Last Saturday I looked at the Men’s shirt stash that my husband created a few days ago and since I wanted a summer top I thought it would be a great idea to use one of them and just up-cycle it. I wanted a “quick sewing project” and transforming this men’s shirt into a summer top is a quick thing to make.
I took a black shirt so I could easily add a flashy trim to make it more girlie.
If you want to make this summer top from a shirt, just follow these simple steps.
Fold your shirt by half. Then trace a line from underneath your sleeve’s bottom to the height you want your summer top to have.
Once you’ve traced those lines, simply cut your shirt (make sure both sides are nicely folded)
Cut off the 2 sleeves, at the top level and cut off the cuffs a well.
Open the sleeves so they lie flat. Trace a rectangle, as wide and long as you can?
You should then obtain 2 rectangles and your bodice.
Cut the rectangles in 2, lengthwise, so that you obtain 4 thinner rectangles. Sew the seams together.
Then, make a thing channel at the top of your strap, leaving a gap so that you can insert an elastic band later on.
I added a flashy trim at the bottom of my strap. If you don’t want to, just make a short hem.
On your bodice, zig zag your armholes and do a simple hem (this is not the most professional way of doing it and definitely I’d be teaching a better way of finishing this on one of my sewing lessons).
After stitching your armholes, you can do a hem at the top of your bodice.
Then, top stitch your strap on top of the bodice top edge. Your strap should be much longer than the bodice since we are going to insert the elastic band to reduce it and create the shoulders/sleeves.
Once you’ve inserted the elastic band on the top strap, you close the gap you left at the beginning and then voilah! your summer top is ready! Wasn’t it super easy and quick?