How to make a Peter Pan Collar for a t shirt

Do you have a t shirt that needs a lift? Susan Penny shows you how


I have always loved the idea of remodeling an item of clothing into another more useful item of clothing.  So, last week when I found this rather lovely t shirt in Primark, costing just £3, I snapped it up rather than brave the queue for the changing rooms.  This I find is always a mistake!  The colour was great, as was the cute bluebird pattern, but whatever brooch or scarf I tried at the neckline, I felt it needed a bit of tweaking!

 In my ‘things I have loved, but can’t bare to throw away drawer’, I have a baggy camisole top that I wore in the 80s. I still look at it and go hot and cold when I imagine how it must of looked on me. The fabric is fabby: a fine white cotton with just a little stiffness, that with a little bit of work would make a great collar for my t shirt. I have decided not to show you the camisole in it’s entirety, for fear you might cast judgement on my fashion sense.

 So, with the bits I’m never going to show you cut from the top, the fabric pressed and the t shirt washed and checked for colourfastness, I will show you how to make a Peter Pan collar to fit your t shirt.

To make a collar you will need:
An A4 sheet of parchment or greaseproof paper
Black pen
Pins, tacking cotton and needle
Sewing machine loaded with white thread
Fabric for your collar
Iron-on Vilene
Ribbon and a button

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