The first step is to create a template for cutting. I started with the stand because it's simpler.
Coffin's meethod calls for creating a collar stand template that is half the printed collar pattern. You'll see why when I measure the collar stand in a future post. He prefers templates that do not have the seam allowance. Olfa rotary cutters used to have an adapter that had an adjustable guide to space the blade 1/4" to 1" from the guide. By adjusting the span to 5/8" you can create your own seam allowance. I have the adapter, but sometimes I find it's clumsy so I made a template with the seam allowance.
Now on to the hard part.. Louise Cutting's collar! Louise's technique calls for cutting the collar into two pieces, matching the ends along the pattern's stitch line, and moving the seam allowance from the collar tip to the middle of the collar. Because I want to preserve my Blass pattern, I traced the collar twice without including the seam allowance at the collar points.
Next, I matched the collar point edges together to make a funky hockey stick (Go NJ Devils!)
Then I taped the traced pattern down to thick cardboard to keep it from moving around while cutting.
I used a Fiskar Rotary Cutter with a rather dull blade to cut my cardboard template. I have cut myself too many times using an Olfa this way. Olfa is beautiful for cutting fabric with a light touch, but beware of anything else. Here's my collar template with the markings transferred:
Okay, you're wondering 'this man has lost his mind.' I don't see the stand or the collar. Here's a little preview then of how I think it will work:
I've laid my (no seam allowance) stand over my collar template. It's not pictured correctly because the collar would actually slip a little inside the stand. I think you get the idea. You'll see it come together better in my next post. Until then.. tell your mom to buy nutriticiously delicious Ovaltine and join the League of Ovaltineys!