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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 4th Sep 17, 8:20 AM
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    Convert hood to shawl collar?
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    • 4th Sep 17, 8:20 AM
    Convert hood to shawl collar? 4th Sep 17 at 8:20 AM
    I have a beautiful fleece dressing gown bought for me as a gift, but it has a hood, and I really don't like hoods.

    Does anybody know of any instructions available for converting to a shawl collar?

    I have done some Googling but haven't really come up with anything very helpful.

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    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 8th Sep 17, 7:43 AM
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    • 8th Sep 17, 7:43 AM
    I've just seen this thread. You could try moving to the sewing thread, where you might get a few replies, or try

    I think the reason no-one replied is that it is difficult to know exactly what you mean! What kind of hood is it? What kind of neckline does it have? What kind of shawl collar?

    If one with a hood that has been attached separately, I can't see that there would be enough fabric to make a shawl type collar, or that it would sit well enough. I would remove the hood, and neaten (possibly using tape) the neckline.

    If it is one of those loose hoods that are integral to the garment, then I would lay it out and measure to consider doing this:
    cut from centre front hood to back neckline. Try on.
    cut at the sides where you want the shawl collar to be (decide whether you are hemming or using bias tape to neaten)
    use the excess fabric to make an insert at the back of the neck.

    If the fabric is light, this could work, but if heavy, I think it would be bulky and not nice to wear.

    In my own mind, I can't see
    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 8th Sep 17, 11:13 AM
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    What is it about hoods that you don't like? I don't tend to put them up (on things like hoodies) so I just make sure they are flattened down at the back so they're comfortable to lean back against. Couldn't you do something like that with your hood rather than chopping bits off? If you put it on and make sure the hood is laying very flat (spread it wide and the flatten it down), you could then carefully take it off and add a few simple stitches to keep it in place. I think that would be a much easier option and it's a fleece dressing gown so hood/no hood isn't as much of a style issue as a nice dress!
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