I had grand plans of making 4th of July dresses for my two girls but after I made the first one and it wouldn’t even fit over my daughter’s head, I bagged it and put my 4th of July sewing hopes to rest. That is until I saw this shirt from the blog Hello Fashion. I loved the pop that the red collar gave to the blue shirt. I pinned it and the wheels started turning. I had a blue striped shirt in my closet that I thought would be a great candidate for a red collar redo shirt refashion. I have cut off a few collars in my day but I have never put one back on.
I first started by cutting off the existing collar and then cutting off a little more. I didn’t want the shirt to be up so high. I used the second cut off piece of collar to measure out my new piece of red ribbed knit. The old piece ended up being 21 inches long. I cut the new piece to be 20 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. Something that I didn’t even know was that you can buy ribbed knit by the yard. I thought it already came prepackaged like bias tape but I guess not! It was also much easier than I thought to put it in. I referenced this tutorial from Schwin&Schwin to put in the collar. With right sides together, I sewed the end of the 20 inch piece of red ribbed knit making it into a circle.
When I top stitched along the edge, I put my needle right next to the collar so that I could get a close stitch. I tried the shirt on and I liked it! It was missing something though. I decided to put on a red rib knit pocket as well. I found a shirt with a pocket and traced the pocket.
I followed the tutorial for putting on a pocket from Merrick’s Art. The whole t-shirt refashion took less than an hour and now I know how to take off a collar from a shirt and put on a new collar! I slightly feel bad that my girls will have to wear their 4th of July outfits from last year while I sport a new shirt refashion but sometimes this momma has got to do things for herself too! The colors of the shirt are festive enough to wear as a 4th of July shirt but I think I will be able to get away with wearing it after the 4th of July as well.