Making Stuff: Bow Shirt from Men’s Dress Shirt Refashion

by This is Carrie on August 16, 2010

When Todd threw his old brown and pink, long-sleeved dress shirt in the “to be donated” pile I promptly pulled it out knowing it’s life was not over yet.

The style, a simple sleeveless tunic with bow, was inspired from a japanese made shirt I found a while back for Princess. I used the existing hem and button front of the shirt.  From the sleeves, I cut the self bias binding and the HUGE bow.  I think there may be a few more of these little shirts in my future.


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Justine Mullins August 16, 2010 at 7:22 am

This is gorgeous I really love it!! don’t suppose you fance doing a tutorial?? I’m rubbbish at refashioning but I’d like to give this a go for my little girl!! Justine xx

This is Carrie
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I’m planning to do some “rough sketch” instructions in the near future. Hopefully that’ll be enough to get you going :). So glad you love it.

Nicole August 16, 2010 at 7:32 am

Gorgeous! I love the bow. I can never get my bows to look that good on anything.

Melissa August 16, 2010 at 8:09 am

Love it!! It’s awesome to see more people catch the bow fever. What a sweet top.

J. August 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

I think I’m in love!

mistie August 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

Carrie I love this!!!!!

Angie August 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Love it!! That is so stinking cute! You have a very pretty model too. :0)

jonita mortensen August 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I agree with all the above comments!

kristie larsen August 16, 2010 at 8:53 pm

very adorable! and that girl… sheesh she’s a perfect mix of you and Todd. So cute!

mybackporch22 August 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

So cute! I love making new clothes out of old. I must try this – thanks.

Liz August 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Love your site and thought you would like this one I ran across- she’s making 365 ugly dresses into pretty ones in 365 days for $365. So fun to read!

This is Carrie
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Thanks for passing on the link to 365 dresses in 365 days. What a cool blog and I love what she is doing with all those ugly dresses. It’s not often I find a new blog that I immediately fall in love with, but you’ve got me on this one.

Brittany Wiggins August 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I’m in the process of making one of these darling little shirts (only in a slightly larger mommy version!) I’m just wondering how you put the bow on there? mine is too thick to just sew on… thanks for any help!

This is Carrie
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I tied the bow, then hand tacked it un the middle to the shirt. I tacked one loop permanently to hold it up and the other loop has a small snap to hold it up as well – so you can still unbutton the shirt.

Hope that helps! Good luck with your version. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Brittany Wiggins Reply:

Thanks so much! I ended up sewing a small knot at the tip of each side and then on both sides of the knot. I think it worked out pretty well. i linked back to you but incase it doesn’t show you can go to: I like how it looks but I think it’s slightly bland. Any ideas on how to jazz it up would be greatly appreciated! :o)

Lisa B February 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

You’re killing me………all of this wonderful sewing creativity, marathon runner, mother to 4 kids, great figure…..I love viewing all of your projects, especially the wardrobe refashioning thrift items into wonderful ready-to-wear. But at times I feel like such a slacker not doing more since my kids are almost gone (17 and 20), and just working full-time and studying for the CPA exam. What’s my excuse for not accomplishing 1/2 as much as you do? (Love your website….though I don’t know how you do it all?! Must be that SoCal sunshine or something….!) Lisa

This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

Thanks for the sweet comment Lisa. You are doing so much! Working full time and getting ready for the CPA exam! Everyone has different priorities, and right now i am lucky enough to be at a stage where all I have to do is sacrifice a clean house to be able to work in a few creative hours during a full week.

karen bailey November 19, 2013 at 5:39 am

I like this , for me, in black, feel inpired with bows.

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