How to transform a men’s shirt to a cute summer dress

As a dressmaker I wondered what it is about men’s shirt that inspires such creativity in women?

 

Thats why I did a little research and I found a lot of amasing tutorials on how to refashion men’s shirts. I felt like to sew as well a dress like these and I tried out a summer off-the-shoulder version.

After that first try, I can say, it is quite simply and easy. You literally just cut the neck and shoulders off a men’s shirt and add elasticity to the top edge. Depending on how big your shirt is you can create dresses or tops. I was totally happy and freaked out because of the dress thats why I made some more, which I will give away one of them as soon as I have the time for it. 

But if you want to be creative by yourself and you just started with it, try out this easy and very cute men’s shirts dress. Success is guaranteed and you will be the focus at the next girls’ night. 

 

You need

  • A men’s shirt (second hand shop, daddy, boyfriend, uncle, grandpa…)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Chalk
  • Elastic (2cm wide)
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Safety Pin
  • Sewing machine and thread

 

 

1.)Draw a line across the front of the shirt from the shoulder and cut along the line so that you cut off the top of the shirt. 

 

How to transform a men’s shirts to a cute summer dress

 

 

2.)Draw a second line across the front of the shirt from the shoulder about 2-3 cm unter the cut line.

 

How to transform a men’s shirts to a cute summer dress

 

 

3.)Fold the top of your garment inwards to create the whole off-shoulder neckline and pin it in place.

 

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How to transform a men’s shirts to a cute summer dress

 

 

4.) Sew along the bottom of the folded section to create a fabric tunnel. Leave a gap about 5cm at the start and finish, that we will use to insert the elastic in later.

 

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5.) I decided to use an elastic stitch, because it cleans the cut line, too.

 

How to transform a men’s shirts to a cute summer dress

 

 

6.) Measure and cut how much elastic you will need to wrap around your shoulders and take the safety pin to help insert the elastic into the fabric tunnel you made earlier. 

 

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How to transform a men’s shirts to a cute summer dress

 

 

6.)Thread it all the way through until the elastic appears on the other side. Both ends of the elastic, at the beginning and the end, should be outside.

 

How to transform a men’s shirts to a cute summer dress

How to transform a men’s shirts to a cute summer dress

 

 

7.) Then sew the elastic together.

 

How to transform a men’s shirts to a cute summer dress

 

 

8.) Finally, you can cut or fold up your sleeves. I let them on, because it´s still cold at the evening… ;-)))

 

How to transform a men’s shirts to a cute summer dress

 

Now, you are done…!!!

 

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To wear the men’s shirts dress, all you have to do is slip it on and add some shoes and accessories, thats it!!!

I chose, sun glasses, across the shoulder bown colored suede bag and my beloved brown suede peep toe ankle boots.

 

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If you don’t dare or you don’t have time, no problem, soon I will give away one of my best off the shoulder dresses.

 

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Cheers Katy!

 

Pics and Styling by Look2:ocean and Stylconsulting Gran Canaria

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