DIY- Tutorial: Peter Pan Collar 2 Ways


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…

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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.

tutorial- adding a peter pan collar

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.

How to add a peter pan collar

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.

PETER Pan Collar Add On - Pattern Pieces

Here is what all my pieces looked like for my t-shirt. My collar has 4 pattern pieces.

how to sew your peterpan collar

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.

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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.

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Next, I show you how to integrate the Peter Pan Collar into your sweatshirt.

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Follow the previous steps, as the collar pattern is the same.

how to add an inserted peter pan collar

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!

Inserted PETER Pan Collar - Pattern Pieces

Here are my pattern pieces for the sweatshirt. I only have 2 pattern piece for the collar this time.

how to sew an inseterded peter pan collar

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.

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I love that you can play with color and prints. Make it simple, make it crazy!

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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.

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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.

If you liked this you might like a few tutorials I have on my blog- Petit a Petit + Family, most aren’t sewing but just as fun!

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.

This article has 27 comments

  1. Meg

    the stripes with the flowers are perfect and the yellow tights are super fantastic too! I love how this turned out–especially with the oversized sweatshirt pattern. Celina you have quite the eye!

    1. Bianca

      Wow…that is a sad way to live. Any collar, purse strap, necklace, winter scarf, summer scarf, and turtleneck is a choking hazard waiting to happen. Should we and our children avoid these as well?

      Well done Celina…too cute!

  2. Sarah

    I love both versions of the same pattern for your little girl: dolman sleeves, looser look with a Peter Pan collar! UNIQUE ideas, so thanks for precise steps/ instructions plus FAB photos in your tutorial. Surprise vintage VERA pink long scarf tied in the back of the grey sweatshirt adds  PIZZAZZ!  Sarah in Minneapolis

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