Drafting Peter Pan Collar

It has been a while since my last post, however I have a good excuse for it.

I had been studying very hard for my next exam in the past few weeks and sadly had no spare time to do much sewing, let alone writing something on the subject. All I have to do now, is wait 6 weeks for the results… what better to do it the meantime, then sew, sew, sew 🙂

Today’s tutorial will show you how to draft a simple Peter Pan collar on any shirt/blouse pattern you may already have. It is super simple to do and it gives you the option to customize the garment.

Peter Pan Collar

 First, take your front and back bodice pieces and mark your seam allowance on the shoulder seam.

Second, draw a desired collar shape on the front piece. You can decide the width and the shape of the collar. I decided that my collar will be 5 cm in width and have a nice smooth curve.

TIP: Regardless if your shirt has a front opening, such a button placket or not, ensure that the collar’s curve starts at the center front. This will stop from collar overlapping at the front….unless it is a part of your design.

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Continue drawing the shape of the collar onto the back piece.

Next, mark a line around 1 cm below the seam line. This will stop the collar to lay completely flat and adds some dimension.20180610_124335.jpg

Now you can “join” the shoulder seam adjusting the angle with that 1cm difference you marked in the previous step.20180610_124440.jpg

All you have to do now, is to copy your newly drafted Peter Pan Collar onto a clean sheet of paper. Remember to add a seam allowance to the outer edge and any necessary markings. 20180610_125401

This is it! Told you it was easy!

~Are you fan of a Peter Pan collar, or prefer different style?~

Monika xxx

Holly Communion bag

I haven’t done that in a while, but last week I had a pleasure to indulge in some selfless sewing. My friend had asked me to sew a simple mini handbag for her daughter’s First Holly Communion and I immediately said yes.

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She had sent me an image to give me an idea of what she would like and provided the fabric and notions to make this as easy as possible.

I had  never done anything like that before so had to do a little research on Pinterest to get me started. I found Handmadiya blog very helpful, and the process of making the pattern and assembling all pieces begun. It only took me one hour and I am pretty happy with the result.

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The bag’s flap is covered with lace to give it a character and style, which I think looks very cute.

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Making this ribbon loops took me a while, but it was worth sweating over it 🙂 It works very well with that pearl button.

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My only worry is the size. My friend gave me an estimate measure, so I am hoping it is big enough for Church Book and rosary.

As much as I love making things for other people it also is more stressful, in comparison to sewing for myself, as I never know till the end if the project will be exactly what they want… Do you feel under pressure too when making something for others??

~ time to fly home ~

Monika xxx