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1939 Men's Shirt w/ detachable collar

Added Jan 17, 2011

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






I made this shirt using Dubarry 2349B, a men’s pattern from 1939 (DuBarry was the pattern line for F.W. Woolworths and were designed by Simplicity). I bought the pattern on Etsy and it was in excellent shape considering its age. It has a removable collar and collar stand that fits over the band (which is sewn onto the shirt). You can wear it either way. The top closes with a shirt stud.

I love the fit of this shirt — trim and narrow. A great look.

There more about my shirt on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness.

I’m leading a men’s shirt sew-along starting February 1 and we’re already more than 50 strong — come join us!

More info here: Men’s Shirt Sew-Along.

Material Notes

I used blue and white striped shirting from the Garment District here in NYC. It didn’t occur to me when I bought it but it definitely has a vintage feel to it.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Shirting

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    Dec 9, 2012, 12.52 AMby Robert Falls

    A wonderfully done shirt. I have just signed up for a classic shirt making class. I really like your craftsmanship in constructing the shirt. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    Jul 28, 2011, 11.53 PMby missuscrime

    So neat and tidy! Looks great :)

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    Jan 28, 2011, 06.06 AMby urbandon

    You really are stylish. Of course, beautifully made.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 03.05 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    I think removable collars is the newest trend for men and women…they really add dash and flair and urbanity. Btw, I recreate old knitting patterns. I use contemporary fingering weight yarns (some of which are in my iPhone app, Yarn U.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 12.28 AMby maidenjane

    I love it! Functional and fun! Quite dapper!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.28 PMby kallers

    The shirt is pretty awesome, but it’s actually the suspenders that have me drooling!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 07.48 AMby groovymama

    Great work, Peter. And it suits you ….you look so cute in this 1930-40 inspired outfit :-)

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    Jan 18, 2011, 06.23 AMby la inglesita

    I love the pattern and the fabric. I´m a big fan of your projects, because you master matching the right pattern to the right fabric and style (and the right sewing machine too). Well done again!!

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      Jan 18, 2011, 09.23 PMby Peter Lappin

      It’s funny, when I bought that fabric last summer (spring?) it didn’t look especially vintage, but it seems to fit that 1930s period, doesn’t it?

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.02 AMby imogens

    Love love love detachable collars… and the shirt looks awesome too!

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    Jan 17, 2011, 06.16 PMby cantare

    That is handy, a double function shirt! Now it should be easier to clean the collar, right? It looks great!

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    Jan 17, 2011, 05.43 PMby Peter Lappin


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    Jan 17, 2011, 05.41 PMby in-stockholm

    I agree – it’s a great look!

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