that you can make in one crafternoon!
It’s just a boring oversized man’s shirt that I’ve glamorously turned into an embroidered woman’s blouse!
Hi guys! It’s Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life, and today I am going to share one of my favorite retro clothing revamps with you guys, a repurposed men’s flannel.
I love upcycling clothing and admit that most of my wardrobe started out as something thrifted or vintage.
This particular idea I snagged out of a vintage 1962 Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine in the handmade gifts section. They had taken a man’s denim workshirt and shortened it for a gal and then added some great embroidery.
Usually when I do a vintage craft I update it a bit to make it more modern, but I think that this was just perfect so I copied it pretty much like the original!
Here’s What You Need:
- Men’s Button Up Flannel
- Embroidery Floss
- Hand Embroidery Needle
- Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
- Buttons (optional)
Here’s The Original:
Here’s my how-to:
The first thing I did was decide where I wanted my shirt hem to hit. I marked the spot.
Then I added an inch and a half for hemming.
I laid my shirt flat and measured the equal distance down from the armpit to where the bottom of the hem would be and I marked where to cut off the shirt bottom. Then I cut the shirt bottom off.
After that I started stitching my design with the embroidery floss.
I used a cross stitch around the edges and inside the flat felled seams just like the original. Then I stitched the design around the buttonholes. I used a crazy daisy like stitch and stitched it like you would to make the petals but made them more “u” shaped than teardrop shaped.
After I finished embroidering the shirt, it was ready to hem. I pressed the bottom edge under by about a half an inch, then pressed under again by a little over half an inch. Then I stitched the hem closed on the sewing machine close to the edge of the folded hem.
I cut off the buttons that were on the shirt and added new buttons that I liked to finish it off.
I really love my new boyfriend shirt!
I found that it is easy to turn an oversized men’s shirt into an oversized boyfriend style woman’s shirt just by hemming the bottom.
I siply roll the sleeves up but you could cut and hem them too if you wanted to.
The embroidery took me most of an evening, so it was a little time consuming, but I thought it was definitely worth it! I hope you gals will give it a try sometime too!
I’ll be back soon with more DIY fun. Until then…