Inspired by Geneva from a pair & a spare blog (which I highly recommend btw!) I found a perfect way to enrich your wardrobe before summer holidays – you simply take your man’s, dad’s or friend’s useless shirt, make small amendments and voila! girly dress is ready.
What you need for a DIY male shirt remake:
- long ruler
- washable pen
- elastic dragging tool (no idea what’s the name of the tool! You put the elastic’s end in the middle of it, move the trigger, and drag it through fabric’s narrow tunnel)
- scissors, needle and thread
- sewing machine
DIY male shirt remake
Draw a horizontal line right below the collar and cut the top part of the shirt off.
Wrap the elastic around your shoulders to find out the proper length. Now measure your elastic’s width and add extra 2 cm (one for sewing, one for some space in your tunnel) to the fold planned.
Fold the material inwards and pin it with your tailor’s pins. You cannot fold it on the entire length because of the sloping sleeves (folding area is not a perfect tube) which is why you should make two cuts on the inner side of the fold. They will serve as an enter for the elastic.
Sew the fold along leaving two side gaps open.
Pull the elastic into the slot and drag it through the tunnel with your dragging tool.
When your done with whole tunnel, ripple it and sew both elastic’s ends together.
At this point your off the shoulder dress is almost ready, I have also decided to shorten the sleeves. Simply draw a line, cut the lower parts of the sleeves, trim it with your serwing machine, and – optionally – add a button.
Styling off the shoulder dress
Off the shoulder dress made from your boyfriend’s shirt is light, loose, perfect for a summer beach day. All you need to finish your holiday look is stylish hat – here you can see it decorated with my handmade floral wreath.
The photos were taken in sunny Miami, Florida <- click for more photos & short journey report!
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