I have no explanation for why I hate collars. There is nothing sharper looking than a pressed collared shirt. Seems like if you like the way they look, you could overcome whatever you have against them. But I never have.
This post is trying out a technique I found online and one I’ve had in my mind for a long time.
Both of these shirts were purchased at a resale store with the specific intention of throwing them away if this didn’t work.
The first one is the easiest. It leaves a slight Nehru style collar. I could live with this.
You just get some sharp scissors and cut as close to the collar band as possible. I was really skeptical about this. It sure couldn’t get any easier, and it really looks okay.
Now for the tricky one. It had a different kind of collar band which made it an excellent candidate for the technique I planned to use. This is an idea I am inventing as I go. It might work, might not. At least I’ll bring the idea out of my head.
This is the original collar. Time to go.
It looks better already.
Ha! Pattern making
Truthfully…this is the point that I asked myself why I was doing this. Collars as so hard to deal with, and I realized I didn’t have a plan to finish it on the bottom where this facing ends. I seriously considered showing this shirt in the garbage can. No! That will not do….persevere. Sew that final seam. !
This is the final look, before the final hand sewing on the inside.
I’d consider it sort of a success. There is no collar. I figured out that a smaller facing might make this process easier. On the down side, this took a while, and it wasn’t near as easy as whacking the collar off with scissors.
If I ever try this again, it will be on a blouse I truly love.