If you know anyone male, you've seen their amazing button down shirts. I find them all the time at thrift stores and yard sales but I'm never really sure what to do with them. Men's shirts are always made out of comfy materials and usually have fantastic stripes.
I found this shirt in the quarter bin at the Durham Rescue Mission. It was in really great shape but I guess no one wanted it because it had a logo sewn into it.
It was a size large and so long that it went to my shorts.
One thing to note about men's shirts, the buttons do not go all the way to the bottom of the shirt. Due to this, I decided to cut the shirt higher than I normally would. For this, I had to seam rip off the pocket.
Molly is not the best helper ever...
I cut the sleeves and the top part off of the shirt. I wanted to make sure to cut the logo off but to get as many buttons as possible.
I wanted the shirt to have a v-neck. I found one of my shirts and traced it.
After cutting the neckline, I cut the "shoulder" area as well so it would make more of a triangle.
Then, I folded over the front and cut the back straight across so the armpit area would match up.
Next, I took in the sides and cut off the excess.
I ended up going back twice and taking in the top area. Men's shirts are shaped like squares so when I followed the pattern, I ended up with a square shirt that was falling down. Another way to take care of this is to add a pleat in the back of the shirt.
With the side scrapes, I cut two long rectangles. These will become the straps.
I folded both sides over and sewed down the middle. ***Since this is a pretty stiff fabric, I folded it over and sewed as I went instead of pinning it all the way down. It's a time saver.
I then pinned the straps onto the shirt. ***Lining up the straps in the back can be a challenge. I suggest laying down a tank top or trying it on and pinning where you want them.
The detach-able bow:
Cut your excess fabric into a rectangle. I sewed down the edges of mine. Then cut out a piece of felt the size you want the bow to be.
I used hot glue to glue the sides over.
Then with a smaller piece, wrap it around the middle to keep it in place.
I love using safety pins because then you place the bow where ever you would like.
Since this shirt can be worn two ways, I have it pictured two ways. First, without the bow :)
The back of the shirt :)
My fantastic fabulous friend Leah gave me a bunch of clothes to refashion for my blog. the cardigan is one of hers. I looked at it and said "No way! I'm wearing this one as is!" And I love it!
Speaking of bows, here is my shameless plug for my artwork which can be purchased here :)
Refashioned with the bow :)
Happy Sewing :)
Hi! I'm Katie. I am a fun loving, adventurous DIY-er, designer and artist. You can find my artwork here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/3000yardsofthread