I remember doing my very first year, in fact first semester even, of my sewing module during my fashion design course and having to sew a Peter Pan collar. Boy those curves were hard to tackle, especially having to use an industrial sewing machine. Do you know how fast those things run?! VERY fast and scary for a first timer using such a thing. I’ve used the really old and traditional sewing machines where you have to use the paddle and manoeuvre it using your feet and I’ve used the normal home electrical ones too. Those I can handle, but the industrial ones…well, that took a lot of getting used to. Funnily enough, I sew much much better by hand, and I even think my workmanship is better when I do it by hand too. I think it’s got something to do with control – ok, so I’ve got control issues.
Anyway, I saw Alexa Chung wearing tops with Peter Pan collars a while back, and it brought back a flood of memories, trying to tackle that dreaded machine. And then I saw this collared bib on one of Cheryl’s post, where she teamed it with a black dress she was wearing for her Black Dress project. I instantly fell in love with the idea of the faux or detachable collar! So I scoured online for some resources and came across quite a few. Found one with a pattern, it was for a collar style necklace, but I thought it could still work if I used different materials. Thanks to Alison from sheblogssheblogs.com, I managed to create myself a faux Peter Pan style collar!
I downloaded her pattern from here and then printed it off. Her original idea was decorating a felt piece with studs. Very nice! But, I thought, I’d go for lace. So I printed off her pattern, and cut up a piece of grey wool felt.
Then I also cut up a piece from this lace fabric I had – a cream coloured one, to contrast with the grey felt.
Instead of sewing them together, I just used fabric glue to stick the lace piece on top of the felt piece. Alison used a chain to attach her collar, but I went with the ribbon, so that I can adjust it closer to my neck. And this was what I finished up with:
I then went a little crazy and decided to do another one. This time in black lace without the felt backing. I also extended the original pattern so that it went all the way around my neck. I had to adjust the opening around the neck a little too, so that was a little bit of trial and error. Then I sewed on a piece of ribbon on each side, and voilà!
What can I wear it with? Good question. I can pair the white laced collar with a black round collar t-shirt and then put a jacket on and match it with a pair of tailored pants. The contrasting colours would make the collar stand out nicely. I think the black laced collar would go really well with a white top. Or like in the photos below, with a round-neck t-shirt in a contrasting colour from the collars.
Now, I’m planning on making another detachable collar, more like re-purposing it from Mr. C’s old shirts. Add some subtle detailing like maybe a nice brooch and you got yourself something similar to Karl Lagerfield’s detachable collar from his Karl range!