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Men's Shirt to Racerback Ruffles

Added Sep 11, 2012

by Julia Morley

Pittsburgh, Penn...






A while ago, I was inspired by this pin on pinterest of what looked like a men’s shirt, reworked to turn it into a racerback collared tank with ruffles down the back. I was never able to find the original source of the image or what the front of the shirt looked like, but I put it on my list as a thing to try out some day.

I thrifted a men’s shirt for $3 at goodwill and set to cutting it up. I cut the arms off first and then started pinning it on my dress form. I ended up taking in the front with darts, and cutting a large amount of fabric out of the center back of the shirt. Some dressform manipulation and a lot basting later, I came to this! The ruffles were made with pieces cut from the sleeves.

It’s still a little bit too big for me and I think I’ll have to take it in some more, but I was too eager to wait any longer to share :-)

Material Notes

men’s shirt




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Sep 12, 2012, 03.45 PMby libra-s

    Great Job!!

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    Sep 12, 2012, 05.29 AMby Mary Athey

    well this is one fab make over!! it looks so well done and you.d never started life as a mans shirt. well done x

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    Sep 12, 2012, 04.00 AMby reliablechef

    very nice! I have a whole stack of my husbands old shirts to redo and yours just got added to the list!

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    Sep 11, 2012, 11.43 PMby schnui

    Julia, this is a wonderful re-fashion. You have done a great job and it looks great on you. I hope your summer lasts a bit longer so you can enjoy wearing this top more.

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