Shirt to 2-Piece Set UPCYCLE! | The Style Pile #14

Shirt to 2-Piece Set UPCYCLE! | The Style Pile #14

There is a box
In every crafter’s home That is filled with old unfinished projects
And stuff you thrifted in the hopes of upcycling. That becomes abandoned
That becomes forgotten Well this is the series that tackles that
forgotten box This is The Style Pile! This is an item that’s only been in the
Style Pile box for a couple of weeks now – it is a size medium men’s shirt. Luci recently took a load of his shirts to
the thrift store, but me, being the hoarder that I am, saved the ones with nice fabrics
to turn into cute clothes for myself! So I wanted to turn this gingham shirt into
a two-piece skirt and crop-top set. First, I laid the shirt down on to my cutting
mat and I removed the sleeves. And I’m going to save that sleeve fabric for
later! Next, I cut this now-sleeveless shirt in half
like this. The bottom half is going to be turned into
a skirt! So we will focus on the skirt first. What I wanted to do first was to make the
skirt fit me properly. So I turned it inside-out, leaving it buttoned-up
for now, and – oh yeah! There’s a spare button here! I took that off first because the button will
come in handy later! Anyway, then I took my waist measurement just
above my belly button. This is 33 inches. I halved this waist measurement, giving me
16.5 inches, and then lined my tape measure up with my skirt, so that the 16.5 inches
is exactly in the middle of the skirt. Then I drew 2 slightly curved lines extending
out from these two points, down to the folded edges of the fabric just below the point where
my hips start. Then, I sewed two lines across here, using
my serger to finish off the seams, although you can definitely just use a straight stitch,
and finish off the seams anyway you like. Now remember the sleeves that I cut off before? I’m going to use them to make a waistband. First I cut the cuffs off the sleeves. Then, I laid the sleeves out in a long straight
line, like this, matching up the checkers between both of the sleeves. What I’m going to do next is to cut out
a long rectangle from these pieces. The rectangle’s length is the waist measurement
I took before plus 2 and a half inches (making it 35.5 inches long) and about 5 inches wide. Now because there were two sleeves the rectangle
is in two pieces, so I sewed it together into one rectangle by placing these two pieces
right-sides together and then sewing along this edge with a half-inch seam allowance. Now, with this one long rectangle (which has
the dimensions 35 by 5 inches due to that new seam), I folded it in half lengthways
like this, and I sewed down this edge, giving me a tube, which I turned inside out quickly
using a bodkin (and I showed you all how to use a bodkin in my last video – seriously
these things are amazing and make turning tubes about one million times easier). Next, I ironed the waistband, unbuttoned and
laid flat the now fitted-skirt, and then I placed the waistband down onto the waistline
of the skirt, right-sides together, and I sewed it onto the skirt like this. The waistband ends extend a little bit further
than the edges of the skirt, so to finish them off I folded them over once, then twice,
so that the edge is in line with the rest of the skirt, and then I sewed over the top
to hold it in place. The next thing I had to do was to add extra
buttons up the top and bottom of the skirt. So I got one of the buttons from that tag
from before, I put it down on the waistband, lining it up with the other buttons, and then
I hand-sewed it on using a needle and thread. The other button, I cut off one of the sleeve
cuffs, and I attached that down at the bottom of the skirt. To make button holes for these buttons, first
I figured out where the button hole would go, so, directly on top of the button when
it’s closed and also in line with the other button holes. Then, I used my buttonhole foot on my sewing
machine – as you can see here, the machine’s feed dogs are getting a little bit stuck so
I’m kind of pulling it through with my hand – if your machine is healthy, that shouldn’t
happen! I don’t know why it’s happening, but anyway,
I still managed to make a buttonhole and it looks like this – which I then opened up
using a small, sharp pair of scissors. So the skirt is now done, the other half of
the shirt I’m turning into a cute crop top with ties! I unbuttoned the top and I laid it out flat,
and then I cut straight up both the side seams and the shoulder seams – but I made sure
not to cut through the collar. This gives me separate front and back pieces
to work with. First, I decided to cut straight down the
front here – and then I was like, why did I do that, that’s not anything… I’ve ruined my shirt now… so in an attempt
to fix it, I sewed the cut-off pieces back on. So don’t follow that part if you’re trying
to follow this tutorial. OKAY so the ACTUAL thing that I wanted to
do, to make the top fit me properly, is to lay the front pieces out flat like this, and
then I grabbed a fitted top – well, actually this is a dress but I’m just going to be
using the top part of the dress – I folded the top of the dress in half with the FRONT
facing out, and I’m going to use just the armholes and the sides of this fitted top,
NOT the neckline, as a guide to make new armholes and new sides on this gingham top. So, using this top as a guide, I’m going
to cut the gingham fabric here and here. I’m adding a whole extra inch to the seam
allowance around the armholes because I want to do a rolled hem, and I wanted to make the
gingham shirt a little bit looser fitting than this fitted demin top. I’m also angling those side lines a bit
further out like THIS because I don’t want the top to be as fitted at the waist as the
denim one is. Then, I folded this half of the front onto
the other half, using it as a template to cut out the other half, so that the two front
pieces will be identical to each other, just mirrored! I did the same thing for the back of the top,
laying the denim dress down on top of it so the back of the dress is facing up, and then
I used the armholes and the sides – not the neckline – to make imaginary cutting lines
around the top like this, again leaving one extra one inch of seam allowance around the
armholes and extra room at the sides, making it kind of flare out at the bottom, which
I then cut out using my rotary cutter. Next, I placed the front pieces down on top
of the back piece, making sure it was right-sides together, and I sewed it back up at the shoulders. And then, once the shoulders were sewn, I
matched up the sides of the front and the back pieces and then I made new side seams
by sewing them together like this. Then to finish off the armholes, I hemmed
the raw edges of the fabric. I did this by turning the top inside-out,
and then folding the fabric at the armhole down like this. Where the fabric was curved around the armhole,
I made little slits in the fabric to make this hemming easier. And then I hemmed all the way around the armholes. When I was done that, I folded the hem over
again to create a clean rolled hem. Lastly, I’m going to use these pieces of
the sleeves that I still had leftover to make some ties at the front of the top. I laid each of these pieces underneath the
front part of the top, matching the end up with the side seams, and then I cut this bit
of fabric so it tapered off towards the bottom edge of the top to create a continuous line
between the ties and the top. I left the fabric thicker in the middle of
the tie here, instead of making it a straight rectangle, so that I’ll have a bit more
coverage at the front of the top – the idea is to make the front of the top have a slightly
curved hem – you’ll see what I mean soon! I then flipped this piece over, placing it
right-sides together with the front of the top’s bottom edge, and I sewed it on like
this. I repeated this for the other side… And now I have these two ties at the front
of my top. The very last step was to serge all around
the raw edges, using my overlocker here, and then I folded these edges up inside the top
about half an inch and I used a straight stitch to make a hem. And with that, I was done! So here’s the before and afters! [Music Plays] I think this new outfit has a very cute, flirty,
summery vibe – and it’s absolutely perfect for the end of summer here in Sydney. I also think that it has quite a vintage-feel
and looks pretty cute when paired with red lipstick and some dramatic cat-eye eyeliner! I hope that you liked this episode of the
Style Pile and that it helps give you all some inspiration in upcycling clothes for
yourself, and tackling your own box of unfinished sewing projects! Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you all
next time! Bye! Thank you to all of my supporters on Patreon
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84 thoughts on “Shirt to 2-Piece Set UPCYCLE! | The Style Pile #14

