DIY Blouse Refashion from Button-Up Shirt

By: Emma Jeffery from
Updated September 11, 2023
Blouse Refashion Idea
Blouse Refashion Idea
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Do you have a blouse in your closet that you never want to wear but with which you can't bear to part? This blouse refashion idea will turn your old blouse into a trendy off-the-shoulder shirt perfect for the spring and summer! This easy sewing project will transform the neckline of any shirt for a new and exciting blouse. You'll never overlook this shirt again as it will become a stylish piece of your wardrobe that you'll want excuses to wear. Try this DIY blouse refashion today and rejuvenate your wardrobe!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueSewing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Button-up shirt 
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Pins
  • Tailor's chalk
  • ¾” wide elastic
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears (8")


  1. Lay the shirt flat on your work surface.

  2. Using tailor's chalk, mark a horizontal line across the front of the blouse 1¼” above the desired finished height. Then draw vertical lines that run parallel to the sleeve seams of the shirt and connect to the horizontal line.

  3. Use the Amplify® RazorEdge­™ Fabric Shears (8") to cut along the marked chalk line. These shears can easily cut through thick materials, leaving a clean and precise cut each time.

  4. Fold the cut edge of the shirt over by 1/4” and press with an iron. Fold over again by another 1” and press again. Stitch the edge down, leaving a 4” opening on the shirt to insert the elastic.

  5. Insert the elastic through the opening and thread it through the entire top.

  6. Adjust the elastic length to size, cutting off any unneeded elastic and sewing the ends together.

  7. Stitch the opening in the shirt for the elastic closed and you're finished.

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I love this type of shirts. I think I saw Meghan wear one to that Wimbledon event. Upcyling a shirt like this takes courage, cut it at the wrong part and you ruined a shirt. This tutorial however is very easy to follow if you want that same off shoulder trend, you can cinche the waist or add ruffles to the sleeves using elastic.


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