Monday, 26 March 2018

Shirt Tales

 I've had this shirt for nearly 30 years now. It's a chambray cotton man's shirt from M&S. My friend Hazel had one and I admired it, and copied her idea, shortening the sleeves to fit. 
A baggy 'boyfriend' shirt, but the sleeves don't need rolling p!
It's my Saturday shirt, worn with jeans, under a navy crew neck sweater. Or unbuttoned over a bright tee shirt. 
But the collar and cuffs are disintegrating. 
I removed them, neatly backed them with a scarlet print fabric [using bondaweb and tiny handstitching] 
Then turned them round and sewed them back, having remembered to swap over left and right cuffs. 
I added a sliver of scarlet trim to the pocket top and changed the cuff buttons to scarlet too. 
I also added the contrast collar band. 
I'm really happy with the result. A few more Saturdays of wear left in this garment I think. 

Does anybody else bother to turn collars anymore? 


  1. I don't think people do that anymore but they should! You did a very nice job of it.

  2. This is the first I have ever heard of anyone doing it, in my life! (I'm 52). It looks nice, very clever way to avoid wasting a useful shirt.

  3. What do you mean by Turn Collars? Your makeover is excellent! You should swap the main buttons for red ones too!

  4. There's a good tutorial here

  5. I turned a collar on my husbands work shirt recently. I imagine it's a dying art nowadays ☺

  6. You did a very neat job of it! I can't say I've ever turned a collar, myself, though.


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