Thrift an Oversized Button Down and Make THIS

Kelsey Reese
by Kelsey Reese
3 Materials
20 Minutes

I thrifted this really cute button-down shirt with butterflies on it. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I had an idea of how I could transform it to fit my wardrobe and my style a little better.

Shirt to upcycle

Follow along to see how I upcycle the shirt!

Tools and materials:

  • Shirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (with a serger)
Cropping shirt

1. Crop the shirt

Start off by cropping the shirt. Make sure you get a nice, straight cut.

Removing sleeves

2. Remove the sleeves

Now find where the sleeve meets the shoulder and cut on the outside of the sleeve all the way down in a straight line. 

Hemming raw edges

3. Hem raw edges

Next, serge and hem all of the raw edges.

Cutting the hem

4. Cut the hem

Cut as close as you can get to the folded hem at the bottom.


5. Sew the ties

Cut the hemmed material so that you have four ties, and sew them to each corner of the shirt.

DIY cropped blouse

DIY cropped blouse

Here is the finished cropped blouse tied up at the bottom.

As you can see, the sides are open, so you can just layer a little bralette underneath, and it looks super cute.

This is a perfect shirt for the summer. The open sides will let you catch some breeze so you won’t overheat. I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created it!

Next up, check out my post on  How to Style a Skirt as a Dress.

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Suggested materials:
  • Shirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (with a serger)

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