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As I said a few days ago on Facebook, a reader asked me to do this quick tutorial on how to make a removable Peter Pan collar. And here it is. It is the kind of accessory I enjoy wearing this season, it turns any boring top in something trendier…
So let’s begin ! First you will need to download the pattern here. I drew it myself with a BIC pen, that’s why the line is not perfect, but after you sew it the collar will look perfect. If anybody knows a software to draw patterns properly, I’m interested !
You will need :
- A piece of fabric you like (I chose sequined fabric, it’s pretty but not easy to sew. If you are a beginner, try this first with a plain, classic, no-surprise fabric !)
- Lining fabric : preferably not too light. You want the collar to have some weight to sit properly on the shoulder and not turn or move at any movement. It shouldn’t be too stiff either, or the back part of the collar will stick up all the time.
- The pattern (download here)
- a few pins
- Thread in the same color as your fabric, or a similar color, and a needle. And a sewing machine if you have one (but you will still need the needle for the finishings).
- Sharp scissors (for your sewing projects, you’d better reserve a pair of scissors for that purpose. If you use them on paper or other materials, they won’t work on fabric anymore).
Cut the pattern. Be careful : the line ends before the edge of the sheet (this is because of my scanner). You have to trace the line further so it continues to the edge of the sheet. Otherwise your collar will be too small.
Pin your collar and lining with right sides together. Baste, then stitch. You should stitch in the hatched margin. Then you can trim the margin. But be careful : you should leave about 6cm unstitched in the center of the collar. This will be used to turn the collar inside out, so the seams will be hidden inside.
Then, turn the collar inside out. It already looks quite good ! Iron it (preferrably on the back side) to smooth and flatten everything out and give the collar its shape.
Then sew the two parts of the closure or the two pieces of ribbon. To sew the ribbon, just fold one end and sew it tightly on the collar tip. For the other end, cut it in the diagonal and put a drop of clear nail polish to keep it from fraying.
And this one, doesn’t it make you think of the Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2012 collection? I left it unlined to keep the fabric see-through. I cut the margin out as I didn’t need it, and made a tight zig-zag stitch all around the collar to keep it from fraying and give it an embroidered look.
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