Don’t you just love Wikipedia? I was sat here thinking about how much I love Peter Pan collar dresses… then I looked at a picture of Disney’s Peter Pan and he didn’t seem to be actually wearing a Peter Pan collar. More pointy and shirt-like. What the?!
So, off to wikipedia I went and it said that this collar is so named because of a costume worn in 1905 by someone called Maude Adams in her role as Cap’n Hook’s arch-enemy. Apparently, she co-designed the collar and it “was an immediate fashion success and was henceforth known as the Peter Pan collar.”
Good old Maude.
Anyhoo, here are some lovely Peter Pan collar-ed dresses.
From the shops…
This one is from Modcloth and is blue velvet with a crocheted collar – nice! This shop could be seriously bad for my purse if they were based in the UK. What’s that? They ship to the UK?! Oh dear.
This one is from good old Toppers, from the Annie Greenabelle concession. It’s a little bit pink.
A bit of fancy lace detail is always nice.
This is another Modcloth dress – my favourite of the bunch. Sadly, no longer available. It’s more fitted than the sixties style shift dresses above, and the button-front detail is lovely.
Or make your own…
To sew up your own magnificent version of a Peter Pan collar shift dress the pattern you need is Burda 7494. Check out the one on the ‘Bernie and I’ blog – adorable.