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Denim Shirt Refashion: Before & After

Before & After | Denim Shirt 5-in-1 Refashion

For the life of me, I can’t recall who or where I got this shirt from. I do know it was from a relative. I likely snatched it from a reject pile during a spring cleaning event (one of my favorite pastimes). Good quality denim is one of those things I can’t pass up.

I wanted to sport it as a light jacket but as luck would have it, the sleeves were humongous for my petite frame. It wasn’t long before I thought of the perfect DIY! It just so happen that denim skirts were making a comeback…not just any old denim skirt but the button-front ones. I was inspired!

Here’s what I did:

Denim Shirt Refashion- Tutorial

  1. First thing I did was to remove the sleeves by cutting them off at the seams. I then used a well-fitted skirt as a guide and lightly traced around it using tailor’s chalk. This was to ensure that I had enough material to work with and that the front was symmetrical.
  2. Once I traced the pattern, I cut along the new waistline and prepared the skirt for fitting by pinning along the tracings.
  3. When fitting, I made sure to accommodate for the waistband (by placing the waistline an inch below my waist), then made any necessary alterations. Once I was happy with the fit, I stitched the sides then removed the excess fabric along the seams.
  4. For the waistband, I cut 2 strips 3in wide (1 from each sleeve) that when joined, equals my waistline measurement + 1in seam allowance.
  5. Once joined, I folded the band in half lengthwise and stitched both ends leaving a 1/2in allowance. I then pinned the waistband along the waistline and finished.
  6. As for the sleeves, I simply stitched the armholes together and then the sides to form a casing. Done!
DIY Denim Shirt Refashion: Tie Front Sleeve Top Set

LOOK 1: SLEEVES DOUBLED AS A BANDEAU TOP.

DIY Denim Shirt Refashion: Side Tie Top Set

LOOK 2: OFFSET THE TIE CREATING A DIFFERENT LOOK.

DIY Denim Shirt Refashion: Tie-Front Sleeve Set Back

BACK OF LOOK 1.

DIY Denim Shirt Refashion: 3 Piece Set

LOOK 3: ALL THREE PIECES.

DIY Denim Shirt Refashion: Skirt w/ Sleeve Belt

LOOK 4: SLEEVES WORN AS A BELT.

DIY Denim Shirt Refashion: Fold Over Waist Skirt

LOOK 5: WAISTBAND FOLDED IN FRONT.

It was a bit of a ‘tight squeeze’ so to speak, but I managed. Haha! I like to utilize refashion pieces as much as possible, which is why I incooperated the sleeves and collar into different looks.

Easy enough, no? Which look is your fav?

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