Alva is a many-splendored thing!
… or maybe multi-functional or versatile, but that just sounded more catchy. Alva Collar pattern has been returned to our shop today – it’s an accessory that is so easy to alter and make unique, it’s actually more like a piece of jewelry than a garment. Plus, it’s very simple and fast to sew, and a good way to make use of those leftover fabrics, beads, laces, and whatnot in your sewing storage! Here are a couple of inspirational images to get you started on your own creative process of making a truly personal Alva:
Three fashion design students from Turku University of Applied Sciences tested the pattern and ended up with such results:
They all had the fabrics and supplies ready in stash (they describe themselves as fabric hoarders, I’m sure many of us can relate to that), but hadn’t figured out what to make of them yet. Martta used glass beads for her black collar, Elisa went for a tribal effect with the decorative top-stitchings on denim, and Kaisa used a broken necklace to create the colorful pattern on her collar.
This is an old Alva from our Xmas calendar, for which we used a thin metal chain, hand-stitched to the collar to create a jewelry-like effect. Note also the rounded tips that made it easier to curve the chain neatly. It took as much as 5 meters of chain, and about the same amount of hours to finish the collar, but it was totally worth the effort!
This is what we call multi-functional. The collar alone goes with almost anything, and can make a simple outfit much more interesting in a sophisticated way – but this collar you can also wear either side up! Double-sided Alva was made by Julie of Jolies Bobines:
So creative! What would you use for your collar?