Update a plain shirt into this season’s hottest wardrobe essential
Elastic, 1.5m (591/ 8"), 2cm (3/4 ") wide
Matching sewing thread
Transform a plain men’s shirt into one of this season’s must-wear items. With a Bardot neckline and dropped flute sleeves, Rosie’s blouse is a dream combo of wardrobe staple and statement piece, all in one easy update. Team with an oversized floppy hat for maximum summer vibes.
For a comfortable fit, play around when measuring the elastic – you want it to hold the top up, but not feel too tight.
01 With the shirt right side (RS) up, use the chalk to mark a straight line across the top, at least 6cm (2 ") above the top of the pocket. Cut across this line, through the sleeves and body of the shirt. Cut off the sleeves at elbow length.
02 Fold the top of the shirt to the wrong side ( WS) by 1cm ( ") and press in place. Fold over again by 2.5cm (1") and press. Sew along the bottom fold line to create a channel, leaving a 5cm (2") gap at the centre back of the shirt.
03 Measure the elastic around your shoulders and chest at the point where the top will sit. Add 5cm (2") to the measurement and cut the elastic to this length. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread it through the gap at one end of the channel, and back out through the other gap. Overlap the ends of the elastic by 2.5cm (1") and sew several times to create a strong join. Sew the gap closed.
04 Cut off the bottom of the shirt in a straight line, 10cm (4") up from the hem. Cut this strip in half at the centre back, then position each piece with RS together, matching the short raw edges. Sew the short raw edges to create two tubes – these will be the sleeve pieces.
05 Use a long straight stitch to sew around the raw edge of each sleeve piece, 1cm ( 3 /8") in from the edge. Leave long tails of thread at either end, then gently pull on them to gather the fabric, distributing the gathers evenly as you go.
06 Position your sleeve pieces around the sleeves of the shirt with RS together, matching the raw edges. Make sure the underarm seams are also aligned. Pin in place, adjusting the gathers as you go so the sleeves fit perfectly. Sew, then press the seams towards the shoulders.
07 Turn the bottom of the shirt to the WS by 1cm ( 3 /8"), press, then turn back again by 1cm ( 3 /8"). Press and pin in place, then sew to hem.