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Upcycled: Tie-Front Blouse

Added Aug 4, 2010

by smalldose

Los Angeles, Uni...






Hi everyone! I made this tie-front blouse out of my boyfriend’s old dress shirt. I’m pretty happy with how it came out and hope to make many more variations of it with the bag full of donated clothing I have. Next time, I’d like to try a flutter sleeve of some sort…

I wrote more about this project at my blog: smalldose.net

Material Notes





Spring, Summer
Garment Type


Upcycled:Tie-Front Blouse

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    Aug 16, 2010, 11.24 AMby sewbissy

    Looks amazing!

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    Aug 14, 2010, 04.00 AMby loriquesada

    Gorgeous! If you ever get an inkling to make a tutorial, I know one sewing newbie who’d be all over it…. :-)

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    Aug 14, 2010, 02.33 AMby ellecubed

    wow! you have a real talent. amazing job!

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    Aug 13, 2010, 08.06 PMby tallykay

    i’ve been wanting to make a shirt like this. Yours looks great!

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    Aug 11, 2010, 06.39 PMby ink

    Fantastic! Love it and I agree with the other posts. This definitely does not look recycled. Great work!

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    Aug 9, 2010, 12.23 PMby sallyleigh

    Gorgeous! What a great idea…my fiance has hundreds of shirts he never wears…I will have to try something like this one day!

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      Aug 11, 2010, 10.02 AMby smalldose

      haha, you have to try it! It has completely changed the way I look at “old” clothing. I keep telling everyone to donate all of it to me!

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    Aug 8, 2010, 09.07 PMby nanakid

    I love it ,,, so nice

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      Aug 11, 2010, 10.01 AMby smalldose

      Thank you! :)

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    Aug 5, 2010, 10.26 PMby fmsarawlove

    Very cute! I love refashioned clothes, especially menswear turned girlwear. This is great <3

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      Aug 8, 2010, 07.41 PMby smalldose

      Thank you!! :)

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    Aug 5, 2010, 08.09 PMby Natalia *

    This blouse looks really well done. Im working on something similar for a romper Im refashioning. Im just having a bit of a technical brain fart. I have the bow pinned to the bodice right sides together, much like yours seems to have been. Yet when I tie a bow with the straps, the bow ends up on the inside. Im just wondering how you “exteriorize” (for lack of a better word) the straps/bow. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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      Aug 8, 2010, 07.41 PMby smalldose

      Hi Natalia! Thank you :)

      Hmm as for your bow, I am having trouble imagining it – do you have a picture by chance? Did you leave the tie unsewn to the collar around the V? I think that happened to me as well when I had sewn the tie too far down and too close to the V part. After unstitching a couple inches, the bow seemed to fall more loosely.

      If you email me a picture it could help…

      Ophelia K made a great technique for this as well:

      Good luck :)

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      Aug 8, 2010, 08.12 PMby Natalia *

      Thank you for the link to the tutorial. I figured out what i did wrong. I had basted the raw edges of the “bow” together and then stitched those to the bodice, right sides together, making the ties on the inside of the shirt, instead of the outside.

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    Aug 5, 2010, 07.03 PMby smallone

    ok hands down you win…. best ever men’s shirt to women’s blouse upcycle!!!!

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      Aug 8, 2010, 07.37 PMby smalldose

      aaah!! gee, thank you!!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 07.31 AMby laura oprea

    I really like what you’ve done with the shirt. Love it! Agree with Amberlove, it doesn’t look upcycled at all.

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      Aug 8, 2010, 07.36 PMby smalldose

      Thank you Laura! I think the only place where you can tell is right around the pocket. I cut the seam right through the existing pocket but think it kinda looks cool that way.

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      Aug 10, 2010, 05.28 AMby laura oprea

      It does look cool. I like it :)

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    Aug 4, 2010, 09.15 PMby Delightful Bina

    Ooohh, very nice! like :D

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      Aug 5, 2010, 04.02 PMby Delightful Bina

      And congrats!!! I just popped online and saw you’re featured in the projects on the homepage!!!! Yayy!!! _

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      Aug 8, 2010, 07.36 PMby smalldose

      Thanks, Bina! :)

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    Aug 4, 2010, 08.46 PMby amberlove

    I love it! I really need a blouse with a bow. And, it doesn’t look upcycled-great job.

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      Aug 8, 2010, 07.35 PMby smalldose

      Thank you! I love tie-front shirts..they go so well with work wear.

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