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Peasants, Ladies or Pirates. Whatever tickles your fancy.
This tutorial is specified towards women as I am a girl but you might be able to follow the basic steps for men.

I don't know how big or small you'll want your button up shirt to be. As you can see in the picture the shirt is enormous on me (that being why I grabbed it from the thrift store). Take in mind, however, that I did bring in the sides a bit because it was just a little too large.

The pictures may not line up exactly with the steps because I've moved the steps from my original plan as my original plan wasn't working.

I highly suggest you read and understand all the steps before working on your shirt.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions.

Posted by Egleriel Adonnenniel from Olean, New York, United States • Published See Egleriel Adonnenniel's 9 projects »
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  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Remove the pocket if your shirt has one.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Sew the button part closed. (See the picture for a better idea of what I mean.)

    I'm using a zipper foot in the picture.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    This part can be a bit tricky as it's not precise.

    Cut the neck open (keeping in mind where the shirt lays on you and where you want the neckline to be when you're finished).

    I suggest cutting the opening smaller than you want it, try it on, and continue until you get it just about right.

    Also you're going to want to cut it bigger than where you want it to lay in the end. We're going to put elastic here and that will also draw it in and up.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold over the neck opening twice; creating a casing for the elastic.

    Sew this.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Measure yourself where you would like your shirt to lay.

    Cut a piece of elastic this length.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pin the elastic to the shirt and put a safety pin on the other side.

    Feed the elastic through the shirt.

    I suggest pining the elastic to the shirt once it is feed through entirely and then try on the shirt. Just to ensure the elastic is tight enough.

    Sew the two ends of the elastic together and sew the casing close.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    After cutting the opening to where you want put on you shirt again.

    On both sides place a pin at your armpit, your bust and your hips.

    Remove shirt.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Lay your shirt flat and decide if your bust or hips are wider.

    Remove the pin of the less wider one.

    Figure out how much extra moving room you want. I went for 2 1/2" (on each side)

    Mark that and the armpit with chalk, tailor's pencils or whatever you like.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Draw a line that goes from the armpit to the hips.
    Don't draw a straight line down from the armpit. The point is to connect the widest part to the armpit. So it will end up more diagonal than straight.
    Does that make sense?

    Sew this line. DO NOT CUT OFF THE EXCESS FABRIC.

    Try on the shirt. For me it was too small in the bust and too high in the armpits. Adjust as necessary.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut off the sleeves (and the excess fabric if you please).

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    Remove the cuff and other fixings from the sleeve.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    You'll probably have this gap in the sleeve. Sew it closed.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 13
    Step 13

    Remove extra, unnecessary pieces of fabric from the top of the sleeve.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 14
    Step 14

    Use a running stitch on the top of the sleeve and gather it.

    Pin the sleeve to the shirt and sew it.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 15
    Step 15

    I don't have a picture of this step so just enjoy this picture of my cat no longer wishing me to sew this shirt.

    Decide where you want the sleeves to come. I wanted mine to come just above the elbow.

    Leave extra fabric to make a casing for elastic.

    Prepare the same as the neck in steps 4 - 6

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 16
    Step 16

    If you would like, cut the length of your shirt shorter and hem.

  • How to make a costume. Turn An Oversize Button Up Shirt Into A Poet Style Shirt - Step 17
    Step 17

    Optional Step:

    Dye your shirt in a tea bath. This will give it a more aged/worn look.

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Sarania
Sarania · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 15 projects
This is really clever! Another great way to upcycle button up shirts Happy
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Egleriel Adonnenniel
Egleriel Adonnenniel · Olean, New York, US · 9 projects
Thanks guys. Happy
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live2create
live2create · Ottawa, Ontario, CA · 13 projects
great job!
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Emily C.
Emily C. · Fort Worth, Texas, US · 4 projects
ooh! the tea bath is a great idea! Happy
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
I love it...this is so cute!!!
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Egleriel Adonnenniel
Egleriel Adonnenniel · Olean, New York, US · 9 projects
Thanks you two. Happy
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The Mad Hattress
The Mad Hattress · 5 projects
soo awesome!! really want to maklke my own now. :3
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Raven W.
Raven W. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 70 projects
That looks fantastic Happy and the full outfit is stunning. Well done!
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Egleriel Adonnenniel
Egleriel Adonnenniel · Olean, New York, US · 9 projects
Thank you very much. Happy
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Marieke
Marieke · Espel, Flevoland, NL · 166 projects
Wow, love what you did with that shirt! It really looks great on you.
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