A while back I wore my men’s shirt refashion vest to my parent’s house and my mom immediately knew it was a refashion of one of my dad’s flannel shirts. Once we caught my dad up to speed that the vest was previously his flannel shirt he was impressed. He immediately went to his closet to find another old shirt for me to refashion.
He brought out this flannel lined men’s shirt. It was old, well-worn, slightly torn, and a little faded. Because of how worn it was it was also very soft. For this men’s shirt refashion I knew right away that it needed to be dyed green and turned into a jacket.
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How to make a Men’s Shirt Refashion into a Jacket
A used men’s shirt is a great place to start for a refashion project. For this shirt to jacket upcycle I changed the color to green, resized to a feminine fit, removed the collar, added a zipper, replaced the buttons, and added a cinched waist cord with brass cord stops and cord ends.
I used the washing machine method for dyeing the fabric and just restarted the cycle several times to get a dark army green color. Since this shirt was well used it didn’t take the dye evenly but I like the outcome anyway.
Next step was disassembly. I removed the collar flap and arms then set aside.
Next was to change the fit from a boxy men’s shirt to a form fitting women’s fit. I cut out the sides that included side seam pockets and set aside to add back in later.
As with most men’s shirt refashion projects, I repositioned the shoulder seams to sit on the edge of my shoulders.
The arms were still too wide and instead of just making them slimmer by removing fabric I added some decorative pleats with topstitching.
To create a more feminine shape I added a triangle piece to the sides of the jacket using the scrap pieces that included the pockets.
The plastic buttons were replaced with decorative brass buttons and I added a brass RiRi zipper down the center front.
Before the final assembly I added a tube and brass grommets to create a cinch waist. The cord has brass cords stops and is finished off with brass cord ends.
The last step was to close up the bottom of the jacket.
The final outcome of this men’s shirt fashion is an awesome jacket with a feminine fit.
And of course POCKETS!
This men’s shirt refashion is quite the transformation from before to after.
My next men’s shirt refashion is already on the sewing table. Have you created any men’s shirt refashions inspired by my creations? Tag me on Instagram with your refashions @scratchandstitch