If you need a multiple of paper collars for a period show, can’t afford premade ones, are dealing with opera sizes, or are unable to get them shipped to you I’ve got a solution. Whatever your reason, I learned a while back a great way to make them.
(examples of different paper collars)
You can go to your local art store and find canvas paper and use that as your material to transfer your pattern. Usually I have found you can get a pad of 20 sheets for under $20.00 which usually comes to $1.00 or less a collar. What is great about this paper is if you use the coated/treated side as the right side of the collar (the part that faces the audience), it is easily laundered and make-up is easily removed which tends to be the largest problem with paper collars and white collars in general with theatre. We all know what a pain that becomes. You also get more length and it tends more to be forgiving and curve if you cut your collar on the bias. If also helps if, say, your actor doesn’t fit any of the sizes provided for period paper collars.
This section is from the “A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods” book, by George S. Cole.
Paper Collars. A collar for men, made of paper, cut to fit the neck, and covered with thin muslin, by pasting. Since the introduction of celluloid the paper collar has rapidly declined in popularity, At present the annual product amounts to 1,500,000 per year. Twenty years ago paper collars were universally worn, their very cheapness inducing extravagance in their use, and the industry was a large and flourishing one. Fortunes were made by many manufacturers, but there is not one made now to where in 1875 there were a hundred. Paper cuffs have likewise fallen a prey to man’s indifference.
You can also purchase them at the following link, I am sure there are more, so feel free to let me know and I will add them:
amazon dry goods- order a catalog