A man’s shirt into chic!

Transforming a Man’s Shirt into Chic!



Here’s How



  • I prefer converting a man’s shirt because it is bigger and longer which gives your more options for designs.
  • The way I altered this shirt was first I shaped the sides and placed front and back darts to make the shirt more fitted,
  • Then I made the shoulder narrow by taking in the top of the sleeve on the shoulder.
  • I wanted to keep the sleeves long but pulled up over the elbow.
  • To give the cuffs enough room to pull over the elbow I made a fake cuff links with elastic.
For this project you will need:  Notions:  Four buttons with hooks that thread, narrow tube elastic, needle and thread
  • 1:  To narrow the shoulder – You can either put a shoulder dart or take in the sleeve at top of shoulder
  • 2:  I made fake cuff links with buttons with hooks at the back so that the elastic can thread through.  (Narrow tube elastic cut approximately 3″ long)
  • 3:  Thread the button with the elastic and pull elastic through one button
  • 4:  Then through the buttonhole in the sleeve cuff
  • 5:   Continue to pull the elastic through the other buttonhole and through the other button then join both ends of the elastic  by hand stitching to secure,  It should look like the diagram below.
The cuffs should look like the picture above.
I slit the shirt to the waist and put trim around the collar and cuff for a chic look

Sprucing an old blouse into a fashion statement



Altuzarra Resort


Lace has been very popular for the past few seasons it’s so romantic and can add new dimension to an outfit.  You can duplicate designer trends with items you already have in your wardrobe.



I revamped this tired old shirt to simulate the design from Altuzarra Resort and adapted the look to my personality and comfort level.





I purchased this lace on sale at the fabric store and stitched it around the bottom hem and around the sleeve of the shirt.






The finished look.  I teamed it up with a cuffed capri ideal for summer,

Redesigning a Shirt

Redesigning a shirt
Shirts are so versatile, you can convert them into most any style.  You can make them into dresses, skirts, crop tops the possibilities of redesigning shirts are endless.  If you scroll down there are more ideas for redesigning shirts.


This is a shirt that I had in the donation pile that
I gave a second chance to live
  • First I folded the back of the shirt in half and then over again so the center fold meet the side seam, this gave me three slits in the back of the shirt.  Then I pressed the seams so I will get a straight line to cut  (see diagram).
  • The next step is to cut three pieces of contrasting fabric the length of the slits  into cone shapes to insert in the slits
  • Insert cone shape contrast into slits and stitch.  (see above diagram)
  • After inserting the cone shape into the slits, I began a design as you go project.
  • I placed tabs from under the collar on the shoulder down to meet the cuff and enhance it with a decorative button.
  • I finished the back slits by placing three covered buttons on the top of each insert of emphasis.
  • To add interest to the front of the shirt and make it more roomy I added piece of the contrasting fabric down the front of the shirt.

Transforming a man’s shirt into a Summer Dress

Take an old shirt and transform it 
into a beautiful summer dress
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to take an old shirt and make it into a beautiful summer dress.
  • You can insert lace or a different colour fabric in-between.
  • I am a lacy girl so I added lace for a feminine look
1:  Take off the pocket and the collar being careful not to rip the fabric.
  • I left  the  collar stand so the dress will have a tunic collar.
2:  To make the halter use a ruler to draw a straight line from the shoulder to underarm and cut away the sleeve.
3:  Determine how wide you want to insert lace or contrasting fabric.  Start cutting from under the arm so as not to alter the armhole.
4:  Number each section, so they will not get mixed up when stitching pieces together.
5:  Stitch the lace in between in number  sequence.


I wanted the shirt fitted so I took in the sided.  this is optional.



Some shirts are tapered if this is the case you can adjust the lace using a small dart to align with the side seam so it will fit flush around the shirt.



Leave the number pinned on until the dress is complete.




  • I added lace down the front for emphasis.

This is a fun project. it can be worn as a dress or with tights underneath.

Adjusting an armhole to fit

I had a long sleeve shirt that was too tight across the chest , arm and midriff  but I wanted to keep it because I love the tartan plaid pattern.
If you have a shirt that is too small you can insert a gusset at the sides to make it fit.
  • First I cut the sleeve.  I needed the extra fabric to make the gusset to insert at  the side of the shirt so  it will fit


  • Then I cut 2 cone shapes from the underside of the two cut sleeves,

(see the diagram)

  • However if you want the gusset to extend to the hem of the shirt the gusset will the same width to the hem of the shirt. (ie: it will be a rectangle instead of cone shape)



  • Open both side of the shirt from end of sleeve to the point you want the gusset to end.

(if necessary open all the way down the side of the shirt).



  • Measure around arm and cut another piece of fabric to add width to sleeve to widen.
  • Join the under sleeve piece to side gusset as seen in diagram.
  • (If there is enough fabric you can cut the under sleeve and side gusset as one piece without joining underarm)
  • Base to secure in place before stitching.
  • Sew from end of sleeve to desired point you want the gusset to end.
  • For this alteration the widest part of the gusset and the under sleeve is 4″ and tapered to a cone shape since I did not want the gusset to the hem of the shirt.
  • This measurement will vary depending on your personal measurements and how loose you want the shirt to fit.
  • The gusset is inserted from end of sleeve to the point where you would to have the increase or to the hem of the shirt.

