How to add a lace trim to a Peter Pan collar
This is a straight forward tutorial for adding a lace trim to a Peter Pan collar. The result is ssoo pretty!
You'll need to start with a pattern for a Peter Pan style collar. I'm using a pattern which has separate front and back collar pieces (some patterns may have the collar as one piece.) Follow the pattern instructions for the very first stages of making your collar. In my case, this comprised cutting out the pattern pieces, transferring markings, fusing interfacing to the collar pieces and sewing the front and back collar pieces together. We're going to start the tutorial from this point, so make sure you've done all your prep work beforehand.
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You will need:
Prepared pieces of your preferred collar pattern (see above).
1 to 1.5 metres of lace trim depending on the size of your collar. My collar required almost exactly a metre, but it's always worth buying more than you need for contingency.
First you're going to measure the width of our lace trimming. Mine is 6/8ths of an inch at the highest point.
Then you need to decide how much of the lace trim you want to peep out along the edge of the collar. I decided I just wanted the top scalloped layer to show. Measure this distance - mine was 2/8ths of an inch (or a quarter of an inch if you prefer).
Now for a teeny tiny bit of maths. Subtract the second measurement from the first measurement. In my case it was 6/8ths minus 2/8ths = 4/8ths (or half an inch). That's it! That's all the maths you'll need to do. So my seam allowance for when we get to step seven is half an inch. IMPORTANT point, you only need this seam allowance for step eight and NOT before.
This is the point where you need to apply the seam allowance you worked out earlier. In my case it's half an inch. Sew the two layers together, right round the edge, using the correct seam allowance.
You'll see that you now have two lines of stitching: one from when you attached the lace and the second from sewing the front and back collar pieces together.
Pattern instructions always tell you to notch around a collar edge for a smooth line, but I've always preferred to trim the seam allowance right down. In my experience it gives a much cleaner, angle-free line. It's entirely up to you which route you choose. If you do decide to trim the seam allowance right down, make sure you don't cut through any of the lines of stitching!