Friends, I've always liked this white shirt I stitched for myself in November 2009 and planned to wear to the dreaded event you know where -- now tomorrow, OMG!
Which reminds me: I must make an appointment at the beauty shop...
I was wanting to wear this lovely white shirt tomorrow -- you know the story -- but I had to do something about the collar. The interfacing hadn't fused well and the collar was visibly puckered.
So I replaced it! Here's how.
With my seam ripper, I carefully removed the collar stand and attached collar. Have you ever seen anything yuckier-looking? The shame...
I then ironed the now-collarless shirt. The old edgestitching along the neck was still intact. This is important to keep the area from stretching.
I still had some of the white shirting left, luckily. (I'd recently dumped a big bag of fabric scraps and was happy to discover this wasn't among of them.) I experimented with some interfacings I have, but the heavier one was too much like the one that hadn't fused successfully the first time, and the weft-weight one showed through the very fine fabric.
This shirting is so extremely tightly woven it's difficult to get a pin through. I decided to interface with another layer of my fabric.
I start on the collar: cutting, stitching, trimming, turning, pressing, and topstitching.
I then sew my inside collar band (the side without the interfacing -- the interfaced side will become the outside band) to the inside of the shirt: right side of band to wrong side of shirt.
Separate from the shirt, I attach my finished collar to the outside band along the top: right side of collar band to wrong of collar (which is how they will appear on the completed shirt).
I then stitch the two collar bands together as I would a shirt cuff, and turn.
To finish, I topstitch along the outer edge of the collar band. Sometimes I go around the whole collar band, sometimes I don't (don't tell David Coffin!).
I then add button and buttonhole (this hole will be horizontal, not vertical like those on the buttonhole placket).
Voilá -- much improved!
I feel so much happier with the new collar, friends, and more confident.
Today I just have to hem my corduroy pants...
and get myself mentally psyched for the big event!
Any questions about the collar? Last-minute fashion tips?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!