Monday, June 25, 2012

Made It By Monday Summer Series: Button-Up Upcycle

With all the warm weather recently, I've definitely been looking for some sleeveless tops to wear. When I got home from school this year, I cleaned out my closet and put a bunch of clothes in bags for goodwill or the trash. This past week 90 degrees + weather had me thinking of ways to use some of my old clothes.

This button up was a hand-me-down from my older sister when I was in middle school, and it is now too tight to be comfortable, especially in the sleeves. I've been admiring people's sleeveless button ups and I thought this shirt would be perfect to make my own.

The sleeves were the tightest part on me, so I was glad to get rid of those!


-thrifted or old button up

-coordinating thread

-sewing machine or sewing needle



1. Cut off the sleeves. I left an inch or so from the seam, you can cut off the extra fabric later

2. Iron the the shirt, taking care to fold the cut sleeves back to the inside of the shirt along the sleeve seam. 

3. Use a sewing machine or hand sew edges of sleeves

4. Iron and cut off any extra fabric

5. Wear it! You're done!


- I usually wear mine unbuttoned because the shirt pulls a little on me, but if you have a well-fitting shirt this always looks cute buttoned with a pair of high-waisted shorts :)


  1. This is just adorable (looks so great on you too!) and definitely gave new life to a tired old piece of clothing. Great project!

  2. I recently did something very similar, but yours is much cuter =D