Adding a Peter Pan Collar To The Scout Tee

RK-grainline-janomehorzontal-logoIt seems like everywhere I look online there are ladies singing the praises of the Scout Tee by Grainline Studio. I am no different! In fact you might even say I’m a bit obsessed with this pattern! As of writing this post I have made this top six times, and I have fabric for at least three more waiting to be sewn! (Update… I’ve now made this shirt 9 times) It is such a quick project, a perfect wardrobe staple, and it works well out of many different types of fabric. The Scout Tee has pretty much become the employee uniform here at Harts, so many of the ladies have made them!

Since it is such a simple pattern, there is a lot of room to get creative by making easy alterations. I am personally in love with Peter Pan collars! If a pattern has a Peter Pan collar I am 80% more likely to make it (true facts, I totally did the math on this)! Because Of my Peter Pan passion, I decided it would be totally adorable to add one to the Scout Tee!

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial finished 2(Spoilers: I was totally right, it’s adorable!)

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 01Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Grainline Studio Scout Tee pattern

A light weight apparel fabric – I used an indigo dotted chambray by Robert Kaufman

lightweight fusible interfacing

Pattern tracing paper

Now that we have all our materials assembled it’s time to draft our collar pattern! This is super simple and you can follow the same steps to add a collar to any pattern!

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 02First, mark the 5/8″seam allowance on the shoulder edge of both your shirt front pattern piece and shirt back pattern piece.

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 03Lay out your pattern pieces with the marked seam allowances overlapping, then pin in place. This will give you the correct curve of the shirt’s neckline.

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 04Lay a piece of pattern tracing paper over your pinned together pattern pieces. Now it’s time to trace the curve of the neckline! You will also need to extend the lines at the back and front of the patterns. The back line will be the fold line that will become the center back of the collar.

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 05Now that you have the basic structure for what will become your collar, it’s time to actually create the pattern piece! I decided I wanted my collar to be about 2″ wide, so my pattern piece will need to be 2 5/8″ wide to account for seam allowance. Using a ruler or measuring tape, mark out from the curve of the collar at 2 5/8″.

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 06You will also need to extend the front edge of your pattern by 5/8″ to account for seam allowance.

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 07After you mark your curve, connect the dots to for the outline of your collar pattern piece!’

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 09Now it’s time to make the curve of your Peter Pan collar. I just kinda free-handed mine, but you can also use a French curve to get a nice clean line.

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 10Here is what your finished pattern piece should look like!

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 11Using your fancy new pattern, cut two on the fold from your main fabric, and one from your interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to one of your collar pieces.

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 13After fusing your interfacing, pin your two collar pieces together with right sides together. Sew the two pieces together using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 14After you notch the curves in your seam allowance, turn your collar piece right side out and press! Check out your awesome collar, it’s lookin’ good!

At this point you can start sewing up your Scout Tee following the directions on the pattern. You will attach the collar to the shirt when it comes time to finish the neckline. Let’s do that now shall we….

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 15First pin your collar to the neckline with right sides together. Don’t forget that the side with interfacing will be the underside of the collar. The best way to center your collar is to mark the center front and center back of your neckline, and mark the center back of your collar piece – then just match up the markings!

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 16Before you finish your neckline, use a basting stitch to attach your collar. Basting it in place first will insure the collar will be centered and free from puckers and creases, this extra step will save you a ton of stress when you finish the collar edge.

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial 17Finally, you will finish your neckline according to your Scout Tee pattern! Don’t forget to remove your basting stitches! Just give your collar a final press and you are good to go!

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial finished 2Lookin’ good, lookin’ fine! A perfect Peter Pan collar!

grainline scout tee peter pan collar tutorial finishedYou can use the same steps to draft a collar for any pattern! It’s super easy and super cute!

Don’t forget to share pictures of your finished Scout tee with us, we always love to see customer projects!

Happy sewing!

– Alexis

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