Flip Collar for Long Lasting Shirt

My husband wears button-down collar shirts to work, and, while the rest of the shirt will still be fine, the collars tend to wear at the fold. I've found I can flip the collar by (carefully) taking out the stitches and then turning it over, and sewing it back.


You have to have a sewing machine for this, and I use a 12-stitch per inch or even higher to resew the collar. Also, check under the collar first to make sure there are no numbers stamped on the fabric.

When you flip a button-down collar, the buttonholes line up perfectly with the tiny buttons on the shirt. Just this week, my husband was ready to toss a couple of cotton shirts that he really liked, because the collars had tiny holes in them. The underside was fine, so now he's going to get at least another year's wearing out of the two shirts.

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May 22, 20150 found this helpful

The method you describe is called 'Turning a collar'. You can also turn cuffs. This was a common practice years ago when people were more 'frugal minded'.


I applaud you for having the know how and willingness to save your husband's shirts by 'flipping the collars'. Thumbs up for your tip.

Did you know there was a time when dress shirts and collars were sold separately? Another good idea lost to 'progress'.

February 9, 20160 found this helpful

I've read about this in old books, but I think the old celluloid collars were pretty uncomfortable. (Sorry I'm just now seeing this!)


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