I collect cute vintage hankies and have way too many, even with selling some in my Etsy store. As a fun way to dress up summery tanks and tees, I've decided to make Peter Pan collars (that means the classic cutesy rounded-edge, vintage-ey shape) out of decorated hankies and put them on plain tees and tanks!
To do this, you'll need a tank, a hankie, and some white cotton for the underside of the collar. Here's what I'm starting with:
So here's what I did.
- Fold the tank in half and make a pattern that follows the curve of its neckline.
- Using the arc, create the shape of the collar--just eyeball it!
- Cut out around the collar adding a 1/2-5/8" seam allowance, whatever you prefer. This is your pattern piece, which you'll use to cut out from the hankie and the white cotton.
- If you have enough hankie to do a full collar, do the same thing but trace around to the back of the tank, too:
- Turn the pieces right sides together and sew *along the curved edge only*.
- You're going to flip and press, but first clip along the curve in the seam allowance so you don't have bulk along the edge.
- Flip and press.
- Press under 1/2" through both layers and clip along that curve, too.
- Find the center of your tank and pin the collar down, using your 1/2" fold as the guide to fit the edge of the tank directly into. Sew (on the inside of the tank) along the curve.
- If you're doing the partial collar, turn under 1/4"-1/2" at the top and finish the seam on the inside. Then hand-sew the fold down.