We got the idea for this post after sewing up the Libby Dress from Simply Sewing magazine. Adding collars (or accessorising the ones you already have) is a quick and easy way to add a touch of vintage charm to any plain top. Read on for 8 ways to sew, make and add this look to your garments this season…
Peter Pan Collar Dress sewing pattern
Let’s get this party started with the pattern that’s currently on our cutting table! This Peter Pan dress was originally available as The Libby Dres with Simply Sewing magazine. Now it’s available in their Etsy shop so you can download it and start making your own version tonight!
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Peter Pan Collar Blazer
Combine the soft feel of a Peter Pan collar with this smart fitted jacket sewing pattern (PDF).
Hell Yeah Embroidered Collar
This removable collar with chain stitch detail is made to fit your measurements. You can switch up the greeting and opt for Girl Gang or What Ever.
Available from It Fils Good
Cloud Collar Clips
No time to sew your own collar? Jazz up shop-brought varieties with these pretty cloud collar clips – hand drawn and cut in Hertfordshire. They’d look perfect pinned to a shirt or dress collar, or across a cardigan.
We featured this top sewing pattern in issue 14 of Simply Sewing but if you missed it, never fear! You can buy it in Tilly and the Buttons’ online store.
Handmade Peter Pan collars
This Italian Etsy store specialises in handmade accessories for ‘Peculiar Misses’. They have a great range of collars with attitude to customise the plainest of outfits with an instant cheery touch.
Susie Blouse PDF pattern
Looking for a simple yet versatile everyday top? Ta da! Sew your Susie Blouse with casual short sleeves, a chic 3/4 length sleeve or a smart long sleeve with a cuff, The flattering, loose fitting bodice is shaped with bust darts and features a v-neck with flat collar. With no tricky fastenings it is ideal for beginner dressmakers who want to make their first top.
Child’s Printed Jersey Top
Available in sizes 0-4 years, this cheery cotton jersey T-shirt is adorned with colourful circus motifs. The trimmed Peter Pan collar and elasticated ruffle cuffs show how you can adapt grown up high street trends when making for children.