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The Collar Project: A Study in Pleather

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Clever Charlotte's The Collar Project
Clever Charlotte's The Collar Project

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!  

Chickadee Jumper by Jess of Running With Scissors
Chickadee Jumper by Jess of Running With Scissors

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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Jess collar1
Jess collar1

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!

collar6
collar6

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.

Jess collar4
Jess collar4

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.

Jess Collar2
Jess Collar2

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.

collar3
collar3

That's it!

Then just button it on the back of the sweater! 

Jess collar5
Jess collar5

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

Jess collar7
Jess collar7

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

Jess collar9
Jess collar9

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