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4/09/2013

Shark (collar) Attack!

First of all, I Did NOT design and sew the shirts shown below...now moving right along....

Have you noticed this trend in designer shirts?  It's an extremely wide spread collar, now often called a "Shark" Collar (for its resemblance to shark fins).

 <click photo to see detail>

 A wide spread collar is often asked for when  the client wants to wear a tie with a prominent knot with his dress shirt...but these days, as you can see above, designers are adding "shark" collars to casual shirts as well as more formal styles.

But if you go to an experienced Shirt-maker who has been in the trade for more than a minute...and ask for a shark-collar, you are likely to get a quizzical glance complete with raised eyebrows. Why?  Because to Shirt-makers, this is just a wide-spread collar. We'll make a collar for a client with any degree of spread they want. Sure, most of have a 'look book' with a variety of collar styles that have different names..but collar style names often differ between Shirt-makers from different countries. So many of us use actual sewn examples and/or pictures with names or numbers.

Here's a very quickly sketched example of what a "shark" collar pattern draft might look like.  Might?  Yes...keep in mind that the new spread (shown in green) can be even more extreme.  [Please note that only 1/2 of the collar is shown.]  If you change a collar from a typical one to a "Shark" style, the collar's short ends will lean towards the Center Back at an angle from the original draft as shown.  You will also see that I made the new (green) "shark"collar wider as it approached the point...that's because it would be my personal preference (design choice) on this collar that was already very narrow...nothing more than that.


So...what do you think?  Yay or Nay to the Shark Collar?  Do you like it?        Would you or your partner wear a shirt with this collar style?



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26 Comments:

Anonymous Janet Pray said...

Thanks so much Pam for keeping us up-to-date with new terms and styles. I have the spread collar in one of my patterns but had never heard the term Shark Collar, makes sense.
Janet

10:55 AM  
Blogger Georgia said...

meh

11:18 AM  
Blogger Gorgeous Things said...

There was an article in the Wall Street Journal a couple of months ago about the widening spread. Personally I don't care for it. It reminds me of the really big, ugly ties of the 1970s. But to each his own, I guess. I prefer a medium spread on my guy.

11:32 AM  
Blogger LyndaSewing.blogspot.com said...

My comments are YUK! It just looks like someone made a bad draft and didn't change it.
Your shirts are so beautiful and look so high end. These look cheap, no matter the cost.
JMO...

11:34 AM  
Blogger LyndaSewing.blogspot.com said...

YUK!~
Just my opinion, but your shirts always look beautiful and high end custom.
These just look like someone made a bad draft and didn't correct them. More a Wal-Mart or K-Mart shirt than a custom.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Linda T said...

Not wild about it; but maybe it will grow on me.............

12:13 PM  
Blogger Peter Lappin said...

I've always liked this kind of shirt collar, though I've never made one myself. I associate it with dress shirts.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Lynn B said...

I made a linen shirt with this style collar "by accident". I was messing with the collar and out this style came. Who knew I was being so fashionable???
It takes a bit of "getting used to" when wearing it, but I think I've decided it's just fine...

12:59 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

LindaSewing...these pics came from a very high-end retailer, and retail for between $200 to $400 !

I know, right? Shocking! That's why I made the disclaimer that they were not mine ;)

1:32 PM  
Blogger Mainelydad said...

I like it because sometimes we just need something a little different. I do think it looks best when it's kept small and narrow.

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Grammiepam said...

I'm with Georgia, "meh". Can't say I care for the shark collar.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Sz Musil said...

Nice to know how to do it, but not my cuppa.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Scooter said...

Wonder why guys don't match their collars to face shape the way women tend to?

The guy I sew for has a jaw like Dick Tracy and would look ridiculous in a collar like this, but for myself, I think it's kind of cool as a one-off. Sort of 1920s-ish. I definitely couldn't see a whole wardrobe of them though!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Judith said...

I can see exactly why you put the disclaimer in the first sentence! Luckily this 'trend' hasn't taken off Down Under, from what I have seen. Actually off suit-shopping with my son today so will scrutinise the shirt collars as I go ... J

6:14 PM  
Blogger Jilly Be said...

They look odd to me. That said, I'll try to be open-minded, if for no other reason than ANY sort of variety that gives more options to the limits in mens wear can't be all bad....

12:21 AM  
Blogger dkswife said...

I do not care for that type of collar, and like most everyone else has said, your shirts are classy :)

5:00 AM  
Blogger andib said...

It doesn't look good on a more heavy set man. Just makes your face/chest look wider.JMHO

11:46 AM  
Blogger andib said...

IMHO, they don't look very good on a heavy set/fluffy man. Just makes you look wider. Also more of a tie challenge.

11:48 AM  
Blogger mermaids said...

nope. not a fan.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Nancy K said...

I like it in a casual shirt because It's a rare man who can tie a wide knot tie.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Ed Lamoureux said...

I had some dress shirts made in Thailand and - against my instructions - they were delivered with this type of collar. I don't like it when wearing a tie because the collar does not always cover the part of the tie circling the neck. You have to have a really thick, wide tie and tie a very loose knot to span the space. Unfortunately, I picked up the shirts on my last day in country and didn't notice the collars until I returned home. On the brighter side, I am now retired and no longer wear ties on a daily basis, so it no longer matters. On a casual shirt, it makes no difference except aesthetics.

Ed

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's great to find a new collar design, I have just found the 'Eldridge knot' for ties and the shark collar will be perfect. I am going to try your interfacing as it seems to be like the professional product I have been looking for...Regards, Will

11:15 PM  
Blogger Sew Lady Sew! said...

Glad to see this explanation. Personally, I'm not a fan. For me, the good news is now I can open the end of my collar (so the corner is not so tight and pointy) with a clear conscious. Those tight corners were hard to pull out nicely, even with your super tute using thread loops.
- T

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Mary Beth said...

I like the wide spread collar and love seeing the new wide ties. There is a world of difference between what is being shown in mens wear this fall and what was in style during the 70's. This year it rich color and fabrics, so polished!

3:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never heard the term before, but I definitely do NOT like the look of the wide spread collar, whether it is on a "dress" shirt or a casual shirt. Like someone else who commented, I think it makes the shirt look cheap, regardless of the quality of the fabric and the construction.

4:08 PM  

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