Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tutorial: peter pan collar and open-back bow shirt

   Whenever I have somewhere to go and I can't find anything in my closet that I feel like wearing, my solution is usually to diy something (assuming I have the time to do so). Although I practically never finish it in time. But the other day I wanted a new outfit and this is what I came up with! If you saw my last post, you kind of already saw it. But here are some better pictures and the tutorial I promised! Here is a picture of the shirt that the tutorial is on.

    So let's get started!
You'll need...
- A tank top that fits normally as a guide. (NOT those super tight ones.)
- Some fabric for the main part of the shirt
- A bit of different colored fabric for the collar
- Lightweight fabric for bow
- Pins
- Tracing or parchment paper & pencil



1. Lay tank top onto folded fabric. (The front of the tank top needs to be folded into the front. Folded down the middle basically.) The middle of the tank top needs to be aligned with folded edge of your fabric like in the picture above. Add a 1/2 in. seam allowance all around and then cut!
2. Do the same for the back.
3. Sew the shoulders together like in the picture.


4.The pictures pretty much speak for themselves.
Tip: you can do one side, then fold the paper in half, and trace it onto the other side since the paper is see-through. That way it is symmetrical.


5. Follow what the pictures say then turn the shirt right-side-out and iron the collar down. Now sew, very closely, along the edge of the neckline. Now the collar is done but depending on the size and fabric, it may stick up a bit like mine did. I just sewed along the bottom edge of it, connecting the edge to the shirt.

   For the rest...
If you saw my last post, then you know I originally had a different idea for this shirt. So, for the middle picture, this step is pretty useless. But I did it in mine, and I thought I would explain how in case you decided to do it differently or something.

The rest is pretty simple! Just hem the edges correctly and such and then you're finished!



Since I was originally planning on doing something else, the tutorial might be a bit confusing.. If so, just as me your questions and I will be more than happy to try and help. Let me know if you give it a try :) Thanks for visiting!

Oh and I'm not really sure but wouldn't this make a good maternity shirt?  Just my guess.






Linky parties: Homemaker on a Dime; Serendipity and Spice; Alderberry Hill; Lines Across; Sumo's Sweet Stuff; Craft-O-Mania

45 comments:

  1. I love this, I need to try it! It's so cute! And where in France do you live? Why are you there? I am so interested! I have lived in France for about 4 years now(although I am in the states now) but I love hearing stories about it! Cute blog!

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    1. Thank you! I live in a little town pretty close to Lyon. My family moved here to help with a church here a little over a year ago now. And that's really cool, why were you there?
      I just checked out your blog, really cute! :)

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  2. So adorable! Thank you for sharing :)

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  3. This is really adorable. You might want to try putting fusible interfacing on the collar for stability. I may help it not to stick up. Great job!

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  4. Awesome, this is really cute! I'll try this out, thanks :)

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  5. it seems like you add a black piece on the back??? can you tell me a little bit more???

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    1. Sorry, I didn't specify about this part very much. All I did was cut two strips of thin fabric, each about 32 in. long and 3.5 in. wide. Then on the left side, stick one of the ends of the strips under the collar a little bit, sew it onto the white fabric well, then sew down the collar on top of it so it is hidden. Then I just did the same with the other side,and so you have two strips to tie together and make a bow with. Does that help?

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    2. I noticed this too, it looks like there is a piece of black fabric attached to the white down the back of the shirt, not the ties.

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    3. Hm.. maybe you're just seeing my tank top? I was wearing a black tank top under it.

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  6. So very cute!! I love this, and I want one! Very thankful you posted a tute.

    I hope you will consider uploading a photo of this into SewSet, a new on-line sewing pattern & tutorial search engine. I would love for others to be able to find this when looking, and find you!

    Thank so much for sharing!
    - Jess
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    http://www.mesewcrazy.com/

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    1. I just posted it there! Thank you, I am always looking for new websites to post my things onto :)

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  7. to cute! thanks for sharing! can't wait to try it out!

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  9. I love the tutorial, so simple & easy. thanks!

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    xoxo

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  10. I love this! And I am really liking your blog!!!

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  11. You are so talented and make such adorable clothing!

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  12. Love this! And, yes, I think this would make a perfect maternity top!

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  13. I love the peter pan collar. I might give this a try!
    Jenny
    Seamingly Smitten

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  14. Love this!! If I was just doing the front black collar part (not doing the back part) do you think I could do it with a hand stitch? I don't currently have a sewing machine, so I was hopingI could just use a tank I already have and sew the black collar onto the front! any advice on if you think it would work? love your blog!

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    1. @Taylor - Definitely. Although I am not in love with handsewing, this project - with the changes you've proposed - is perhaps even better suited to handsewing. My suggestion would be to 1) try to find a woven tank top to start with, or a very stable double knit (Google those if you need help) because sewing on slippery knit tanks, the kind we live in and layer-well, maybe you'll be a handsewing ninja and it won't frustrate you to tears...but I'm frustrated just thinking about it. 2) use a tightly woven cotton for the collar, and either cut 2 in mirror images and slipstich together and then sew onto tank, maybe picking out the shoulder seams and inserting the raw edges of the collar between the shoulder seams and stitch back together as a tank/collar/tank sandwich, or 3) use a woven collar and treat is as an applique, possibly even using a fusible web (Wonder Under) to fuse it to the tank turning edges under 1/4" and then sewing in place. By no means is this an exhaustive or even the "right" ways to do this so look around online for tutorials and see if any methods look good to you... I just kinda gave you the first two ideas I could think of that could get the job done. Good luck!

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  15. love this post. Must try making this next week!!

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