For this restyle I used a medium fitted man’s shirt in 100% cotton.
Step by step guide:
- Remove the sleeves and the collar.
- Fold the shirt over on itself so that the sleeve holes are sitting over each other, this space then becomes the neck area.
- Trim away the shoulder section to the shirt making sure the top of the shirt is cut level all the way across the new shoulder area.
- Button up the top button, leave the next two or three open, this area then becomes the new arm-opening, button the rest of the buttons to the end.
- Measure the length of the arm opening and cut the same length on the opposite side of the shirt.
- Turn the shirt right sides together and sew along the shoulder areas.
- This particular shirt has darts running down the back of the shirt, I measured up the darts and sewed exactly the same darts into the front shirt panels.
- Turn the shirt right side out, using an overlocker* sew along the neck area and the newly created arm area.
- There is no need to sew along the button area.
- Turn a single hem on the neck and arm area and sew in place.
- Finally using the left over sleeves make an Obi belt. Instructions and pattern for the Obi belt will be posted and linked here as the project progresses.
* If you do not have an overlocker turn a double hem along the neck and the arm areas.