+ DIY Peter pan collar top with optional zipper or button back

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Okay, I will admit I may have started this top a good 3 years ago, and just finished it a few days ago after finding it shoved into a paper bag in the back of my sewing closet. I was planning on originally putting buttons down the back, but opted for a simple coral zipper instead. Even though I’m still wishing I had the original coral zippers I had purchased for them years ago. I know that peter pan collars are all over the place, and have been for some time,  and I thought It would be perfect to share my little tutorial before this cute little fad fades away. While I was finishing this top up, I wished so desperately I had made it in a white, cream or black solid for pairing with sweaters and dresses. If you check out my pin board I recently pinned my ideas there. The one with the high waisted pink shorts is adorable.

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Supplies:
2 yards of medium weight fabric
another boxy top to mimic
thread
scissors
sewing machine

Instructions:
1. Trace the boxy top onto your fabric and cut out a front piece
2. Cut out two back pieces that will have an extra inch added to the center. This will be for the buttons or zippers or just a plain yet cute seam in the back. Fold and iron down the one inch in from the middle edges of the back 2 pieces. This should now be the same width as your front piece when both back pieces (both folded on edge) are put together, folds touching.
3. Sew the sides and the shoulder seams together, right sides together (outside fabric touching)
**optional Here is where you can install a zipper, buttons or just sew up the middle seam. If you want to add a zipper, follow this tutorial or this tutorial, If you want to sew buttons, use this one or this one.
4. Cut out a peter pan collar by first using a piece of paper or your fabric and tracing the neckline edge out (make sure that your neckline is where you want it). Then trace a peter pan collar or make your own, and cut out 4 from the main fabric (2 one way and 2 the other way). You may want to test it out first, bigger is better because you can always make the collar smaller.
5. Sew 2 of the collar pieces together (as well as the other side) right sides together leaving the neckline side open.
6. Make a neckline facing from this tutorial.
7. Pin the collar (pretty side facing out) and the neckline facing (the wrong side is facing out) to the outside of the shirt’s neckline. Sew the top edge all the way around. concealing the raw edge of the peterpan collar in the facing once flipped inside.
8. flip the inside of the facing inside and top stitch the edge of the neckline to the facing, while your collar is flipped up. Flip down the collar and iron down.
9.+10. Cut out the sleeves by tracing out one of your sleeves (I usually take apart an old shirt or use just the sleeve part to a pattern. But you can make it a little longer and gather it at the top to make it a little poofy at the top. Fold in half right sides together, sew into tube and hem.
11. Slide sleeve RST into sleeve opening while shirt is inside out. So the right side of the sleeve and shirt are touching. Sew along the edge of both. Repeat with the other side. Hem the bottom.
12. Iron and Done!
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Comments

  1. lovely top! so talented! looks amazing!
    great instructions!

    Irene
    http://www.thedailylace.com

  2. Michelle says:

    The coral zipper really sets this top off, just gorgeous!

  3. You look really nice! Love your top:)

    http://www.MARTASFASHIONDIARY.com/

  4. whitney says:

    I just made this in red with white polka dots. I had some trouble with the sleeves, but only because the shirt I chose to mimic had drop sleeves and the fabric I chose didn’t work well. With some adjustments, it’s still adorable! Thanks so much for having free tutorials! This was my very first sewn shirt.

  5. I love how simple and straight forward your tutorials are. As always the final products always beautiful and fashionable.

  6. Maureen says:

    Hy ! I love this tutorial ! It’s so classy ! But, I have something you could do to help us, maybe, you could draw downloadable patterns. It’s just an idea for a better site but it’s already super !
    I’m sorry if I’ve done some mistakes but I’m French ^^
    Thanks reading,
    Maureen

  7. So cute. You are absolutely gorgeous!!! Where are your pants from?! They remind me of Mary Tyler Moore on the Dick Van Dyke Show. A timeless beauty. You would love her style on that show! ❤️

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