Craft, stitchin' and sustainable living

Friday, January 14, 2011

Men's shirt refashioned

I had this men's business shirt, practically new, from when my boyfriend's friend cleaned out his wardrobe last year. It had been on my to-refashion pile for months and months.

As you can see, it was massive on me. However I didn't have the length to make it into a shirt-dress, so I decided to make it into a women's work shirt.

I very soon found out that this was not going to be as easy as just taking the shirt in. I learnt some important lessons in stitchin' here - especially that men's shirts have more room in the back, and that women's shirts have more room in the front. So, a whole lot of shaping ensued.

I took the sleeves off, and hacked a whole heap of length off them.

I put darts in front...

then in the shoulders...

and eventually all over the place. Finally, after much pinning and many sleeve re-attachments, I got it to fit!

It even looks good with a belt!

The cuffs were built for cufflinks, but instead I sewed on some buttons and joined them with elastic.

Nice, huh? It'll definitely be getting some wear now.


  1. Love your blog and I am now folowing ;)
    Love what you did with the shirt ;) Very nice
    And congratulations on winning Fritzi's giveaway!

    Have a great weekend ;)

    Kary xo

  2. Dearie,
    I love this. You should share it with Project Restyle on flickr.

    love love,
    Fritzi Marie

    p.s. Can you email me at so we can chat about your lipstick.