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 what we lopped off:
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!?!