I need second opinions on this.
I received a stack of clothes from a friend over the winter and one of the shirts had a dingy velvet-like button band. I soaked the shirt, spot treated and scrubbed it with various stain products…and then eventually placed it back in my wardrobe while I thought about solutions.
What I am thinking of doing now, is folding the button-hole side (the dingy one) inward and closing the shirt using snaps. In this plan, I would remove the collar and use the fabric to replace the strips of dinge on the cuffs and maybe create a flower or interesting shape to attach somewhere on the front of the shirt.
The original shirt is in the first frame and a rough idea of the outcome is in frame two.
What do you think- would it look okay with a mandarin collar and hidden button placket?