Thursday, June 26, 2014


Just when I though this sweet little op-shop remnant might never be put to good use - along came my lovely collar-less shirt!  The peter pan collar is such a quick and easy way to breathe new life into an old favourite - and a fun way to bring a bit of appropriate pattern clash to your everyday! 

What you need:
  • Shirt / dress with no collar 
  • Cotton fabric for collar (we use: op-shop floral patterned cotton)
  • Baking paper / tracing paper / pattern making paper
  • Pencil / permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine 
How to:
  1. Lay your garment flat and place paper over collar area
  2. Trace neckline from the centre of shirt to the left shoulder seam onto paper (Remember to leave room for the top button if necessary)
  3. Draw / trace your collar shape following the neckline you have just created (we use: the shape of a favourite peter pan collar from an op-shop purchase)
  4. Cut out and check this shape fits your garment
  5. Trace and cut an identical collar piece for the right side
  6. Lay your collar fabric flat and cut two pieces of each collar - one right side up, one wrong side up - leaving 1cm seam allowance around entire edge
  7. Place your collar pieces right side together and straight stitch along curved edge and shoulder edge
  8. Zig zag / overlock the same edges
  9. Turn your collar piece inside out and press 
  10. Repeat for second collar piece
  11. Turn your garment inside out and pin collar pieces along the neckline - lining up the raw edge with garment edge (allow a slight overlap of collar pieces - these will separate when garment is turned in the right way)
  12. Stitch along the neckline to attach collar to your garment
  13. Turn garment in the right way and fold collar over to sit flat - press
  14. Straight stitch along the shoulder seam to secure the collar flat

1 comment:

  1. And she sews.....could you get any more perfect Em! Looks gorgeous. perfect on-trend update.


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