Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sew Sunday: Men's Shirt to Women's Skirt

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So earlier this year I thrifted this buttondown for the DH. It is a Born brand heavy bamboo/cotton denim in a desaturated brown. I adored every bit of it. It even had elbow patches! He hasn't worn it since I bought it, and since he lost his job, doesn't wear any of his collared shirts. Lately it's been a trend around the blog-o-sphere to tie a men's shirt into a skirt/sleeveless top, but I couldn't get it to work with any of the shirts around the house. All the sleeves were too short or the buttons didn't button at the right spot. So I did the next best thing by liberating this thrifted (for 99p) shirt from D's closet and turned it into a skirt.

I'd love to give you a tutorial of my own making, but I used this one here with a modification. I gathered my skirt a little differently. I used the brown buttons to add more coverage, like she did. And I added the shirt pockets back onto the skirt. It's a little haphazard, not a clean as I would like, but hey it's a wearable brown skirt. This project took me about two hours or so of trial and error. I promise it will show up in outfit photos soon, but as I type this post the skirt needs washing to get rid of the stitch holes of the pockets and my mistakes where I had to rip things out. Also keep an eye out for what I did with the rest of the shirt!

Also let me say, this was a labor of love. Love of this fabric. Love of wanting a new skirt. I doubt I will do this again because oh my god sewing makes my back hurt, but I finished it and I can't wait to wear it.


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13 comments:

  1. Cant's wait to see how youmake use of it!

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  2. Wow, what an amazing job you did on that shirt Megan! Color me uber impressed with your sewing skills. And of course since it was made for you by you, you look great in it too :)

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  3. Cute! I have a black-and-white check shirt that I have been wanting to do the same thing to.

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  4. Excellent job! That is to cool. I am going to have to try this technique out. I have a checkered shirt that was my hubby's that he doesn't wear. I think it will make an adorable skirt:) Thanks for the terrific DIY project idea.

    Julie

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  5. That`s so cool! XO Arezu

    http://arezuswonderland.blogspot.com/

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  6. This looks awesome! I have been wanting to brave one of these for awhile now. Maybe I can make some this winter for my spring/summer clothes next year. Great job on yours!

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  7. WOW! You did great! This is super cool and I give you tons of credit for sticking with it. My sewing skills pretty much suck, so you did better than I ever would have :)

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  8. Kudos! Take pride in your creation. I admire your talent.

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  9. Wow, what an amazing transformation! You did an awesome job!

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  10. You are so talented, Megan! Great job on this!

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  11. WOW! That looks so fabulous! I can't believe that was a shirt!

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  12. I found a really cool men's gift site called www.thegiftsformen.com

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