This remains one of my all time favorite costumes, and one of the bigger projects I've attempted. I'm sure I've made way too many photoshopped pictures of this one.
The real thing, as it appeared in the film-
Everything pictured is scratch made (except for the Diamond Select phaser, the rank pins, and the Turbo-2000 Shatner T.J. Hooker wig!))
And yes, the collar will stand up on it's own.
This costume does get worn occasionally:
And, while silly, this last shot is mandatory...
The build thread (including links to the other threads that went into this outfit) is here: