Hot! The “Tomboy” Top

Fabric: Old Navy button-up handed down from the husband $0 – free to me!
Pattern: Self-drafted collar and sleeves
Year: 2000s
Notions: None
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: For a walk in our new neighborhood
Wear again? Certainly
Total price: ~$0

Haha! We’re back on schedule!! It took up most of my Sunday but I got this finished!

So when we were planning for our move we went through a lot of our belongings that we just don’t use anymore and set them aside to donate to charity. We had a huge pile of clothes and misc things. However, I made sure to rescue a few of my husband’s button-ups to refashion after these Pinterest pins I’ve been holding on to for a while.

Here’s a not-so-great camera phone “before” picture for reference. There’s a bunch of still full boxes just out of frame.

I chopped off the collar, took in the side seams, refitted the sleeves, made them shorter, and used the left over fabric from the sleeves to make a peter pan collar. I thought about hemming but I wanted the option of tucking it in if I so chose.

I liked this pic because you can see our shadows in addition to the sleeve detail :)



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Love this! I’m a fan of button down shirts, but can’t stand the collar type on most of them. i usually remove it from the stand and leave it, but this is a really nice option. Did you need to do a facing? Looks Great!!

  2. Good idea with the sleeves!

  3. This little shirt is so cute : ) I’m loving all these upcycled mens shirts. Thank you for the great inspiration!

  4. I love a button down refashion and thanks for the Pin links. Great job Liz. Love the sleeve detail.

  5. Very cute! I’m going to look more closely at those men’s shirts now. So many ideas this week!

  6. You rock a Peter Pan collar like no-one else Liz! Love the sleeve detail – so cute. Great upcycle!

  7. Amazed that you got back on track… amongst moving! Amazing effort. I love the smile on your face in the feature pic – you’re radiant, it’s lovely. And I shall be checking out your refashioning pins on pinterest with great interest – thanks for letting us in on them!