Live from Port Eliot: Pierrot Collars

Follow us to the Cornish countryside for Port Eliot Festival, where we’ll be celebrating artistry in collaboration with a roster of talented designers and makers. Third up, Alice Mary Lynch. Attending this year? Find us in the Wardrobe Department.

Have you ever seen Alice Mary Lynch’s dolls? They’re whimsical, dainty and to be quite honest we’ve always hankered after their enviable wardrobe—imagine layers of tulle, pompoms and sequins. Lots of sequins.

So, when we asked Alice to join us at Port Eliot Festival to provide sartorial cues straight from her doll’s house and she accepted, we were naturally delighted. Here Alice guides us through making a life-sized version of one of her doll’s most iconic accessories: the Pierrot collar. Needles at the ready!

image_1What you’ll need:

  • 1 x panel of printed cotton (380cm L x 20cm W)
  • 1 x panel of contrast colour plain cotton (380cm L x 20cm W)
  • 1 x panel of soft tulle (380cm L x 20cm W)
  • Elastic (0.5cm W x 45cm L)
  • Pompoms (approx. 20)
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron

image_2How it’s made:

1. Start by placing the two cotton panels right sides together (excluding the tulle just for a moment). Pin and sew on one end only, leaving a 1cm seam allowance.

image_32. Lie the fabrics flat and sandwich the tulle in between the two cotton panels. Pin and sew together on the other end, leaving a 1cm seam allowance.

image_43. Put your hand in between the sewn-together panels and pull through so that right sides are now on the outside. The tulle should lie flat over the printed cotton.
Make sure all the fabrics are lying flat then press the seams with an iron.  Remember, the tulle should hang loose on the other end.

image_54. Pin and sew a line of straight stitching 2cm from the edge along the whole length of the panel. (This should be on the end where the tulle was sandwiched between the two cottons) see photo. This will make a channel for you to feed through the elastic through.

image_65. Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic and feed this through the channel, gathering up the fabric as you go. Once you have pulled all the elastic through, tie the two ends together. Your Pierrot collar should now be gathered up into a gorgeous bundle of ruffles.

image_76. Here’s the fun part. Sew pompoms along the edge of the collar, at equal distances or randomly, whatever you prefer. Still leaving the tulle to hang loose.

image_87. Your Pierrot collar is now ready for the bright lights, glitter and magic of everyday life!