As I pinned the Peter Pan collar on to my project du jour in order to make sure I was happy with its size, I contemplated the order of sewing the second yoke, facing, and collar to the dress. My instincts were to sew them together as I have previously for my husband’s button down shirts: get all of the pieces on the body of the garment sewn well and then add the collar in such a way as to hide the seam. Except, when I checked the (meager, if I’m allowed to admit!) instructions that came with the dress pattern, they suggested I sew both yokes, then add the collar, then cover the collar seam with not only the front facing but also an additional facing piece at the back.
Now, as this is my first Peter Pan collar ever, my question to you is whether I should follow the pattern instructions and take advantage of the facings or follow my own path and not worry with so many facings? What method is best for this type of collar?
And, just to sate my curiosity, I’m also wondering how often you find yourself breaking away from following directions when it comes to sewing instructions?