Today we will learn how to draft a Peter Pan collar. Peter pan collar is a nonconvertible collar, that is it stays in place when unbuttoned and it closely follows the shape of the neckline of the dress. There are many types of Peter Pan collar. The one I show here is a flat collar without a roll which is detached at the back also.
First, spread out the front and back patterns. Cut and divide the back pattern piece at the center. Make 1 1/2-inch button and buttonhole folds on the left and right back pieces, respectively.
Now, this is how the front and back patterns with seam allowances look.
Take the front piece and one of the back pieces (either right piece or left piece). With the right sides facing together, match their shoulder seams. Stick the shoulder seams using glue, so that the pattern pieces won't slip away when you draft the pattern. You can also pin them together.
Turn it right side. Now you got the neck shape.
You need to decide the width of your Peter Pan collar in this step. Add 1/2 inch (1/4 inch + 1/4 inch) to the width for seam allowances on both sides. For example, if you want to have a collar width of 2 inches, then the total width is 2 + 1/4 + 1/4 = 2 1/2 inches. Mark 2 1/2 inches on the center front from the neckline. Draw a line.
The back side has button and buttonhole folds that will overlap each other. Therefore, I left 1/2 inch from the center back and marked the back collar edge. See the image below.
Mark 2 1/2 inches from the neckline in at least 10 to 12 spots between the front and back collar corner points as in the image below.
Join the dots. You could now see the collar getting shape.
All you need to do now is to give a rounded shape to the front and back corners of the collar. To do this, you need to mark 3/4 inch from the front and back outer edge corner points of the collar. Join the points to make the curvy shape. You can also draw this shape freehand without marking the points, or you can use a French curve.
Place a tracing paper on the draft and trace the collar pattern. Trace the neckline including the 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Cut it out from the tracing paper. Voila! Your Peter Pan collar pattern is ready.
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