented, i love all of these collars!! i made one similar to you last black lace one here!!
    xx ~ kristina

  • Slađi

    December 14, 2011 |

    Awesome idea! I will definitely try to do this!

  • quang ba website

    March 23, 2012 |

    The collar on the left gives you an idea how the collar on the right might be worn. The Painting left was done in 1674. This bib fronted (rabat) collar was popular about 1660 1680 Unlike the collar above though, it was tied in the back by a very narrow band which passes around the the back of the neck and is tied in front. The collar above could have been worn reversed with the divided panels in back but was probably worn by a woman with her hair tied up thus reveling all the lace.

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