Tools and materials:
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
Looking chic has never been so cheap. This button-down shirt DIY proves that treasure is all a matter of perspective. Don’t get fed up when thrifting doesn’t lead you to diamonds in the rough. It’s time to make your own diamonds!
Unstitch the pocket from the plaid shirt to remove it.
Take some scissors and cut across the seam of the sleeves to remove them. Then cut across the top of the shirt to remove the collar and shoulders. Finally, remove the buttons by cutting down the length of the shirt (on each side of the buttons).
Measure your bust, waist, and hip. Take those measurements and mark them off on the shirt to get the right fit. Remember to add about an inch and a half for stitching and seams. Next, connect the measurements by stenciling them together.
Once you have stenciled your dress, take some scissors and cut out the correct shape.
Then, take the piece of material that comes free, place it over the other side, and use it as a guide to cut the other half of the shirt. What you are left with is the front and back of your body con dress (separated into three pieces).
Take the back of the dress - or the half that is separated in two pieces, and place your zipper between them. Measure out the length of your zipper and mark it off. Next, pin to secure before sewing your zipper in place. Remember to leave room for a hem on the top edge.
Right before we stitch the dress together, fold over the edges, and create a hem. Fold over twice and pin in place to secure. Next, sew the hem carefully, ensuring that both halves of the dress remain the same length.
Lay the two halves on top of each other and pin in place. Once secure, sew the two make one dress.
Take the excess fabric left over from cutting off the sleeves and shoulders. Measure out the length that matches your shoulders and cut out two straps. Fold the straps in half and stitch them together to create a tube. Then push a stick through the strap to turn inside out and hide the stitches. Don’t forget to connect those straps!
This is how you upcycle button-down shirt! The fact that this chic dress used to be a men’s top can be your best-kept secret. As I said, there is treasure everywhere, sometimes you just need to look a little harder to find it.
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