I see shirtdresses everywhere right now – and I have a couple of shirts that my husband doesn’t wear that I’ve wanted to make into something. It seems that one shirt isn’t long enough to make into a dress – so I decided to use both together. Here is the sewing tutorial to upcycle men’s shirts into a dress.
- 2 men’s button-up shirts
- Sewing Machine
- Remove pockets from both shirts with a seamripper.
2. measure yourself – from the top of your shoulder to your waist. Add 1/2″ to that measurement and measure and mark where that measurement is on the TOP shirt (whatever shirt you will be using for the top part of the dress) on both sides. Mine is 19.5″ as you will see in the photo.
3. fold the TOP shirt in half lengthwise and cut the shirt across where you placed the pins – angling a little bit up on the side.
4. Lay the TOP shirt onto the BOTTOM shirt. Place the bottom button of the TOP shirt over a button closest and below the armpit of the BOTTOM shirt. Cut across where the TOP shirt line is.
5. Measure your waist and measure the cut bottom of the TOP shirt. Take your waist measurement and add 4″ – this is what you want the shirt waist to measure. For mine – I needed to bring the TOP shirt in 8″ to make it the right measurement. I took 2″ off each side of the shirt and then did two 1″ darts on the front and two 1″ darts on the back. If you only need to take off 4″ – then just do the 4 darts. If you have more than that, take some off the sides of the shirt.
To take inches off the sides: pin where you need to take in on each side – and sew from that point out to match up with the existing seam at the armpit.
To make the darts: on the bottom of the shirt (where it is cut off), find and mark the points 4″ on either side of the center (use the button as the center). Fold to create 1″ darts – and pin. Measure 8″ up from those points and mark additional points on either side (this will be for the top of the darts). Sew from the bottom (1″ in) out to the top point. Repeat this on the back of the shirt if needed.
5. Gather the cut edge of the BOTTOM shirt to sew to TOP shirt: Take a piece of thin (1/4″ works) elastic and match it to the bottom of the TOP shirt to have the same measurement. Cut it – and then fold it in half and mark the half point with a pin. Pin the elastic to the top of the BOTTOM shirt with the open ends of the elastic matching up to the open ends of the shirt (where the front buttons are). Find the center back of the top of the BOTTOM shirt and pin the half-point of the elastic to that point of the shirt. Starting from the open end, sew the elastic to the top of the BOTTOM shirt, stretching as you go.
6. Sew the TOP shirt to the BOTTOM shirt. Place the the two pieces right-sides-together on the cut edges, matching up the side seams. Sew the 2 pieces together.
7. Iron your dress at the seams, add a belt if you’d like – and you now have a stylish upcycled shirtdress!