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create an easy peasant top from a man's shirt
ridiculously simple and pretty awesome!

Posted by Maribug from Port of Spain, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago • Published See Maribug's 35 projects »

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  • How to make a blouse. Peasant Top From Men's Button Up Shirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    So try on the shirt. measure around where you want the neckline (shoulder line?) to be. Since it's off the shoulder i measured 8" from my shoulder and cut straight across. Pin where you're goin to cut first, to avoid the two pieces separating and becoming uneven.

    next, put back on the shirt and measure how long you want your puffed sleeves to be. again, i measured 8". this included seam allowances, and allowance for the ruffle.

  • How to make a blouse. Peasant Top From Men's Button Up Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now your shirt should look something like this. the green lines i drew on the picture show where the elastic will be. first, hem the neckline and sleeves. dont forget to include the top part with the button so that it wont be able to reopen.
    Now you measure your elastic. the piece for the neckline will be the length of ONE of the sides of the shirt, ie, the front OR back(they're the same length, duh. do the same for the sleeves (elastic as long as one side of the sleeve so that its half of the entire width to go around your arm.do that same for the waist.

  • Step 3

    now with the elastic about an inch away from the hem, use a zig zag stitch to attach it to your neckline and the edges of your sleeves.stretch the elastic as far as it will go as you stitch, as this will cause it to bunch up and create that awesome ruffly effect. the great thing is that the elastic will stretch to twice its size, so don't worry about your elastic being too short
    after you do this for the neckline and sleeves, stitch the elastic onto the drop waist of the shirt, which wil be underneath the last button. the drop waist will allow you to create the bloused over effect.

  • How to make a blouse. Peasant Top From Men's Button Up Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    now you're more or less done! if you're like me and you don't like the edge of the shirt, just fold it under, pin, and iron it. then fold it and create a hem, so that it can appear straight instead of the curve that is typical with men's shirts.




John W.
John W.
very niceHappy
matthew t.
matthew t. · Adelaide, South Australia, AU
creative Happy
Ingrid M.
Ingrid M. · Maracaibo, Zulia, VE
Zara M.
Zara M. · Sydney, New South Wales, AU
this is a must try
Jamie H.
Jamie H. · Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US · 1 project
I made one and love it !
Bronnie G.
Bronnie G. · Belper, England, GB
this is such a great idea!<3
aurelas · 3 projects
Now I know what to do with that great plaid mens' shirt I've been saving!
Anya N.
Anya N.
Would this work for and type of shirt? By the way, this is super cute. I've been looking everywhere for one of these. Now I can make it myself!
WorrisomeMe · Merrillville, Indiana, US
This is really cute, but isn't the elastic too tight stretching half a shirt's worth around an entire shirt? Maybe it's just my inexperience with a sewing machine, and elastic in particular. Also, do you sew along the middle of the elastic or the edges?
W A T E R M E L O N ?
W A T E R M E L O N ? · Sacramento, California, US
This Is BEAUTIFUL!! love your hair
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