Liberty Refashions: Man Shirt to Retro Blouse

white shirt refashion

So. Autumn is here and what a better time to go through your closet, see what you like and what you’re not wearing anymore and more importantly – what you could give a new life to.  And if your old clothes don’t inspire you any more trade with a friend. They don’t have to be the same size or even gender as you. You just have to get your hands on garments that will allow you to play a bit.

Some fabric scraps, a few pieces of trim and new buttons can sometimes change a garment completely.

With a little help from Sew Box and a bit of Liberty print Bias Binding and buttons, I turned a plain man’s shirt into a quirky blouse.

man shirt refashion before and after

You don’t need a lot of time for this refashion, just a bit of courage. First, chop of the collar. Then the sleeves. At first I wanted to use the front of the shirt as the back of my new blouse, but since I used a shirt that was already my size at the bust area and I didn’t have a lot of fabric to play with, I decided to keep the front as it was – I later changed the buttons. I drafted new arm openings.

I used this liberty print bias tape for the cleavage, which was soft and a pleasure to work with. I then hemmed the arm openings and created pockets. The best way to get functional pockets is to make sure your hands fit in them. I created a pocket shape from scrap cardboard and then applied them to the garment.

Hope you like my Rosie the Riveter inspired blouse and this refashion.

Have a nice weekend and happy sewing!

1 thought on “Liberty Refashions: Man Shirt to Retro Blouse”

  1. Liz J in Central Illinois

    I like the looks of the pattern picture. It looks like it would be a very comfy blouse to wear. Maybe sewing it in a smaller size will make the difference.

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