Woe is me. All my favorite winter (mostly flannel) shirts are badly frayed at
the top of the collar. They're a little faded, but, aside from the collars,
are nice and warm and comfy.
I hate to pitch 'em. Is there any way to patch 'em or otherwise repair 'em?
So they don't look so raggedy?
It'd probably cost more than buying new shirts, but any competent
sewing-machine driver can lay another layer of material over the collar
for you, in whatever fabric and color your heart desires. Satin like a
jacket liner or old-timey smoking jacket collar, or an old tux, would be
easiest, since it is so thin. Or just cut the collars off and hem the
edge- not like a modern shirt collar serves any function anyway.
I wear mine until they fall apart. They may be old, frayed and badly faded,
but I wear them around the house where few people can see me in them and
they do look better than wearing just a plain T-shirt.
If it's cold enough to wear a flannel shirt, it must be cold enough for a
jacket when going out side. In that case just slip a jacket on over the old
eyesore and you'll stay warm and comfortable with no one knowing what you
have on under your jacket.
My mother used to turn the collars on my dad's uniform shirts when they
began to show wear - tedious job, but doable. Go along the base of the
collar and remove the stitching where it is sewn to the neck band. Can
sew or iron on a facing to reinforce the worn area and then flip the
collar and sew back on.
Not shirts but hand knitted work socks. Number of pairs with toe and
heel holes/worn away.
Approched the 'Craft group of the local Seniors Centre asking if
anybody could/would repair by knitting new toes and heels.
Submitted some 7 pairs. The group rejected two pairs as beyond repair,
although they may have used some of the wool for the reknitting?
And returned to me five perfectly repaired pairs! Sent them a $25
donation and thank you for materials for their craft group.
New knitted work-boot socks here at least $15 to $18 even in post
Your shirt mileage may vary; but 'turning the collars on shirts was
common during my youth; which occurred in part during WWII when
everything was rationed; 'for the war effort'!
You need to find someone with the requisite skills. All too often
dying out to be replaced by modern skills.
Ask grandma to make bread and she'll have a weeks supply in an
afternoon. Or ask grandpa to fix a flat tyre he'll probably take the
wheel off and 'break down' the tyre with his boots before looking for
the hole in the tube (wot no tube!).
As others wrote, the collar could be removed and flipped/reversed to
have a fresh side. That'll be involved and take a while to do it. To
sew another layer on top will make the collar too bunchy. The frayed
section could be removed/cut out. (don't cut the other layer). Do not
cut to the edge of the collar. Cut inside the top stiching area of the
collar. Use a complementary plain color to inset. Use a top stitch or
an edging stitch to sew the new layer to the collar. This will be
easier with a sewing machine. With the modern machines there are
computer controls. Even with an older machine, somebody who knows
sewing can to the repair. After all, it's and old comfy shirt so
perfection isn't needed.
You could have the whole collar removed. Have a pattern drawn of the
shape and remember to add a seam allowance. Again use a complementary
plain color and make a new collar to attach.
Find a "manly" ribbon (wide), such as grossgrain. Lay the collar flat
and stitch the ribbon over the frayed portion. Hopefully what is
frayed, is straight (when viewed flat). This method may create a
Or you could just have the collar removed.
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