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Recycled western shirts

Added Jan 14, 2009

by nattyjane

Berkeley, Califo...






I got the idea for these recycled western shirts after I saw the high prices of similar shirts at Urban. First I had to hunt down some western shirts at the thrift store, but you could always find them at a vintage store for a little more money. I took in the sides and sleeves a few inches, shortened the sleeves and added elastic to the ends, took off the collar and sewed it shut, and then added some elastic to the waist. The blue and red one was men’s extra huge so I can wear it as a dress over tights and the purple one is slightly smaller so it works well as a shirt paired with skinny jeans.

Material Notes

Men’s Wrangler western shirt from the thrift store and elastic.




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    Aug 26, 2010, 11.51 AMby Carlee Potter

    Cool. I like your work. I’m wondering if you’ve ever re-fashioned a business shirt for the purpose of keeping it as a wearable business shirt; only a bit more stylish? I’m very keenly attempting to search ideas on how I might do this.

    I have all these women’s business shirts – standard, long-sleeve, collared shirts – but I’ve recently shifted to a new industry/job in which I can wear funkier (less corporate) clothing. I don’t want my 10-or-so collared business shirts to go to waste. I’m hoping to “style” them up somehow.

    Would LOVE any ideas or links… thanks!

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    Mar 29, 2010, 02.38 AMby momartin

    I love this idea.. taking something worn and recreating it… very nice.

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    Jan 14, 2009, 06.22 PMby rizum

    I saw something like this at urban and ragstock and totally wanted it….. but WOW to much money. I had the exact same thought about going to a thrift store and finding an old mens plad shirt and fixing it but I didn’t know how to. When I saw this i thought it was totally cute!!!!!!:) Great creations I am totally going to try this! Thanx! And luv your style!!!!! there both beautiful!!!!!:)

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    Jan 14, 2009, 11.54 AMby dianacirne

    I’m looking for a nice one and bigggg, to make the same! I saw some dresses for sale too, but so expensive, that I think “Ican make the same, just for a part of this money!”. You made a great job!

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    Jan 14, 2009, 07.06 AMby claireissewing

    I love both of them…they’re going on my to-do list.

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    Jan 14, 2009, 05.20 AMby akwa

    Beautiful idea! Is the cotton thin? Because it’s looks really feminine. Yes, I also think the purple and red one would be faboulus as a dress. It gives me inspiration for next summer wardrobe…

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