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Husband’s Shirt Refashion

So finally I have a tutorial for you!  You know how I love to create skirts & clothes from old items? Well, my husband had a pile of shirts he was giving away and I knew I had hit the jackpot.  This shirt was a 4XL and I knew it would be perfect for a dress.

Husband’s Shirt Refashion

Not sure the picture to the left really shows you how big it was. It was big! This project was actually pretty simple, and as usual, I messed up and ended up having to fix it. But it worked in the end!

  • Lay the shirt flat like shown above.
  • Measure your bust, waist, hips, and butt, minus 1 inch from the bust, 2 inches from the waist,  3 inches from the hips & 4 inches from the butt.
  • Divide these measurements by four (because you’ll be folding the shirt in half).
  • Fold the shirt in half and mark it using measurement calculated above.
  • Cut out the sides of the shirt on your markings.
  • Cut out a piece of coordinating material like a long triangle starting with 1 inch (plus seam allowance) and gradually expanding to 2 inches at the waist, 3 inches at the hips, and 4 inches at the butt.
  • Place right sides together and sew, one side at a time.
  • Flip inside out and you’re done!
  • I added a thin (1 inch) strip of black to under the arm as well, but you could just cut this the right size and sew it up. You don’t really see it.
Here is a closeup:

So for literally next to nothing (I just bought the black material), I have a new dress!  I wore it to church a few weekends back and really like it. I love it when my projects turn out like I wanted or even better! Which isn’t always the case…

Well, what do you think?  Is this a project you would try to tackle?

Happy Friday!


57 Responses to Husband’s Shirt Refashion

  1. Rebecca October 19, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Oh wow, this is amazing and looks so good!!!  I can’t wait to try!

    • Natalia October 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      I hope you do! 🙂

  2. Gina @ Oaxacaborn October 19, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    You, my friend, are CRAZY TALENTED!!! That dress looks uber expensive and is so, so flattering!

    • Natalia October 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      Thanks girl! It really wasn’t too hard!

  3. Niken October 19, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    you look gorgeous!
    and the dress is pretty 

  4. Leigh Anne October 19, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Great job! I am cracking up at the fact that you could chop up your hubby shirt and still make a dress out of it. He must be one tall guy! I know he is a BBall player so I can only imagine 🙂 Great job and I think I could def tackle this. Like how you added the extra material on the sides. Adds some visual interest and is slimming too….not that you even need it 🙂

    • Natalia October 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      Yes, I thought the same thing about the fabric on the side, I need it like the rest of us! And yes, my mom gets a kick out of how I sew too, a little crazy, but mostly it works out. And ya, my husband is 6’7″ so I had some room to spare! 🙂

  5. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims October 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    This looks so cute! Unfortunately my husband is only like an inch taller than me, so if i made a dress out of his shirt my lady parts would totally be all up in everybody’s business…

    lol 🙂 yours looks great though!!!

    • Natalia October 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      You crack me up! I literally started laughing out loud! But I made a shirt out of one of his shirts too, so there are options!

  6. Amanda October 20, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Yes!!! I totally want to try this! You did great; you look awesome! 

    • Natalia October 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Yes, give it a try! If it works out, it’s a free dress! 🙂

  7. Ilene @ Much Love, illy October 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    very impressive! i love this! 

    p.s. you are gorgeous! 

    • Natalia October 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      you’re too nice, thank you!

  8. Jules October 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    I’m sitting here in awe of the before and after.  You should give yourself a huge pat on the back… amazing transformation!  LOVE the black inset.  Your instructions were great; but this project is beyond my ‘sew only in a semi-straight line’ capabilities.  In heaven I will know how to sew and I will make adorable clothing like this! fabulous!!!  xoxo jules

    • Natalia October 22, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      Thank you so much for your compliments! Honestly, it wasn’t that hard, it kinda is sewing in a straight line! It just might look intimidating. And totally understand your comment about sewing perfectly in heaven, there are so many things I can’t wait for in heaven!! 🙂

  9. SouthernScraps October 22, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    Awesome project!

    • Natalia October 22, 2012 at 11:31 am #

      Thank you! Hopefully more coming soon!

  10. made with hugs and kisses October 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    This has to be the best shirt refashion ever! LOVE IT xXx

    • Natalia October 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Wow! Thank you for the compliment! I appreciate it! 🙂

  11. Kacie October 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    That’s so great!!!! I can’t believe how chic it turned out!


    • Natalia October 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Thank you! I am glad you liked it!

  12. Renae October 25, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    This is so cool! I’m dying to try it now!

    • Natalia October 25, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Thank you! It’s a cheap & easy way to have new clothes!

  13. Shelley October 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Stunning! Can I have it !? Lol 🙂

    • Natalia October 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

      If I wasn’t so proud of it, then yes! But I am, sorry 🙂

  14. Bobi Jensen October 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    That looks SO good.  I love it, and especially the short boots you paired it with…and the red lipstick. It just looks so good!  Great job!

    I have a weekend link party if you’d care to join:

    Thanks, Bobi

    • Natalia October 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      Thank you I am so honored! I will check out your linky party now! Thanks!

  15. jenny October 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Whoa! That is amazing! I can hardly believe it was the same shirt that is in the first picture! Great job!!

  16. Jenn@eatcakefordinner October 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    Oh my gosh.  I love it!

  17. Shannon October 29, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    I am always keeping an eye out for men’s shirt refashions and this is the cutest I have ever seen- wow- thank you so much for the tutorial. I can’t wait to try it 🙂 Thanks,

    • Natalia October 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

      Wow, thank you so much! I feel honored!

  18. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims October 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button:

    • Natalia October 30, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      Thanks for the feature!

  19. Marisol October 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    You are gorgeous!!! I’m soooooooo making this dress!!!

    • Natalia October 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      So glad you like it! Thank you!

  20. Samm Spangler October 31, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    This is so super cute!!! I want a sewing machine for Christmas and will definitely try this project!
    -Samm @ LittleHouseintheBigD

    • Natalia November 4, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      I am so glad you liked it!

  21. Kelly January 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I love this! I’m in the middle of trying to make a dress like this and I was using another web tutorial and it made no sense! This one is simple! I had an “oh i get it now” moment! Hahaha! Thank you!

    • Natalia January 21, 2013 at 5:34 am #

      So glad that was helpful!! Sometimes I don’t know if I explain it well enough, glad to know it has helped at least one person!

  22. Brenda February 21, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    I am incredibly impressed!! What a fabulous refashion!! Well done! 😉

    • Natalia February 21, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      Thank you so much! It turned out better than I had thought for sure!

  23. Sadhana July 14, 2014 at 1:36 am #

    Hi Natalia,

    Love your idea of converting a shirt into a dress. I must try it. Adding that super belt is a great touch.
    Grey and black look is ideal for a formal do.


    • Natalia July 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

      THank you! This was definitely a fun DIY!

  24. Rachel April 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    I love this. I was wondering what you did about the front opening. Does the belt keep the dress closed? Did you secure it with something at the bottom?

    • Natalia April 27, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      I use the buttons from the dress and the belt keeps it closed. There is between the boobs where it opens a bit. I either use a pin or you can put velcro between it to have it stay closed without seeing it. Hope that helps!


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