Zipper collar for Susie

I feel like a million bucks right now. StyleBubble aka Susanna Lau, my favorite fashion blogger posted about my zipper collars! The next one I make will be hers. I got the zippers today and it will take about a week for me to get this done. I cannot take full credit for the original design since Comme Des Garçons (SS05 collection) was the first designer behind this kind of zipper-use. Since so many have wondered how these collars are done, I decided to take pictures of all the making-of steps and post them to My Flickr site, Cut Out and Keep craft tutorials and of course here to my blog. I hope they are of some help to you in case you want to make one for yourself.

The collar is made from 12 jacket zippers (70-80 cm long). First they will be taken apart and then pinned on to a dummy to get the organic form. After taken off the dummy the whole thing has to be sewn together by hand. I tried to use a sewing machine, but the shape did not come out as fluent as I wanted. Handsewing it is.

When finished, the collar can be used as a necklace or attached to dresses.

Links to my zipper-posts:
Zipper collar inspiration
My first zipper collar
Zipper collar with my crochet gala dress
The second zipper collar I made for a friend

My work is originally meant to inspire others to start crafting and creating things for them selves, so if someone sees my work and copies it, I´m just happy. But, with this technique it´s a bit difficult to make the collalrs exactly alike... That´s the beauty in crafting and DIY. 100% copying is impossible :)

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  1. do you sell these?

  2. At the moment I do only custom work. If you want me to make you one, contact me through Etsy Alchemy. My Etsy shop/seller name is

  3. wow, these are a dream come true for me. i'm not a famous fashion blogger like susie, but i want one more than anything, and sadly i can't sew. :(

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