Hand dyed gold silk used for collar and patches
Centre front ‘Nigella pod’ appliques in hand dyed lace and silks
Back view Tasmanian Blues robe dress
Tasmanian Blues Making Procedure
Lining fabric (black/blue/cream floral) (interfaced) used as an upper back section to be inserted into a loose neckline. Smart patch colours (with gold dyed silk painting) joined to form facing, which when turned outwards, becomes the open collar. Note 'pointed angles' - when turned right way out, become collar points.
Patch pieces chosen for outer collar. This may be difficult to follow for beginner sewers. Whatever shape is the front of garment (e.g. a basic round neck cut down centre front): this requires a facing fabric, so when top neck is turned out, it becomes a small faux decorative 'collar'. To have a proper back collar would need additional piece inserting around back neck.