Do you gravitate towards amazing men’s drerss shirts when you thrift? Or do you have a whole bunch of ill-fitting ones sitting in your favourite guy’s donate pile? Somehow I’ve ended up with a few more button-ups than I really need, so I decided to tackle another reconstruction to show you how versatile these babies are!
The collar and placket of a button-up are always a classic style and if you keep that portion of it in tact, you can keep a “put-together” look even if you’re wearing a totally deconstructed shirt. Today I’m going to show you how to make a large men’s shirt into a really cute summer dress with the back cut-out. So follow along and let me know if you have any questions!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- an oversized mens button-up shirt
- a shirt that fits you well
- measuring tape
- sewing machine (not shown)
[ OVERLAY ] – Straighten out the oversized shirt and overlay your fitted shirt, aligning the collars. Make sure the fitted shirt is also straightened out with the side seams sitting flat. I positioned the smaller shirt and also folded it up where I had pinned it in the previous step!
[ CUT SHIRT ] – You can pin the shirt or use chalk to mark where your smaller shirt sits. Basically, you’ll need to cut about a quarter inch seam allowance around the side seams and sleeves of your shirt. I also cut straight across at my new “waist” of the dress BUT I made sure NOT to cut through the front of the shirt, because I want to keep that part attached.
[ HEM EDGES ] – Use either a rolled hem or whatever your favourite technique is for finishing edges. Hem the sleeves and the bottom hem of the top of the shirt.
[ SEW SIDES ] – Sew your side seams face to face so that the top portion of your dress is complete!
[ MEASURE ELASTIC ] – Measure a piece of elastic so that it’s about the length of the back portion of the dress (about half of your waist measurement)
[ SEW ELASTIC ] – Attach your elastic to the top portion of the skirt. My favourite method is pinning the elastic at a few different points and then serging it to the top, with the elastic stretched out. Then, I roll the fabric inwards and sew along the elastic, with the elastic stretched out again. If you don’t like the cut-out look or prefer not to have so much volume on your bottom, attach the skirt to the back portion with a straight stitch!
[ IRON ] – Finally, iron the entire dress. This will really be the point of transformation! :)
I didn’t show it in this tutorial, but I ended up adding belt loops afterwards. I just wanted to make sure the dress could hold up my skinny belts without me having to puff out my ribs uncomfortably to hold it in place ;) Let us know if you try out your own mens shirt to dress reconstruction!
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by Sylvia of lipglossandblack
Images by Syl and Sam