DIY Cutout Collar T-Shirt Tutorial

DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial
Lately I’ve been seeing some super cute cutout collars on dresses, and last week I decided to make a t-shirt version. Here’s how to make your own.

DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorialLeft: Taylor Swift in an Honor dress. Middle: Free People. Right: BCBGeneration

Materials:
T-shirt
Stretch mesh or stretch lace fabric
Scissors
Sewing machine
Pins
Chalk or fabric marker
Iron
Freezer paper
Printer paper

DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial
Methods:
1. Mark the center of your collar with a piece of chalk. Using your shirt as a guide, draw a template for your collar and cut it out.  Here’s the one I used, though you’ll probably need to adjust it for your shirt neckline.

cutout collar template

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DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial
2. Trace your pattern onto freezer paper twice, flipping it so you have two mirror images of the collar piece. Cut them out and place them on the shirt shiny side down.
DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial
DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial
3. With your iron on low, iron one of the collar templates onto the outside of the shirt. On the inside, pin a piece of your mesh fabric behind the freezer paper.Make sure to stretch it taut and use lots of pins to hold it in place.
DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial
4. With a stretch or zigzag stitch, sew around the freezer paper template with a sewing machine. When you’re done, remove the first piece of freezer paper and repeat on the other side. (I found that if I ironed them both on in the beginning, the one I stitched second started to detach from the shirt before I sewed around it.)
DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial
5. On the right side of the shirt, very carefully snip the top layer of t-shirt fabric and trim it close to the lines of stitching. On the inside, trim the mesh fabric to about 1/4-inch beyond the stitching.
DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial
DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial

DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial
DIY cutout peter pan collar shirt tutorial

I think it’s a fun spring update for a t-shirt or dress. What do you think?

4 thoughts on “DIY Cutout Collar T-Shirt Tutorial

  1. truebluemeandyou says:

    Love the look of this altered tee. I also like all the possibilities of customizing it. I posted the top finished photo and a link back to your blog on truebluemeandyou on Tumblr.

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