  1. this video made me figure out something. I was upcycling a pair of thrifted shorts and I made button holes by hand bc I couldn't make my machine work… then I sew ( 😉 ) this video and realised I didn't use the right foot.

  2. I would LOVE to learn how to make this. there is literally nowhere else I can find this that has my size and i have no idea what to do. lol

  3. Hey Annika, I think it'll be better if you not wearing them at the same time. Not being rude, but try to mix and matching them. I bet it'll look good 😄😄😄

  4. I think it'd be really cool if you did a make/thrift/buy for that push up bra that laces up in front. I've only found it on fast fashion sites!

  5. After watching this, I now find myself turning a women's shirt into a shirt dress for my neice….awesome idea, thanks!

  6. oh there is so mcuh nice clothes you can wear, I live in the west part of norway where its not always a good thing to dress up in thin clothes not even in the summer when max temperature can be everything between 15-30 celsius 🙁 I wish it was warmer

  7. Hey Annika, can you post/link a picture or two of that denim dress? I've been planning a denim top in a similar style, but I can't find anything like what I'm looking for! Thanks for the great diy, too!

  8. Damn these videos are alternately encouraging and discouraging. On the one hand, it's cool to see what you can do at home! On the other hand, buying fabric/finding stuff big enough to upcycle is IMPOSSIBLE ugh :'^(

  9. omg yes!!! I tried to make something like this last summer, winged it and it went horribly ahaha. I'm so glad you shared this, will definitely try this again this summer (its currently -20 here in canada 🙁 )

  10. ur so tiny annika lol. I have a hard time upcycling in this way bc my hips laugh manically at men's narrow clothes.

