I have had this dress shirt for a few years now. I originally bought it because I loved the fabric, but it was a bit to big for me, so I never really wore it. I have been admiring all the summer tunics that have been in style this summer, so I decided to make the top into a tunic.
What you will need:
- dress shirt that is two sizes too big for you
- seam ripper
- matching thread
- straight pins
1. Remove the collar with the seam ripper. Re-stitch the along the top where the collar once was.
2. Remove all the buttons from the top.
3. Measure 6″ down the front and mark with a pencil or a straight pin.
4. Turn shirt inside out. Align the front button panel with right sides facing. Secure with pins.
5. Stitch just on the inside of these button panels, starting at the bottom and ending at the mark you made in step 3. Iron seam open. At the top, the button panels will be folded in half.
6. Stitch the top of the folded button panels at 1/4″ (or smaller if the button panels are smaller).
7. With the shirt inside out, measure 6″ (more or less for shorter or longer sleeves) up each sleeve and mark with a pencil or straight pin. Cut sleeves at this mark.
8. Fold cut sleeve over at 1/2″ and iron. Stitch along sleeve edge at 1/4″.