How to take in an oversized shirt

I’ve been so keen to try this refashion – turning an oversized shirt into a more wearable top by taking out the collar and turning it around. I blame it all on Liz at Cotton & Curls.

This top was nabbed (along with some vintage gold buttons and a zipper for an upcoming project) on a recent thrfiting/charity hopping trip with Nikki. Turns out it’s 100% silk. Pretty good bargain for £2.50.

I wore this out today to meet a friend for coffee in town. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I’m somehow completely in love with the buttons on the back. Strange?

How to take in an oversized shirt

You will need:

an oversized shirt

a top that fits well

pins

tailors chalk

sewing machine

thread

 

1

Start by unpicking the collar of the shirt.

 2

Turn the shirt inside out and place it front side down (so the buttons are facing away from you). Lay a top you like the fit of over the shirt. Use the neckline of the top you like as a template for the neckline of the top you’re refashioning. Trace the outline onto the top you’re refashioning using tailors chalk. Remember to leave some room for the hem – so maybe add 1/2 inch to this line now so you don’t forget.

3
To get the neckline nice and symmetrical, fold the top in half so the two side seams are touching. Cut along the line (make sure to add an extra 1/2 inch or so for the hem – otherwise it might be more low cut than you planned!).

4
Turn under about 1/2 inch of fabric and hem close to the edge using a straight stitch.

5
Use a seam ripper to take off the sleeves. Fold under 1/2 inch and hem as in the neckline.

6
Wear with a healthy dose of pride and a skip in your step.

  1. Reply
    Michelle Y

    Really like this. Seriously jealous of both your 'treasure' finding skills and your sewing ability.

  2. Reply
    Jordan Brantley

    Not strange at all! This turned out beautifully! I might have to try this one…

  3. Reply
    triskelos

    My friend gave me the link to your blog, and I've read every single post)
    This tutorial is my absolute favorite – I need to try it as soon as possible, buttons on the back look amazing)
    I'm your newest follower)

    http://tri-skelos.blogspot.com/

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