Peter Pan Collar Beatrix

by | May 4, 2016 | Garment, Sewing Projects | 4 comments

Dammmn Natasha, back at it again with the pattern hacks.
(that meme is still relevant, right?)

Sit down child, let me tell you a story about a shirt.

I went into local fabric mecca, Dressew in downtown Vancouver, to find plain ol’ black fabric for a completely different garment. However, as one does in Dressew, I meandered through the quilting-weight cottons to see if they had brought back some fabric that I died for a few months back, but didn’t buy at the time and was never able to find again. Alas, they did not have what I was looking for, but I stumbled across this adorable Retro Rocket Rascals pattern by Michael Miller Fabrics.
Um hi, can I be a Retro Rocket Rascal please? c’mon now.
So, I decided I would grab a few yard of this, and never think about that old loser fabric they didn’t carry anymore ever again.*

As you (hopefully) remember, I am one with the Made by Rae Beatrix Pull-Over Top pattern. With the subsequent score of delicious little star buttons found in the basement of Dressew, I had a new project in mind that superseded all other projects that swirl around my mind at any given time.

*Oh, and if you are desperate to know, they actually did have the other fabric I was looking for (it was hidden aka in an area I hadn’t previously looked) and then, you know, I just bough them both anyway. For real though,  I probably shouldn’t have a credit card.


I had decided to add a peter-pan collar to further rock this retro fabric, and of course, assumed I could complete it by trollin’ the internet for tips. These two came in handy.

Now, if this shirt was just a regular tee, giiiiiirl you know I would have slayed adding a new collar. I started by adjusting the neckline on the front bodice and the two back bodice pieces, as the Beatrix is boat-neck-ish and I wanted it to fit a bit tighter for optimum peter pan cuteness. Then, I drew new neck facings to match the altered neck line. Finally, using Gertie’s illustrations as a guide, I patterned my collar shape to match the new neckline.
If you only had to look at the front of this shirt, you’d think ‘daaaannnggg this bitch knows what she is doing’. And then, I would walk away backwards, and when I was far enough back that you wouldn’t be able to immediately look at the back collar, I would turn and run away.
The back button plackets really messed up my jam, as I had patterned both collar pieces to fit directly to the end of the plackets. Duh, Natasha. That’s not how plackets work.


Guys, let’s be real: I was tres lazy, I didn’t want to take the whole shebang off and start again. So, I unpicked the collar to a specific points on each side, shortened it up, and resewed everything back together. I also removed some of the top of the outer placket so that it would sit more smoothly underneath the collar, but I imagine using a hook and loop would have also facilitated in this process. #learning.
Anyways, I am running away from you backwards, so you will technically never see this.


THE BUTTONS though! How god damn cute are those? That was a lucky find among the aisle upon aisle of Dressew button madness. Also, as it turns out, your left placket is always supposed to go over your right placket when making button-ups. Aka the exact opposite of what I did here. Which makes this shirt, like, one of those misprinted baseball cards before they find the error and stop printing the old ones. WHICH MAKES IT A VERY INTERESTING AND VALUABLE SHIRT, right guys? Right?

Mishaps and all, I love this guy. Look how freaking cute those little  rocket rascals are!


I hope your Me-Made-May is going swell!



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  1. Hoopes Park Studios (@HoopesParkArt)

    OMG cute fabric alert. Those little rosy cherub cheeks! And good job on the fix. It can be so frustrating at the end of a project to have something go wrong- unpicking is demoralizing. But you did it!

    • Natasha

      Haha! I agree! Unpicking is demoralizing!! Thank you so much.

  2. Kerry Lewendon

    You’re just so darned cute nobody’d notice that anyway


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