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November 28, 2016


Dawn in NL

This is exactly what happens to my husband's shirts. I never thought about turning the collar, but I am going to try now. Thanks for this post.

Mary Lou Egan

I love this. My mother, in her depression era thought process, taught me to turn the collar and cuffs on a shirt. Many people don't even know what that means. I also learned to split the sheets in the middle where it wears and put the worn part to the outside. Flat felled seams...


I was taught to do this at school in the 50s - my mother had no need to do it because men's shirts at the time came with separate collars which were attached by means of collar studs. It is good to know that it is still being done - nice tutorial too.

Dawn in NL

Hello again, I finally turned my first collar. It went pretty well. I had to hand sew a section at the back where the seam went off line, but I am extremely happy with how it looks on the new right side. Another 4 shirts await the same treatment. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to save this shirt for a while longer.
Thanks again for the idea, and the tut.


May I suggest that when the collar is removed that it is given a "very damp" iron to get rid of the wrinkles from the underside. This will go a long way to make it look a bit better, rather than having to wait for three or four washes to get it to straighten out.

Elizabeth thurgood

I enjoy googling sewing tutorials and though I have turned lots of collars for my husband years ago I haven’t done it for a while. SO. I found your blog site. And pinning both sides separately is a new idea I’ll try this time.
I’m 70 so my teenagers are long gone and my days of petit point beyond me. However when I saw your post on knitting for D E Stephenson I felt I had to write. I began reading her novels in the 70s and now have a complete set.
Do you know Anne Hepple and the incredible Angela Thirkell? Both worth trying. I’m going to attempt to subscribe to your blog. But first I’ll mend that shirt.
From Beaufort Victoria Australia and also self isolated.


I am so happy to have found this tutorial! My Gran used to turn collars and I have been thinking about it for a while. Peter has some lovely shirts that are getting worn at the neck and nowhere else so I am hoping I will be able to do this and give them a new life! I'll let you know!

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