Upgrading vintage clothes: Collar

On Instagram I‘ve often mentioned that I love buying vintage and second hand. It‘s got so many advantages: One can save so many dollars and the clothes are usually in good or great condition and quality. There‘s such a big selection of used clothes available and some pieces are really unique which is awesome. And it‘s great for the environment.

But some pieces, though gorgeous and of great quality, are sometimes not exactly 100% of what I want. Maybe the extra 5% are missing but can easily be fixed? Let‘s see..

Let me introduce: The Madeleine Dress

This linen dress by Madeleine (which I‘m not sure if I should call it vintage or second hand, the borders aren‘t clear here haha) I bought second hand. I looked up the brand and saw that their clothes/dresses are quite pricey, some dresses being around at least 80€ but most of their pieces cost 100-200€ or more. I paid 25€…
The quality is great, I really like it. A few things are a tiny bit meh to me but nothing that would stop me from wearing it as it is.
I prefer round collars and this has pointy ones. The buttons aren‘t bad but I like natural coconut buttons and it‘s also got no pockets. And lastly, I‘m not 100% sure about the elastic band around the waist but I‘m not mad at it, either.

Today, I decided to upgrade the collars and here‘s how I did it.

Before I start describing that I want to mention that I‘m in no way a professional. I‘ve been able to sew whole clothing pieces that don‘t fall apart and look fairly nice. But changing clothes is another thing and this isn‘t going to turn out looking very professional. But I personally like the look of handmade changes that turn out looking okay-ish if I can have it immediately. I‘ve also done this several times to various different dresses and I‘m fine with my skills in this. But anyone who is not fine with this or unsure whether to actually do this to beautiful and/or expensive clothing: I suggest you let a professional do it for you!!

1. I looked among my other clothes to find a collar I really like just as it is. The lilac dress is a classic dress by Son de Flor and I love their collars.
4. I cut off the tip but made sure to leave a little bit of seam allowance. Normally you‘d leave 2cm or more but in this small area I was happy to have about a centimetre of seam allowance. I also opened the seams so I had enough space to fold.
5. The area of the fabric where I cut off the tip was loose then and to prevent the fabric from fraying I sealed these little bits with an overlock stitch. My machine has seams and a foot for that purpose but a zigzag stitch would probably work just as well.
This is how it turned out at first, my second stitch row isn‘t very obvious but my uneven fold on the right collar is. I later fixed this by hand, now they‘re both even but I failed to remember to take a photo of it close up.

It‘s not the most obvious change ever but I see the difference because I‘m such a fan of round collars ♡ I‘ve done the same thing to a black and a purple dress of mine and I think this little detail changes a lot for me personally!
Next time I‘ll swap the buttons on this dress and add some pockets.

I hope you enjoyed the post 🙂 If you ever try it let me know how it worked for you ♡

x natashia

Published by natashia le fay

I'm a witch & folklore lover from the Eifel in Germany, constantly on the look for the hidden magic in this world. I love linen clothes, green academia, books & the colour green. I share my home with a man, two bunnies, two cats & the fae.

3 thoughts on “Upgrading vintage clothes: Collar

  1. Your blog has become one of my favourites! You’re so creative, it’s inspiring. ♡
    The dress (what a good find!) turned out even cuter than before. You did an amazing work! And you look so lovely in it.

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  2. Your blog has become one of my favourites! You’re so creative, it’s inspiring. ♡
    The dress (what a good find!) turned out even cuter than before. You did an amazing work!! And you look lovely in it

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    1. Oh my Goodness, thank you soo much!? I’m kind of overwhelmed about this compliment omgg..
      thank youuu!! I agree, I think details like this really change a whole piece of garment and I love it so much more than before ❤ All the best to youuu ❤

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