Hello KCW readers! Celina here from Petit a Petit and Family. I am here today to share with you a really simple tutorial on how to add a Peter Pan collar, in 2 different ways, on any t-shirt or sweatshirt.
So if you read my Monday post, you might have realized I like to sew some simple things during KCW- quick and easy and ever so gratifying. Actually, what I love is when I can take one pattern and modify it slightly and get lots of different looking items from it. Oh, and if you read my Wednesday post, I mentioned something about Peter Pan Collars still being a big trend for this fall. WIth all that in mind, I give you the Added Peter Pan Collar Tutorial and the Inserted Peter Pan Collar Tutorial made from a simple pattern modification.
Here is what they look like…
I used See Kate Sews Kaleidoscope Boxy Sweatshirt for my pattern, however you can do this on any T-shirt or Sweatshirt/ Sweater pattern you might have.
Let’s start with just adding a simple Peter Pan collar to a T-shirt- you and you could do this on a sweatshirt too.
1- Grab your front pattern and trace the collar as you would like it to appear.
2- Grab a piece of paper- I use tracing paper. Trace your neckline and shoulder, than add a 1cm seam allowance around the collar you just traced as pictured.
3. Cut your newly made collar pattern piece.
You are done.
***Note if you are using a woven fabric for your collar make sure you neckline is wide enough for the head to pass through. The Kaleidoscope has a wide opening, so I had no problems. If you are using a knit, you should have no problems.
Here is what all my pieces looked like for my t-shirt. My collar has 4 pattern pieces.
Now we are ready to sew…
1- With right sides together, put 2 collar pieces together and sew around the neckline at 1cm from the edge. Do not sew the neckline or shoulders. Repeat for the other collar pieces.
2- Trim off 0.5cm
3- Turn your collar pieces over and iron.
4- Grab your front main t-shirt piece, place your collar pieces making sure they are centred and stay-stitch in place at 0.5cm from the neckline.
Now you can sew the rest of your t-shirt as directed by the pattern directions you choose.
I made a few modifications to See Kate Sew Kaleidoscope’s pattern, here I added a cuffed hem and some bias at the neckline. I also used a jersey I had and I love how it fits perfectly as a dress. I wanted the very boxy looks, so I used a size 4 for both the dress and sweatshirt, my daughter could have fit in a size 2 had I gone with the measurements.
Next, I show you how to integrate the Peter Pan Collar into your sweatshirt.
Follow the previous steps, as the collar pattern is the same.
Now we modify the body.
1- With your collar traced previously ( red dotted line), we need to add a seam allowance of 1cm to the sweatshirt at the inside of the collar ( purple line).
2- Cut along your purple line.
You are done!
Here are my pattern pieces for the sweatshirt. I only have 2 pattern piece for the collar this time.
We need to sew our collar to our body.
1- Pin your collar to your body with right sides together.
2- Sew at 1cm from the edge.
3- Trim the edge of your new seam by 0.5cm
4- Iron down with seams going towards your collar.
Now you are ready to follow the your pattern instructions and sew up your sweatshirt or t-shirt.
I love that you can play with color and prints. Make it simple, make it crazy!
I followed Kate’s instructions for my sweatshirt. I did end up adding a vintage Vera scarf at the shoulders seams. I just love her big bow sweatshirt so much and was inspired to add my own little bow to my design as well.
These were such a quick sew and the modifications were very simple to make. You could definitely make one of these in less than hour. Quick, cute and soooo gratifying.
I really enjoyed spending the week with you and I have never been so prepared for KCW. I cannot thank Meg enough for having me here this. I hope I got you in the fall sewing mood! I am really excited to see what everyone will be making. Yay!
Have a lovely weekend.