Flip the Shirt Collar to Extend Its Use

My husband had a job for many years where he had to wear dress shirts to work.

Sound familiar?

Invariably, the collars (where it folds over) would be the first thing on the shirts to wear out.

So, I’d flip them.

And the shirts would last twice as long.

Let me explain what I mean.

Here’s a typical dress shirt:

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A typical dress shirt has two parts to the collar: the upper collar with the points on it, and the lower collar that is the long skinny piece just below the upper collar. The lower collar usually has a buttonhole on one end and a button on the other end.

Sometimes, the area just above the seam where  the upper collar meets the lower collar, gets worn out. There is fraying or there is staining so bad that it won’t come out.

To see if your shirt is “flippable”, look at the underside of the collar like this:

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If the under side of the collar has permanent bubbles in it (like in the photo above), and there’s no way an iron will smooth them out, then I don’t advise you to flip the collar.

These bubbles usually come from the iron-on interfacing that some companies use and the wrinkles are caused when the interfacing was not applied correctly.

The shirt in the photo above has permanent wrinkles and bubbles and wouldn’t be a good candidate.

But, if the under side of the collar is smooth and lays flat, you can flip it.

Here’s what you need to do.

There is a horizontal row of stitching that runs between the tips of the blue pens in the photo below.

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Take out that horizontal row of stitching.

That will separate the upper collar from the lower one.

Now, all you do, is flip the collar over and pin it back in place in the exact spot you took it out from.

Then restitch it back in following the same line of stitching that you took out in the first place.

Isn’t that simple?

And you just doubled the life of the shirt by doing so!