Revamping an Outfit




  • I wore this outfit to a wedding a few years ago.
  • I recently  revamp it and made it more exciting by smocking the bottom of the skirt.
You can access smocking patterns on-line or you can design your own as I did for this skirt.

Redesigning a Dress

Redesigning a dress



The original dress was very simple, but I wanted to spruce it up to attend a wedding


I purchased about a 1/4 yd. of purple lace and cut out the motif pattern to make an applique

I embellished the applique with tiny pearls, beads and sequins


Then I formed a design following the shape of the wrap top, draped the skirt and formed a rosette at the waist for emphasis.  This gave the dress an entirely new look.

How to line a sweater

  • In this tutorial I’ll show you how to line a sweater.
  • Lining a sweater will keep the shape in tact and give added warmth.
  • Suggested fabric for lining a sweater is cotton jersey or acetate, the stretch in the fabric will be malleable and will adjust to the stretch in the knitted sweater.


Always wash the sweater before lining to allow for shrinkage.



 1:  Fold sweater in two and place on top of lining.
  • (You don’t have to measure)  Cut the outline of the sweater leaving approximately  1 1/2 inch


  • (1/2″ seam allowance  and 1″ for ease).
2:  Cut the back as one piece.
3:  Cut the front same as back but leave it open down the front.
  4:   Stitch back and front lining together and clip under arm for ease.
5:   Pin lining to sweater and hand hem around the neck, down the front, the bottom and around the sleeve.
  • There may be excess fabric because the lining is cut bigger than the sweater, if this happens make small tucks in the center back neckline and at the bottom back of the lining.
  • If there is more excess you can make small tucks as you hem the lining manipulating the fabric as you go to make it fit.
(The excess fabric is okay because the lining has to be slightly bigger than the sweater)
  • The lining will not lie flat because it has to be slightly bigger than the actual sweater.
finished lined sweater

How to sew a tulle skirt


Sewing tulle requires some patience.  When making a skirt in other fabric the fabric is cut lengthwise, however when making a tulle skirt it’s easier to use the length of the tulle.  The only seam will be the back seam.  



  • Determine how wide you want the skirt.  If you want a very wide skirt purchase between 8 to 11 yards of tulle.  Purchase less if you don’t want it very wide.
  • You will need crinoline to make the skirt stand out –  You can purchase two yards less of crinoline which is like tulle, just stiffer.  (if you purchase eight yards of tulle, purchase 6 yards of crinoline).
  • You will need about one yard of lining 45″ wide.
  • The crinoline can also be cut in tiers and added only at the bottom of the lining, depending on the effect you want.
  • (Elastic for the waist of the lining is optional for versality so it can be worn under other skirts)
  •  Join the ends together, Leave about 7-8″ opening at the seam of the tulle for ease when putting on the skirt.
  • If you have a gather presser foot, this will be very helpful when gathering the skirt, if not adjust the tension so the thread will be loose and stich on the fold of the tulle, then gather by pulling the thread  to the size of the required waistline.
  • I find it easier to do this in sections.
  • Repeat this method with the crinoline. Cut the lining the desired skirt length and gather the 45″ to the waist measurement.
Tulle is very forgiving, you don’t need a zipper.  Before adding the waistband gather the waist 4″ more than the actual waist.  (if the waist is 30″, measure the waist 34″.  The four extra inches will be the over lap at the back so you don’t need a zipper.
Add hooks or fasteners the exact measurement of the waist line.  In that way the overlap will eliminate the need of a zipper.
Tulle Skirts are beautiful and feminine.

Make a bathroom curtains with gromets


Cutting a straight line on chiffon could be challenging because the  characteristic of the fabric is unstable and shift causing difficulty when cutting.  To cut a straight line measure the length you want then select on thread and pull.  Cut along the line as show in the diagram, this will ensure you get a straight and even cut.
  • Cut fabric to desired length, plus 2″ for hem plus 4″ to turn over at the top to insert the gromets  (ie if the length of the finished curtain is 36″ you will need to cut the length of the fabric 36″ + 2″ for hem + 4″ for top heading = 42″.
  • Next cut fabric twice the measurements of the shower rod with an extra 4″ for  – you will have a 2″ hem at both sides of the curtain.  If you are working with light weight fabric chiffon etc.,  use interfacing at the top to stabilize the fabric so you can insert the gromets.
  • For the top – where the gromets will be inserted – Fold over the 4″ at the top with the interfacing between.  Stich in place.
  • Fold the 2″ hem at the both sides of the curtain and stitch
  • Fold the 2″ hem at the bottom and stitch.
(if you decide on a valance there is one extra step – For an 8″ valance cut the fabric three times the length of the curtain rod and double the width of the finished valance and fold in half before gathering or pleating -ie: if you want an 8″ valance cut the fabric 16″)
  • Gather or pleat the valance to the width of the shower curtain after it is hemmed at both sides.
  • Before stitching the top hem in place – put the valance underneath then stich the valance with the hem)
You are now ready to insert the gromets (The standard shower curtain have twelve gromets or buttonholes for hooks)
To insert gromets as per the following diagrams:
  • The gromets will come with a template:  Before drawing the template on the fabric pin to prevent fabric shifting
  • Draw templates on the fabric
  • You can use your existing shower curtain to determine placement of the grommets.  The standard shower curtain have twelve hooks
  • Place bottom grommet underneath
  • Place the top grommet on top and snap into place.
If you want to have tie effect of  a tie back, after placing valance cut the shower curtain up the middle and add trim.