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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

All dressed up in a man's shirt!

I have been working on a project....
not furniture, 
not napkin rings, 
not art!  
I have been recycling men's dress shirts into 
lady size pillowcase tops!

Why should little girls be the only ones to have cute clothes?

I love loose roomy cotton tops and this one feels great on!  Great for wearing around the house or working in the yard.  I think I am going back to Good Will tonight and find a few more shirts and ties.

This was upcycled shirt number 2.
My daughter did the sewing for this one!

(I am not a seamstress, but I figured this out on my own after seeing a picture on Pinterest.  
I am sure any one with basic sewing skills can figure it out and have one done in an hour!)

Just the basic steps:

1. Mens dress shirt in a size larger than you would wear.
2. Remove sleeves and collar.
3. Cut across the top of fabric, just beneath the back placket line to square it off.
4. Use single fold bias tape to sew to and finish off the arm holes.
5. Turn down tops of the front and back. Then stitch to make a casing.
6. Thread a mens necktie through both casings and tie up on one shoulder. Or you could try the simple belt buckle option like in shirt #2.

This was a really fun sewing project!


  1. Omg, that is super cute! Love your cute haircut too. I'm going to have to try this one myself. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. I have a ton of my husband/sons shirts that I could do this to.
    Cute and so comfy- I must try this! New follower- love all your ideas!

  3. Great idea, they look nice and very comfortable.

  4. Oh my goodness. I love these. I think you are a seamstress!
    Let's Add Sprinkles