Easy Men's Shirt Refashion: How to DIY an Embroidered Floral Top

14 Materials
4 Hours

This is a men's shirt refashion I REALLY enjoyed doing!

In fact, I made it twice. I love how striking the shirt with tassels is and how the embroidery really stands out.

I already had the tassels in my stash, but you will be able to find them in soft furnishing stores or on Amazon.

Tools and materials:

  • Men's shirt - oversized
  • 1/4 " elastic
  • 1/2" ribbon
  • 2 tassels
  • Iron-on embroidered patches
  • White pressing fabric
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Tweezers
  • Seam ripper
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety pin
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
Deconstructing the shirt

1. Deconstruct the shirt

Use a seam ripper to remove the pocket.

Cut off the collar and the button plackets, cutting as close to the plackets as possible.

Center front seam

2. Center front seam

Turn the shirt inside out and fold it in half lengthways, with the raw front edges together.

Mark the front edge with a pin, 7 - 8 inches from the neck edge.

Pin and sew the rest of the center front seam, a half inch from the raw edge.

Shaping the neckline

3. Shape the neckline

Lower the neckline by cutting off about 1 inch from the center front on one side, and tapering it off at the shoulders. 

Use the piece you cut off as a template for the other side.

Shaping the neckline

Fold under the sides of the opening to form a V and pin and iron them in place. 

Finishing the lower hem

4. Finish the lower hem

Turn up the bottom hem and press it. 

Trim off the excess, leaving a half inch all around for the hem. 

Turn under a narrow double hem and finish with a straight stitch.

Finishing the neckline

5. Finish the neckline

Cut away the excess from the V neck, leaving a half inch allowance.

Snip into the seam allowance of the center front seam just below the V.

Turn the V neck allowance under twice, and sew.

Measure around the neck edge, from the top of the V.

Finishing the neckline

Cut a 2 inch strip of fabric from the hem remnant, the length of the neck edge plus a 2 inch allowance.

With the right sides together, pin the fabric strip around the edge of the neck, leaving an inch of the strip unpinned at each side.

Sew, taking a half inch seam allowance.

Clip into the seam allowance, so the neck will lay flat.

Finishing the neckline

Fold the short ends of the strip inwards, then fold the long edge over twice and pin it to the neck edge. Top stitch on the right side.

Finishing the neckline

Use the tweezers to insert the knotted end of the tassel cord into the open end of the neck binding.

Check that both tassels are the same length before securing the cords with a straight stitch.

6. Blanket stitch the neck edge

Thread your needle with the embroidery thread and knot the long end. 

Bring the needle through at the center of the V from the inside, so the knot is hidden.

Sew blanket stitch evenly around the V neck edge, using the depth of the hem as a guide. 

See the video at 6:11 - 7:44 for exactly how I made the blanket stitch edging.

Finish by inserting the needle to the wrong side at the bottom of the V. Cut the thread and knot it on the inside.

Elasticating the sleeves

7. Elasticate the sleeves

Cut off the cuffs. Leaving the plackets open, turn in and sew a narrow double hem along the bottom edge of each sleeve.

Turn the shirt inside out. 

Elasticating the sleeves

Fold one end of the ribbon under and pin it to the sleeve above the placket.

Continue pinning the ribbon around the sleeve and sew in place along both edges.

Elasticating the sleeves

Use a safety pin to feed the elastic through the ribbon casing. Overlap the ends of the elastic and secure them with a zigzag stitch.

Ironing on embroidery patches

8. Iron on the embroidery patches

Turn the shirt right side out and lay the sleeves on a flat surface.

Position the embroidery patches on to the sleeves, ensuring that they're centered and that both sleeves match.

Ironing on embroidery patches

Lay a piece of cloth over the patch to protect it. Use your iron on the highest setting your fabric can take, and without steam.

Press carefully in sections for 15 seconds at a time.

Once the patch has cooled down, you can secure it further with a few tacking stitches.

Men’s shirt refashion

Men’s shirt refashion

Men’s shirt refashion

I think this is my favorite of all the men's shirt refashions I've done.

I can't decide which version of this embroidered floral top I love the most - the red or the black. What do you think? Drop me a comment below.

Next, check out my post on How to DIY a Super Cute Crop Top and Skirt Set From an Old Curtain.

Suggested materials:
  • Men's shirt - oversized
  • 1/4 " elastic
  • 1/2" ribbon
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