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Topic: Making a Women's Tunic Out of a Men's Button-down Shirt  (Read 3057 times)
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« on: May 11, 2018 07:00:43 PM »

I finally got around to recon-ing a men's shirt! I have been wanting to do this for years and finally found a tutorial that I felt like I could manage to make a top I thought would work for me.



I did buy the shirt new at a discount store, but the tiny bias tape was from my stash I used to finish the cut away collar and neck - inherited from my grandmother at least 15 years ago.  Shocked The tutorial has you folding down a seam after you've taken in tucks to your own taste (and, let's face it, bust size).



I narrowed the shoulders by adding a pleat in the back yolk which I extended part way down the back. I incorporated the existing pleat by sewing them down as well. The sewing them down was my addition





After cutting the sleeves, I added an elastic casing, using some 3/8" elastic from stash.

One other thing I did in addition to the tutorial was changing the hemline - I shortened the front to make a high-low hem. Mostly just to make it look a little less like an untucked men's dress shirt. Wink



I forgot to take a before photo, but this is essentially the same shirt from the same brand, only with wider stripes. Speaking of, HOO BOY did those narrow pinstripes make my vision go all cattywompus sometimes!
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2018 12:06:39 AM »

Looks pretty and comfortable!
Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2018 04:36:15 AM »

It came out so well!  Absolutely looks like it would be on a rack in a store.  Beautifully done.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2018 04:40:53 AM »

You did a great job on that complete transformation. The only thing I've done with a man's dress shirt was to make an orange plaid one into a skirt. I like your idea. My man is quite a bit larger than I am, when I wear his clothes I am just swimming in them. I keep stealing them anyhow because, hey, what's his is mine, haha.
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2018 04:56:53 AM »

That's just fabulous!
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2018 06:25:08 AM »

Thanks everyone! I'm pretty tickled with how it came out and I think the main giveaway that it's an altered shirt is the bias tape finish at the collar which I also think non-sewists might not pick up on. Actually now that I think about it, I think that the small size of the bias tape makes it less obvious than has I used your more standard size - which I almost did!

CLM: This shirt was definitely at least one size too large for me. Had I a smaller (reasonably sized) bust it would be even at least two sizes to large, even! I'm interested to try it using an even larger shirt and am not going to scour the thrifts for fun men's shirts when I'm in there.
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2018 07:23:42 AM »

What a great idea to add in the pleat to adjust for the shoulders! I've been trying to work out a similar project, and couldn't figure out how to make the shoulders fit so I didn't have to re-work the sleeve seam. And, you're right about the high/low hem... it definitely hides the "men's shirt" look of it.
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2018 07:58:17 AM »

Great re-do!
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2018 10:41:27 AM »

Thanks, friends!

What a great idea to add in the pleat to adjust for the shoulders! I've been trying to work out a similar project, and couldn't figure out how to make the shoulders fit so I didn't have to re-work the sleeve seam. And, you're right about the high/low hem... it definitely hides the "men's shirt" look of it.

Right? If I'd seen that tutorial earlier in my quest, I'd have tried this ages ago!
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2018 09:32:43 AM »

Nice job! Easy breezy summer shirt!
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