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Stealing dad's old clothes to make new for myself ;)
Refashioning men’s button-ups is nothing new, but I love following other blogs and seeing what creative spins they put on it. Now, time for my attempt.

Posted by Kammy from U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, United States • Published See Kammy's 8 projects »
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  • Step 1

    I chopped off the bottom of the shirt, from waist down, and put that aside.

  • Step 2

    Using a seam ripper, I removed the front pockets and sleeves.

  • Step 3

    Basing if off the shape on an existing fitted tank top, I resized the top half of the shirt.

  • Step 4

    I gathered the bottom strip of fabric, aligned it with the side seams and buttons, and joined it with the top half of the shirt.

  • Step 5

    When I realized the top fit well except for under the armpits, I looked up a tutorial for creating darts in a tank top. I did not execute it well, so I needed to create something to hide those darts!

  • Step 6

    I quickly whipped up two bows and applied them over the darts.

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Katzilla
Katzilla · 14 projects
i would assume for the bows she sewed a tube of fabric, ironed it flat (into a rectangle) and either stitched through the middle and pulled taut, or used a strip of fabric and sewed it so it was a bow shape.
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Amabel R.
Amabel R. · Gilbert, Arizona, US · 11 projects
oh and how did you make the bows? I can't get them perfect like that...
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Amabel R.
Amabel R. · Gilbert, Arizona, US · 11 projects
I made this and the bottom part is too big. How do you suggest I fix it? Sew the sides, add elastic or redo the whole thing? When it's done i'll post a version Happy
Kammy
Kammy · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 9 projects
Ooh, thanks for trying this! Happy If the bottom part below the waist is too big, I'd use a seamripper and take that part off. Take in the sides on top then re-align the bottom part with the new smaller waist. You should not need elastic if you are using a button down. Elastic, though I haven't tried, I imagine would make the top and bottom parts poof out a little.

As for the bow, I took two rectangular pieces, sewed the long sides together right sides facing each other. Then I flipped it inside out. Folded in the raw edges of the short side and sewed them down to close that side of the rectangle. Do the same for the other short side. Pinch the rectangle in the middle with your fingers so you can see the bow form and a line down where your fingers were holding it. You should have your boot leg bow. Then I laid that over the shirt and sewed down each short side of the bow, tracing the lines where you originally sewed the short sides of the bow closed. You can also stitch down the middle to be safe if you want.

Hope that helps! Let me know if I can explain any specific part better.
Kammy
Kammy · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 9 projects
Ooh, thanks for trying this! Happy If the bottom part below the waist is too big, I'd use a seamripper and take that part off. Take in the sides on top then re-align the bottom part with the new smaller waist. You should not need elastic if you are using a button down. Elastic, though I haven't tried, I imagine would make the top and bottom parts poof out a little.

As for the bow, I took two rectangular pieces, sewed the long sides together right sides facing each other. Then I flipped it inside out. Folded in the raw edges of the short side and sewed them down to close that side of the rectangle. Do the same for the other short side. Pinch the rectangle in the middle with your fingers so you can see the bow form and a line down where your fingers were holding it. You should have your boot leg bow. Then I laid that over the shirt and sewed down each short side of the bow, tracing the lines where you originally sewed the short sides of the bow closed. You can also stitch down the middle to be safe if you want.

Hope that helps! Let me know if I can explain any specific part better.
Kammy
Kammy · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 9 projects
Ooh, thanks for trying this! Happy If the bottom part below the waist is too big, I'd use a seamripper and take that part off. Take in the sides on top then re-align the bottom part with the new smaller waist. You should not need elastic if you are using a button down. Elastic, though I haven't tried, I imagine would make the top and bottom parts poof out a little.

As for the bow, I took two rectangular pieces, sewed the long sides together right sides facing each other. Then I flipped it inside out. Folded in the raw edges of the short side and sewed them down to close that side of the rectangle. Do the same for the other short side. Pinch the rectangle in the middle with your fingers so you can see the bow form and a line down where your fingers were holding it. You should have your boot leg bow. Then I laid that over the shirt and sewed down each short side of the bow, tracing the lines where you originally sewed the short sides of the bow closed. You can also stitch down the middle to be safe if you want.

Hope that helps! Let me know if I can explain any specific part better.
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Amabel R.
Amabel R. · Gilbert, Arizona, US · 11 projects
Why didn't you keep the pockets on?
Kammy
Kammy · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 9 projects
I thought they were too big and would get cut off when resizing my shirt but that didn't happen lol. I didn't expect that pocket discoloration to be there either!
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IrisMakesStuff
IrisMakesStuff · 1 project
that's adorable Happy
Kammy
Kammy · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 9 projects
Thanks! Must be the bows Happy
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Jolanda
Jolanda · Nederland, Colorado, US · 54 projects
Cute!
Kammy
Kammy · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 9 projects
Thanks!!
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