Tuesday, August 28, 2012

J. Crew Inspired DIY Peter Pan Collar Mini Tutorial

I first saw this top on Gigi and loved the way it looked on her.  I knew I already had a gray sweater so decided to make a separate Peter Pan collar to pop on and off when I felt like it.

Left: J. Crew Peter Pan Collar Tee inspiration (buy here)
Right: DIY Peter Pan Collar worn over a gray sweater

There are a quite a few tutorials out there with printable patterns for you to follow, so I'm not really going to go in depth here.  I will admit that I was too lazy to hook up the printer to use one of those aforementioned tutorials, so I decided to wing it like I usually do.
The diagram doesn't show this well, but make sure you either sew a little overlap in the center front or don't cut through it completely.  You don't want 2 separate flopping pieces of collar.  Also, you can go ahead and cut through the center back.  This is where you'll attach a snap / clasp / hook / button / whatever you prefer to allow you to get in and out of your collar.

If you use something that doesn't fray and has structure (i.e. felt, vinyl, leather, etc.), you're done!  I used regular white cotton fabric so cut out 2 duplicate collar pieces, sewed the wrong sides together, flipped the right sides out, and sewed a snap at the back for a closure.  

Now you can wear it atop whatever you want :)

How do you feel about Peter Pan collars this season?


  1. This is great because I've been hesitant to buy anything with a Peter Pan collar in case I get sick of it. A detachable collar is the perfect idea! This seems pretty easy too.

    xo Jenny

  2. i love peter pan collars! thank you for the tutorial! xox P


  3. I tried that top on at J Crew and it is super cute but I left it behind. LOVE this idea, then I can just pop it over any ol top. Might have to convince my MIL to make it for me :)

  4. what a great idea!


  5. Seriously you are like the DIY sewing super woman. You're so talented! I love the idea of being able to take it off and wear it with different things, so smart!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  6. I would love it if you sold these on etsy!

    1. Aw, thanks! Will have to take a closer look at them and see if they're sale-able. :)

  7. I've actually always wanted to try making one of these because I thought they were so easy to make! I think I will have to try it now seeing the results :)


  8. Great alternative...too bad it's too complicated for me to do! It'll be one of my aspiring projects.

  9. i love peter pan collars! i'm not so talented when it comes to diy projects, but i might just give this a shot. ;)

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  10. Love them!! Too bad I don't sew...but I love to paint them! I've made a ton for my etsy! I seriously need to learn to sew. Everytime I see something you've made, I regret not learning more & more!
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  11. Love all your DIY's. Definitely want to try this out with some different fabrics.

  12. I love this look and the pink jeans, what shoes did you wear with it?

    1. Thank you! I went matchy-matchy and settled on gray pumps from Ann Taylor :)

  13. Love the trend! I recently got a collar necklace.

    I don't think I'd ever feel right with just this piece though! Might try with with one of my old shirts. Just to practice.

  14. I like this look on you a lot - feminine, fun, and a touch girly. I could never pull off something like this because I'd just look like a baby (my round face does me no favors). I prefer a traditional collar because I'm a lot more likely to land a job that way :D

  15. I just found your blog and I love it!! Following you ;)


  16. I love peter pan collars! You did a great job as always SPG!

  17. Totally love the versatility of a removable collar! Another awesome job.

  18. You match the model perfectly! Great job!


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