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From: MaryW
Date: 11-20-2003, 07:07 AM (1 of 3)
I am posting this question I received this morning. Please help if you can, thanks.

wonder if you could help me with a question i have (is it ok to send you
mails with questions?).

my husband wears these collar shirts for his job and he has now a whole
collection of them with a worn collar. i have read about turning the collar
but then his collars have these kind of pins sow in on the reverse side so
turning them does not seem an option.

i have been thinking of giving the shirts a new life (for the weekend or for
his job) by replacing the collar, putting a new one actually. but as a
beginner i don t know very well how to start, and also which fabric could i
take, is it possible to make a shirt look original like this or am i being
too optimistic here? :o).

i would think i m not the only one with this problem (?). so, i wonder if
you have some inspiration for us...

thank you again.
greetings from belgium.
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: habanerohutch
Date: 11-20-2003, 01:34 PM (2 of 3)
The collar is the hardest part of a shirt as far as getting a professional look. but turning a collar or making a whole new one are possible, just tricky.

I can't picture what you mean by "pins sown in the reverse side." I don't think I have ever seen a collar like that. All of the ones I have done, I just carefull unstitched the collar (or collar band if it's a two piece) from the body of the shirt. Reverse the collar and carfully restitch.

To make a new collar, carefully remove the old one without stretching anything. Make a new pattern from the old collar pieces. make the new collar with the appropriate interfacing and reinstall it on the shirt.

I don't know what fabrics are available to you. But I should think you would look for something similar in weight and fiber content to the collar you removed.

Unless the shirts are very expensive, this is probably more work than it is worth.

Margaret Islander has a wonderful video on shirtmaking. And David Coffin wrote a terrific book on the subject. I learned a lot from both of them.

Chile Pepper
Chile Pepper from Texas
User: habanerohutch
Member since: 07-01-2000
Total posts: 49
From: dspotten
Date: 11-20-2003, 02:31 PM (3 of 3)
Just a guess, but I think she means collar stays when she says pins.

User: dspotten
Member since: 11-20-2003
Total posts: 6
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