Fashion DIY: A Tie Waist Shirt

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I always say I think that a man’s shirt is the most easily accessible charity shop item. So my next fashion DIY for this little corner of the web is, once again, an upcycled shirts.

For a few pounds, a little thread and a pair of scissors I find upcycling shirts the cheapest way to get my mitts on a shirt that on the high-street would end up costing £30 more.

Previous shirt upcycles include:

Adding a Shirt Hem to a Denim Jacket

Business to Bardot: An Off The Shoulder Number

A Classic White Shirt to Classic White Tunic

Plain Pink to Pink With a Frill

Adding a Frill Hem

I spotted this red shirt in Fara a while back and loved the colour. The fabric was a little softer than your average shirt which gave it that laid back vibe I’m always after. I promptly purchased it. Got home. Grabbed my sewing machine and a coffee. Positioned myself next to the TV so I could watch Gilmore Girls. And got sewing.

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  • A Second-Hand Shirt (Oversized)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Tailors Chalk
  • Thread


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1. Begin by cutting the collar off to get the round neck.

The cut-off collar could be kept for a future DIY to make an embellished collar to wear underneath jumpers when you don’t want the full bulk of an entire shirt.

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2. Cut the sleeves off the shirt from just above the elbow.

Roll up the cut off sleeves so your shirt now has short sleeves.

Remove the cuffs from the sleeves you have cut off.

3. Turn the sleeves inside out and sew a line to close the bottom of the sleeve. Turn the sleeve back the right way out.

4. Unpick the sides of the shirt at the waist. Unpick enough of the side seam so you are able to insert the raw edge of the removed sleeve. Stitch each sleeve into either side of the shirt.

You can wear the shirt either way but I decided to wear mine with the buttons at the back. Once the shirt is on, tie the sleeves inserted into the side seam around the front to cinch in the oversized shirt.

And that’s it. A quick way to turn a charity shop shirt into something a little different.

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  1. May 30, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Really love this DIY. Such a fantastic way to reuse a mans shirt and it looks great, not all like a man’s shirt anymore!

    • hannah
      June 10, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Ah thanks so much 🙂 xx

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