I have seen lots of men's shirt makeovers lately and decided to try my own! I am so excited about how it turned out because I love the sweet summer feel to it and think it would also be great in a girly colour with ruffly accents! The best part was using the button down details that were already there and that it is a comfy, worn-in cotton. Since I am tall (5'9ish) I knew that I probably wouldn't have enough length for a dress like I had seen in other restylings, so I ended up doing a top. It is basically two rectangles of fabric with an elastic casing at the top and two straps. Here is how I did it!
1 mens button up shirt, size large
1" wide elastic
You will also need to measure your bust and down your side (measure from your armpit to how long you want the shirt to be - mine was 16").
This is the shirt I started with.
2 - Cut off top half of the shirt at armpit. You will only need the bottom half of the shirt from here on in.
3 - Cut off sides seams of shirt, it will probably be much larger than you need it. I cut 2" off each side so it was 20" across the front.
4 - Sew side seams. Make sure you have right sides facing together :)
5 - Sew casing at top for elastic. I folded the edge down 1.25" to fit 1" elastic.
6 - Run elastic through casing, sew elastic together and sew casing closed. My elastic measured 25" long.
7 - Mark where you would like the straps to go. I did this by putting the top on and pinning where my bra straps where.
9 - Cut off the curved end off the side strip.
10 - Cut this piece down the center so you have 2 strips, about1 " wide and 15" long.
11 - Sew strap seams and turn out with a loop turner.
12 - Sew straps to top where you marked it with pins earlier.