The Collar Project: A Study in Pleather
04 Dec 2012

The Collar Project: A Study in Pleather

5 Comments Inspiration, Peridot Blouse and Ankle Pants

Our first guest to be featured in The Collar Project is, no doubt, a familiar name/face to many of you. Jess of Running With Scissors is always devising new ways for her toddler daughter to wear our Clever Charlotte looks.  Here’s one of my favorites–a jumper from our Chickadee Skirt. Man, I wish we had thought of that one!  

Anyways, there’s no project to big or too small for Jess to tackle with her immense talent.  Let’s see what she’s done with our Peridot Collar!

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I am so excited to be visiting here today!
I’m a big fan of Clever Charlotte patterns and this was fun to rework the removable Peter Pan collar.
I chose to make a no-sew version from pleather (faux leather), which ended up being super easy.
I actually had a little sweater I had made and thought it would look cute with a pleather collar, but pleather isn’t machine washable and so having it permanently attached to a sweater for a toddler wasn’t a good idea.
So the fabulous idea for a removable collar solved my problem!
This variation of the Peridot collar has a different back closure.
My sweater had buttons in the back, so rather than ties, the collar has buttonholes for attachment.
The details on the collar are simple punches along the edge to match a little skirt I made a  few weeks ago.
So to make your own pleather collar!
You’ll need a square of pleather (or real leather).
I took the Clever Charlotte pattern and just brought in the finished edge about 1.5″ for Ellie being a smaller size and not needing seam allowances.
The fold is also the front rather than the back. 
Next I added the slits for buttonholes.  
You could sew real buttonholes on the pleather, but it won’t fray so I just cut it and moved on.  No sew and super quick!
Next to mimic the decorative punches on the skirt, I used a buttonhole punch to create a row of circles along the finished edge.
That’s it!
Then just button it on the back of the sweater! 

  The neckline fit just perfectly along the neck of the sweater.

  I thought the removable collar was such a cute detail to the sweater, and makes laundry easy for me!

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5 Responses to “The Collar Project: A Study in Pleather”

  1. Ana Sofia says:

    Stunning!
    Can’t wait for the upcoming posts / inspiration!

  2. Nicole says:

    Super dooper cute!

  3. tara says:

    Love the idea of using the existing sweater buttons for the attachment – very clever indeed! And it’s great to see a different material for kids’ clothing other than the usual knits or cottons.

  4. Amy says:

    I love the idea of the removable collar and use of different materials – so creative!

  5. Colleen says:

    This is so simple, but can add so much to an existing wardobe! Love it!