Sep 12, 2012

Repurposed Button Down

My idea to make this shirt came from a cute top I spotted at a little boutique near campus. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but I believe it cost around $50. I guess that isn't too expensive if you're, you know, the type of person that spends $50 on a shirt. But I'm me. I don't like to spend money at all. So I thought, "I can make that!" And I actually followed through on it. Check it out:




It was super-easy (it has to be if I made it!). Here's how I did it:

Step 1: Find an old button-down at a thrift store. This might actually be the hardest part. I wanted a shirt that wasn't too big... I didn't want to have to change the way the seams fell or take it in. I think this is actually a little boys shirt, but I found it in the men's section for $2.



Step 2: Sew on the lace. I just pinned it down and sewed it on. Since my "lace" is actually more of an applique, I didn't have to worry about fraying. I just pinned it down and sewed it over the button-holes. Just sew it on as close the edge of the shirt as possible so that the holes are still easily accessible.


Step 3: Cut off your sleeves. Leave the seam in-tact so that you won't have to hem the sleeves.



 
Step 4: Try it on right after you get out the shower while you are still wearing your towel-turban and decide that you look a little too much like Larry the Cable Guy. Okay, so it's not that bad, but I decided to take in a little more of the sleeves so that it would look more feminine. If you like the way it looks, skip ahead to step 8.



Step 5: Cut off a half inch or so of the sleeves (more or less depending on how you want it to fit). 




 Step 6: Create about a 1/6 inch seam and iron it down. 



  Step 7: Sew that seam.


Step 8: Put on your hot new shirt and take some fake-modely pictures.

What do you think? I'm pretty excited about since it was so cheap and so easy. In fact, I'm thinking there might be more thrift store re-purposing in my future...

11 comments:

  1. Ok. I might need to take a plunge and get a sewing machine, but I'm always intimidated by those things. Did you teach yourself how to sew?

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    1. You should definitely get one! I got one as a gift a few years ago, but I've started actually using it more recently.

      I did have to have someone teach me HOW to use the machine - that part was way too difficult to figure out myself. After that though, it's pretty easy. I'm not going to be making pants or dressing anytime soon, but I've made lots of easy things like pillows and curtains!

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  2. I LOVE it!! Oh, Ashley, you're ridiculous. Can you please teach me your skillz? I'll put a frozen pie from the freezer section into my oven and we can eat it and sew. Or you can make the pie. And teach me how to sew. That doesn't seem fair though ... Oo, I can write you a song! Even trade? haha

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    1. Hahahaha, yes! Anything musical we can make an even trade. However, I do already have some of your music on my computer so I can just count that as payment :)

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  3. Love, love and love!! I don't have a sewing machine, so can you send another one my way??? High five!!! Way to make it and not break it...the bank that is! ;)

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  4. Oh this turned our great! Props to you! Thanks for stopping by dear!

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  5. I love it!! Super cute!! I love how you added the lace down the front; so pretty. Great job! I need to get more brave about DIYing clothes.

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  6. Looks very cute! Your Larry the Cable Guy comment made LOL. :)

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  7. What a GREAT idea! SO SO CUTE! I am raiding my husbands closet tonight. Sorry honey.

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  8. Oh heyy.. that detailing was a DIY! I am DEFINITELY doing this one, I love it so much! :)

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