Men’s Shirt to a Dress Refashion Tutorial

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Use this sewing tutorial to refashion a men’s shirt to a dress. Most of the details are already done making this the easiest dress to sew!

Recently, on of my friends gave me about ten of her husband’s button up shirts that they were done with. I made my refashioned shirt dress 4.5 years ago, and I even wore when my husband proposed to me!

I’ve always wanted to make a tutorial out of it, but I’m in a stage of life where my size and weight are constantly changing so I decided to make a simpler tutorial elastic waist version!

men's shirt to dress refashion

It is super comfy and “chasing kids” worthy. It can grow with pregnancy, or it shrink with post-partem. I love that it has nursing access, it has pockets, and it’s cute and fun!

men's shirt to dress refashion

I’ve decided this is the perfect dress for women, and it’s perfect for summer!

Don’t miss all these other dress refashions! This shirt dress is really similar to a button up shirt I refashioned into a dress with a piece of fabric.

men's shirt to dress refashion

Men’s Shirt to Dress Refashion Tutorial


Take the shirt that will become the skirt. Cut the sleeves off and cut a straight line across the top at the length you want with 1″ seam allowance.

Take the shirt that’ll become the bodice and cut it at your waist with 1″ seam allowance.

Men's Shirt Dress Refashion Tutorial

Line up the shirt with the skirt at the waist. Draw new side seams for the skirt and shirt. 

Sew up the new side seams separately, trim, and finish the edges.

(My shirt was pretty large so I cut them off and resewed them on at then end. You don’t have to do this if your shirt fits you loosely.)

Men's Shirt Dress Refashion Tutorial

With right sides together insert the skirt inside the bodice matching the waist seam.

Men's Shirt Dress Refashion Tutorial

Sew the waist together at 1″. Finish the edges.

Pin the seam allowance down (or up, no difference).

Men's Shirt Dress Refashion Tutorial

From the outside sew the seam allowance 3/4″ from the seam line. Leave a small opening.

Insert elastic into the opening and close the small opening.

Men's Shirt Dress Refashion Tutorial

That’s it! Enjoy your awesome new dress!

If you turn a men’s shirt to a dress using this tutorial, Iโ€™d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

men's shirt to dress refashion

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What if we like the original with the waistband? The super cute one you wore when you got engaged? Do you have a modified tutorial for that?

I don't at the moment. Sorry! I would just cut one off and sew it right over the elastic casing.

Very cute. What a great job on your remake. ๐Ÿ™‚

What a cute and easy refashion, thanks for linking up. Voting starts Friday, so come back (& tell your friends too!)

Really great idea to use two mens tops. I've only ever seen one XL mens top turned into a short little dress, that doesn't have much coverage. Love that this one has some length! Thanks.

Check out my sewing tutorials too if you get a chance!

I do believe this is the cleverist refasion I've ever gandered upon!

Wow! What a great transformation! Really turned out super cute!

Great photos of you, Heather!!!

One of the dresses I made recently finished the elastic casing at the waist in the same way. I thought it was so genius! The dress turned out great…love it ๐Ÿ™‚