Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Easy Men's Shirt Restyle


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.
1 - Take off the pocket. Carefully. With a seam ripper.

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.

8 - Use 1 of the pieces you cut off the sides earlier to make the straps.

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.

13 -Wear and love!

This is my first ever tutorial so I hope that you can follow everything! Please let me know if there is anything that is unclear or if you have any suggestions or questions! Thanks :)


  1. seems very clear to me. And men's shirts aren't more than a couple dollars at the Salvation Army. Oh and you look very cute in it too Mandy

  2. I bought some shirts today to try this with!

  3. love this! can't wait to try it. thanks for sharing... :)

  4. BTW - any hints as to what to watch out for with the top button? I mean when cutting the top of ur garment under the arms - should u try to cut in between 2 buttons on the plackard, or try to cut just above or below a button.

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