Like I said, I wasn’t really feeling the shape of the button-down on the shirt, so I decided to recut the collar. I had been wanting a club collar shirt, and I even tried to make my own shirt from scratch, but I’m not quite at the level to do that. At least without taking my time.
But cutting my own collar? It wasn’t too bad. It was still time consuming, and I don’t think it should be anyone’s first couple of projects, but it was doable. I don’t know how easy it would be to turn this into a different type of collar, like a spread.
Once again, you have to detach the collar and band from the shirt, then the collar from the shirt. Then you have to remove the decorative stitching in the collar so you have full access to the collar (the stitching that actually holds everything together is hidden inside). With this being a button-down collar, there were buttonholes that I just straight cut off. Additionally, I added some fusible interfacing to give the collar more body, although I would like to find some stiffer interfacing at some point.
I used a club collar pattern from a shirt pattern I bought to make a collar for a different shirt, but it turned out to be way too small. So, I added some extra inches to the pattern, but I didn’t like the final result. It was more a vertical club. I eyeballed a new pattern, giving it more of a cutaway feel, then sewed it, matched the pattern on the other side, did the decorative stitching, reattched to the collar, then to the shirt.
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