  11. ELLAAAA i just got to the end of the video and freaked out bc ur dog is awesome!!! My dog has wire-y fur like she does and you adopted her at about the same time I adopted him!!! They're like trans-hemisphere twins to me lol.

  12. Hey Annika! I was thinking of replicating this super cute two-piece but I was wondering if it's necessary to cut off the arm sleeves? I'd much rather have a short-sleeved crop top than a sleeveless one. Would that be ok

  13. I think it probably needed some bust darts at the bottom because it's a bit gapey but otherwise cute 🙂

  14. I had a few rodeo shirts that a friend gave my mom and she gave them to me! I'm totally going to try this, but go for some retro shorts instead of a skirt!! Thanks!

  15. Hello there… Amazing and super creative people
    I want to do Luna Lovegood's lion hat and I want to do it as a plushie cuz I want to keep it, so , if anyone has an idea of how can I make please comment!
    I have fabric and ribbons, I know I'll use those materials

  16. I love how she shows her real measurements and all her mistakes. You are a real inspiration and genuine person! Gorgeous and fabulous LOVE YOU ANNIKA!!

  17. instead of putting a button at the bottom of the shirt, could you just sew the front and back together to make high waisted shorts?

  18. Hey Annica, I have been watching your videos for almost a year now and today I finally tackled this project! I am super proud of the outcome although it's not even near to being perfect, but I feel really good about it and I will definitely try to do some of your other projects in the future! Thanks so much for you hard work and your great videos, you're a huge inspiration for me. Lots of love to you!

  19. great idea!!!! only thing I would change looking at the finished product is to skip the curving on the front ties. it kinda made the top appear to hang a little oddly

  20. Annika Victoria, could you do a tutorial for making button down shirts sleeveless? I thought this video might help but there are a lot of unnecessary steps for just altering the sleeves 🤔
    I have a lot of blouses that I love but don't wear bc the sleeves don't flatter my arms. I used to have a sleeveless blouse that I absolutely loved but they are so hard to find in shops!

  21. You're so good at recycling. I would prob never attempt any of your projects but I really enjoy watching you do it 🙂

  22. i notice you have 2 sewing machines?. i really like making my own clothe's cause being curvy is hard to fine pantes and dresses that fit me!. i have made many of your style pile and make thrift buy! thank you so mush for making a youtube channel. love you!!!

  23. Omg LOVEEEEEEE !!!!!! My dude TOTALLY has shirts like this Before one ; I'm totes stealing yr idea !!!!!!! Yassssssss Clueless Vibes ! 90s Feels !!!! LoveLoveLOVE !!!!! NeedNeedNEED !!!!

  24. I use to always think "how do people grow huge 'style piles'??" And now after cleaning my closet out half of my fabric bin is old clothes… lolol

  25. I'm probably the biggest shirt hoarder; I had over 60 band shirts alone and probably an equal amount of graphic tees, before I gave 99% of my graphic tees to good wills
    (still working on my band shirts, but I just know I'll wear those 20 something 5sos shirts someday, even tho I don't listen to them anymore)

  26. If you don't have a fitted shirt, or dress, can you just wear the shirt before cutting it and take it in? or should you just cut a little off, sew it, try it on, and take it in after?

  27. Hi everybody ! I'm reallyy new at sewing and I'd like to try and crop a button-down shirt but it think the fabric will fray. I use my mom's old sewing machine (which is not really willing to do anything but straight and zigzag stitches) and as I'm new to this and do want to buy all the fancy accessories such as pinking sheers (which are pretty expensive in Belgium where I live) so I was wondering if simply doing a double hem with a straight stitch would be enough to stop the fraying and create a neat hem? 🙂

  28. I just made one sleeveless blouse from a men's shirt…I don't like cropped tops, but I like using men's clothing to transform because they're often really long

  29. I LOVE IT! I got that same shirt at a goodwill. Now I know what to do with it. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, blessings!

  30. Oh my gosh, you’re so pretty and talented. I love your videos and I’m thinking about learning to sew things so your videos are very encouraging

  31. When I use my buttonhole foot, I have to drop the feed dogs so the buttonhole foot can do its magic. I think yours may be the same and that's why you had to fight it. Be careful as you can really muck up your tension and even the motor doing that! I love your videos! Cheers doll!

  32. This exact thing was super popular in WWII, especially for children’s clothing because they go through clothes so quickly it was hard to keep up on the ration. There are really cool patterns for basically upcycle an old or unsuitable for wear men’s suit into full outfits for a boy and girl.

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