Saturday, 31 March 2018

Up-Cycled Shirt


I bought this windowpane check shirt from a charity shop in Highgate last summer. It has been on weekly rotation in my work wardrobe but has recently started to show signs of wear and tear. The viscose fabric has begun to shred at the collar as you can see below.




I un-picked the collar and used it as a guide to make a new one. I used the Deer and Doe Melilot collar stand pattern piece using a piece of black and white spotty cotton from the stash.



I sewed the collar first and then attached the collar stand to the main shirt body by the inside collar. I then ironed the seam upwards into the collar, folded the seam allowance of the outer collar stand and top-stitched in place. Finally, I top-stitched the whole collar stand and collar to finish. I always use a pin in the corner of the collar to pivot with so you have something to hold onto and avoid the point of the collar dipping into the throat plate hole.


What do you think? I am really happy with my up-cycle to extend the life of one of my favourite shirts and using some stash fabric too #makeyourstash.






14 comments:

  1. What a clever repair! I like the contrasting collar even more than the original one.

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    1. Thanks Rosemary - I am really happy with the new contrasting collar!

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  2. I like it! The monochrome theme and contrasting prints look really good together. Great repair and hooray for a shirt that no one else can possibly have :-)

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    1. Thanks Kate - yes, my shirt has certainly got a unique twist now!

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  3. Great idea and I love the dots with the checks.

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  4. Bloody brilliant!!! I thank that is great. I have had an idea to do something similar on my denim jacket but haven't quite plucked up the courage to fiddle with my favourite jacket. Inspirational. Jo x

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    1. Thanks Jo. Go for it with your denim jacket. I am really happy with my up-cycle but I was a bit nervous when I unpicked the collar that I was about to ruin it!

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  5. Great save! I think the stash fabric works very well as a collar.

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    1. Thanks Kat. I am happy that it worked out OK too.

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  6. What a great save, the fabric looks like it was meant to be. x

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  7. That's brilliant, and a great tip about the pin. This is going to be one of the features at this weeks Handmade Monday :-)

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