Do you know that earlier collars were mostly detachable from clothes? Today collars are integral parts of most of our clothing. It frames the face, keeps your neck warm, and gives the whole garment elegance.
Collars started out as something of a dilemma to me, as for many others, when I started to sew. But they are such an unavoidable design feature that there is a need to know the types of collars and the way to sew them if you are seriously into sewing or even if you simply like clothes.
Different types of collars
Collars can be sewn to the garment or detachable. Other than that, basically, there are just 3 types of collars – the stand collar, flat collar and the roll collar. The names are self-explanatory enough.
- Stand collar fits around the neck. It is basically a band which stands upright on the neck.
- Roll collar is a stand collar which is then folded or rolled over.
- Flat collar is found flat on the shoulders.
All the other collars are variations of these basic styles.
Shirt Collar with stand
Shirt Collar with stand is the most common type of collar you see on shirts. You can learn more about the 15 different types of shirt collars here.
Learn to sew a shirt collar with stand here.
Button down collar
Button down collar is a shirt collar with buttons on the points fastening it to the shirt.
Straight band collar
Straight band collar consists of band of fabric encircling the neck.
Buttoned Band collar
Buttoned Band collar is buttoned up at the neck.
Shawl collar is a turned down collar with a wide lapel.
Mandarin collar / Nehru collar / Mao collar / Cadet Collar
Mandarin collar is a band collar – the collar has a cut in the center front with rounded or square corners.
Polo/ roll/ turtle collar
Polo collar is a high collar which is rolled down. Learn how to sew a polo collar here.
Ruffle collar has a ruffle attached to it.
Peter pan collar
Peter pan collar is a flat collar with rounded corners. Also called Claudine collar. Read more on drafting peter pan collar here.
Bermuda Collar is a flat collar with a square edge at the center front instead of the rounded corners of the Peterpan collar.
Puritan collar / Pilgrim Collar
Puritan collar / Pilgrim Collar is similar to a Bermuda collar or Peterpan collar, but the pilgrim collar or puritan collar is wider.
Funnel Collar is a wide-standing collar that stands a little away from the neck and face.
Quarter zip collar
Quarter zip collar is a band collar with a zip attached. This collar is usually used in sweatshirts, jersey jackets, and sweaters.
Shaped shawl collar
Albany collar is a turned-down cutaway collar. (Cutaway collar is a collar with a wide spread).
Wing collar /Wing tipped collar / Pointed wing collar
Rounded wing tipped collar/ Butterfly collar
Instead of the pointed ends this collar has rounded ends.
A variation of the wing-tipped collar with large lapels; A style worn by John Travolta in the movie “Saturday night fever”.
Dog ear Collar
Cossack collar is a high-standing collar opening to one side.
Tab collar, also refers to men’s shirt collars with a tab for fastening the tie knot between the collar button and points of the shirt.
A Revers collar is a notched collar with square corners on the collar as well as the lapel. There are many variations to this type of collar.
Fish mouth revers
L revers collar
Napoleon high coat collar
Collar with Modesty panel
Also called Modesty collar, this is a vintage-style detached collar. It looks like a bib which is attached to a band collar.
Bertha collar is usually a wide lace collar with a low neckline. It can be available as a detachable collar.
Frilled Stand collar
Stand Collar with a knot
Van dyke collar
Bertha collar Square
Falling band collar
Cascade collar/ jabot collar
Jabot is a decorative piece of fabric attached to the base of the neck by means of a collar. A cascade collar can be a similar collar with a fabric cut in a flounce shape arranged as a cascade attached to it.
Bib with frill collar
Convertible open collar
This is a one piece collar that lies flat.
Convertible closed collar
This is a vintage style wide collar made of embroidered fabric or lace. It can be removable as well as fixed. Fichu originally is a triangular shaped cotton fabric that is worn as a shawl across the neck and shoulder over low cut gowns – the fichu collar looks like this. Refer this page to know more about Fichu
Pussy Bow collar / Tie neck collar
Turned up collar
Barrymore Collar is a shirt collar with long tapered points.
Johnny collar is a high-stand collar combined with a V-neck. It is usually a small high-stand collar.
Tulip Collar is a roll collar that overlaps along the button giving a tulip /petal effect.
Nehru collar is the collar found on the vests and jackets worn by the of first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru – a close-fitting, stand-up collar. Another name is Mandarin collar.
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Updated on December 28, 2022 by Sarina Tariq
I cannot find a name for this type of collar…seems to be incorporated from princess seams on a shirt. It rises high in the back and sides (about jaw length) then splits open toward chin and goes down to a “V”.
Do you have ANY idea what this is called? I am not very good at drafting….
That looks like a turned down rolled collar attached asymmetrically to the side to me.
Is there a name for the vintage type of asymmetric collar (like on this jumper:reignvintage .com /product/peach-green-striped-jumper-with-batwing-sleeves-asymmetric-collar-s-m/ ). I remember seeing a coat from 60s or 70s with such collar and two big buttons on it. I would loSve to have it on some of my tops.
Thanks, for information of different types of collar. How to cut and to saw it. Thanks
Italianate collar? Like a shawl collar but cut on bias, so rolls more beautifully. I have looked many places in vain for how to draft this collar.
Can you checkout this post – chinese collar
What in the world did you do to this website? You took out the many tutorials you had before. I’m looking for the tutorial for the Nehru collar and cannot find anywhere. It’ s a mess and a huge disappointment.
personally… I have learnt a lot…thanks
I think l didn’t get enough information as l wanted
point of that’s what l think
Thank you for trying
So educative and well explanatory
hi so this was to inform you of the choices of collars rather than teach how to make the different collars
i used to be so scared when cutting out my imagination
but after this website
am so confident
Thanks for mentioning this – you can find this under the Shirt collar post. Shirt collars decoded – 15 different types ; It is actually a convertible collar and I have added capri under the section.
You neglected to mention the Capri collar. Unless of course I overlooked one of the above mentioned collars that is very similar in shape.
This Capri casual dress collar on a blue and white striped short sleeved shirt was worn by James Bond, 007 (actor Sean Connery) in the movie Dr. No.
Click link below to see example.
https:// i1.adis.ws/i/orlebarbrown/ ORLEBAR-BROWN-THUNDERBALL-STRIPE-SHIRT-RIVIERA-WHITE_272088_CAMPAIGN_2?w=100&h=100&qlt=80&img404=404&v=1
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Thank you so much…this is really informative and I love the drawings…
It’s very useful website…but some of patterns not have sewing steps…if uploaded that the website is more effective for learner’s…
Thanks for the comment ; it feels great to know that this site has been of use to you. You didnot find further details for the revers collar because I havenot written it – yet.This site is a work-in-progress and I will do it shortly. Hope you will use the search in the menu for what you want to find
You have uploaded so many things related to patters, designs, etc. but I felt difficulty in searching for step by step sewing guide for those patters, designs. Is it possible that if I want to learn a particular pattern e.g. revers collar, I can learn it through the website. Beside it I liked your work very much as you have described so many things which I didn’t know before.
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