Men's Shirt Makeover

comments (8) June 16th, 2010     

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men's shirt restyle

I have seen lots of men's shirt makeovers lately and decided to try my own!  It is basically two rectangles of fabric with an elastic casing at the top and two straps. Here is the finished product and how I did it!  You can also visit our blog for more sewing, craftiness and giveaways!



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!




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Comments (8)

msskitty writes: I can't wait make me some of these shirts.
Posted: 4:51 pm on January 7th
NanaMag writes: What a great idea! I can't wait to try it.
Posted: 5:43 pm on August 14th
DianaMBrown writes: I am absorbing every idea I can, I love the idea of going through my wardrobe and remodeling things, and it's a great excuse to support your local Thrift Stores.
Posted: 2:15 pm on July 21st
fanciflower writes: Thanks for the tutorial, it looks very simple and quick. I am thinking of mixing several diff shirts together,, I think it would be cute. I love the idea that natsunas posted about a Hawaiin shirt!
Posted: 9:27 am on June 25th
pmun writes: This is very creative. Cute.
Posted: 6:01 pm on June 18th
CommonThreads writes: thank you :)
it is a simple project but a great use for any oversized shirts!
Posted: 8:28 am on June 18th
lindaa161 writes: Way to go with recycling. Love the idea. The shirt is very cute.
Posted: 11:18 pm on June 17th
natsnasus writes: This is very cute!
A great project for a first timer, because you don't need to cut out a whole pattern and everything.
And it would even look really cute done from a Hawaiian shirt, don't you think?
Thanks for such a simple fun idea!
Posted: 7:23 pm on June 16th
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