Find: Vintage replacement collars

May 15, 2013 in DIY, Fashion, Style, Sustainability by alliemcc



Found a package containing 2 of its 3 original Sears private label replacement collars from the '40s or '50s (based on a couple of web listings I found, and the style of illustration– I would put it more in the '40s?). People (i.e. womenfolk) used to extend the life of men's button-down shirts by replacing the collars and cuffs when they got worn or stained from use– that means unstitching the original collar, and either making a new set, or buying ready-made ones like these.

I found it interesting that only 1 of the 3 of this set appear to have been used– that was also the case with the 2 web listings I found for the same product. Admittedly it's a lot of work to replace a collar, and with mass production of clothing taking off and becoming much cheaper after WWII, along with rising incomes, that would be just about the time that people may have just started replacing entire garments, rathering than mending. Or at the very least, giving them to the cleaners to do the work instead of doing it at home.

I love the graphic design of the package. And I may try to find a way to clean up the raw edges of the collar stand, put on a cool vintage button, perhaps try dying one of them? or attaching studs? and wearing it as a detachable collar accessory…

This would also be a cool way to upcycle a dingy old button down, or one from a thrift store.