DIY: Men’s Buttoned Up into Stylish Everyday Dress

DIY: Men’s Buttoned Up into Stylish Everyday Dress

I don’t know about you, but I love men’s buttoned up dress shirts.  However, they don’t translate into “stylish” wear for women.  On my quest to find something similar without the fuss, my daughter found a website called Closet Tree that up-cycles clothes, making them stylish along the way.  We were floored that a simple DIY solution was starring us in the face!  How did we not think of taking a man’s dress shirt and making it our own!?!

Because we weren’t willing to fork out the non-up-cycle price of the website, we ventured out to DIY one of our own.  We took a trip to the local vintage shop and found a pristine, cheap, buttoned up shirt for less than $4.00.  Brought it home and chopped it up.  After all, we didn’t want to take a brand new $30 shirt and make an up-cycled dress, especially if this was our trail & error experiment!

Here’s our shirt before DIYing:

Here’s what we lopped off:

DIY Cut Pattern

First, we chopped off across the top of the shirt, placed elastic across the front and back of the shirt, folded it over and sewed it up.  For the shoulders, I didn’t place elastic in them because I wanted it to be versatile.  We wanted the dress to go over or across the shoulders without looking scrunched up.

Next, the cuffs had to go.  I cut them off, but saved them to be used after I shorted the sleeves.  Once I shorted the sleeves, I cut along the inside of the dress, slimming it down to fit my daughter and giving it a more feminine shape.

Last, I reattached the cuffs to the sleeves to give it a finished buttoned up shirt look. Violá!

Finished up-cycled dress:

What do you think? Love it or leave it!?!

-Sandra

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