Hey there! Today I want to show you how you can jazz up a regular t-shirt with a custom collar!
I purchased this plain black crew neck t-shirt sometime last year from Old Navy because it was on sale for about $5, and it was super soft! Since then, I have only worn it while lounging around at home, since it’s a little too boring on its own.
Then last weekend, I was looking for a quick sewing project to do and remembered that I had purchased a Simplicity pattern (1727) for a DIY collar. I rummaged through my fabric scraps and found a sweet floral print which I knew would be perfect! It was a quick sew (see notes near the end of this post), and before no time I had a little collar!
floral collar + plain t-shirt = adorable!
It was a match made in heaven. My once drab t-shirt got new life with this collar, and I can’t wait to sew up more! It’s a great way to use up your fat quarters or scraps.
I wasn’t sure if it would look too childish, but I really love it so I don’t care.
What are your thoughts?
Sewing the collar (version B):
- Do I have a big neck? This pattern seems to think so, haha. I first sewed it in a size small, which practically choked me. The one you see me wearing is a size large. It’s pretty easy to adjust the pattern, so if you need it a little bigger you can just extend it on the ends.
- The pattern calls for fusible interfacing. I was lazy (and wanted to finish quickly), so I skipped that part.
- The most time consuming steps were cutting the pattern/fabric and hand sewing the hook and eye. Total time: about 25 minutes. Future collars will likely come together much more quickly!
T-Shirt: Old Navy Perfect Fitted Tee
Collar: made by me 🙂 (using Simplicity 1727)
Hat: Volcom (via Zumiez)
Jeans: Old Navy Diva
Rain Boots: Sperry Top-Sider via Marshall’s
Bag: MMS Design Studio (gift from my friend Tasnim!)