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Top button extension for shirt collar

Sheblue44 | Posted in General Discussion on

How do I make a simple button extension for my husband’s top button on his shirt collar when he wears a tie?


  1. BernaWeaves | | #1

    Fold a piece of round elastic in half and sew the ends together (so it looks like a tadpole with a tail).  Sew a button to the tail end.  The button goes in the button hole and the loop goes around the button on the shirt.

    But maybe, if he needs to wear a tie, it would be nice to get him a nice new shirt that fits so that he looks classy.  Lands' End has shirts in all sizes for $19 that look fantastic and wear like iron. 


    Edited 2/29/2008 5:22 pm ET by BernaWeaves

    Edited 2/29/2008 5:23 pm ET by BernaWeaves

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Do you mean, how to hold the shirt almost-closed but not completely buttoned since it won't be seen under the tie?

    Two easy methods: use a matching-color ponytail holder, loop it through the current buttonhole, then loop one or both ends over the button. It's especially nice because it has some stretch in it.

    A more secure extension is a tab of the same fabric, color, and height of the shirt collarband with a buttonhole at one end and a button on the other and as much space as you want in between. The tab buttonhole goes over the shirt button, and the tab's button goes in the shirt's buttonhole.

    I've used both of these techniques on jeans and pants that are just a bit too snug, too!

  3. krichmond | | #3

    Hi Sheblue44:

    When I worked at a tuxedo rental place, if the customer complained about a tight short collar, we had these simple collar extenders that worked quite well.  They were made of thin, stiff, white (to match the tux shirts) felt-like material (so they didn't fray).  Each extender was about an inch long and 5/16' wide with rounded edges.  There was a horizontal slit in one side and a small button sewn on the other side.  They didn't last long, but they did the job they had to do.  If you can find a non-fraying material for the base (I don't think regular felt would stand up well - unless perhaps interfaced?), they would be quite simple to make.

    Hope this helps,



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