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How to Draft a Peter Pan Collar

Before I even got started with my navy Megan Dress from the book Love at First Stitch by Tilly & the Buttons I already had a plan to add a Peter Pan collar to this dress. 

Pattern Drafting

This Megan dress isn’t the first Peter Pan collar I drafted. In fact, I actually drafted my own Peter Pan collar earlier this year with my Red Hearts dress for Handmade Summer Dress.

Worked a little magic to finish my Handmade Summer Dress just in time. This red hearts dress is made from contrasting heart print cotton and using the bodice top from Simplicity 1419.
The Red Hearts dress was my first attempt at drafting a collar

This dress was a UFO project that I cut out a two years ago using Simplicity 1419. 

However, when I went to finish the project I couldn’t find the pattern and discovered that the collar piece had never been cut out. 

So, I was left with only one option, draft my own peter pan collar. To my surprise it was it turned out pretty good. 

The only issue I ran into was that I forgot to add seam allowance to the collar pattern piece along the other side. 

While it came out okay, it was slightly smaller than I had originally drafted the collar. 

Peter Pan Collar

Since making the collar for the Red Hearts dress I figured that drafting a Peter Pan collar for the Megan dress would be even easier. 

Sharing my 3 Variations of the Megan Dress from Tilly & The Buttons, Love at First Stitch book and another 2018 Make Nine project marked off the list.
Love the contrast the collar adds to this Megan dress

This time I made sure to include seam allowance and double checked my pattern piece on the dress, even before cutting out the collar fabric. 

Overall I’m super happy with how the collar came out. 

The technique used to draft the collar on the Megan dress is one that can be used for any dress or top. 

I’d love to hear in the comments below if you have any tips for drafting a collar. 

A step-by-step tutorial for drafting a Peter Pan collar for any neckline.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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