31 Days: Instant Dress!

tunic top

Does your husband/Dad/relative/friend have a button down shirt in good condition they no longer use? Or two? Or three?

I’m going to show you several ways to re-purpose a men’s shirt to make a dress, a skirt, or an apron!!

Here’s how to have a new strapless dress or tunic top using a men’s long sleeve shirt!!


Step 1:

With the shirt unbuttoned, center the shirt collar on your back and wrap it around under your arms. The buttons land in front and button it wherever you find it comfortable.

If you use the buttons further down, then tuck or roll the shirt above where you buttoned.


Step 2:

Button all the buttons (make sure they line up – or not. In my case they did not line up, but you can hide that it doesn’t match pretty well)!

Now the sleeves are at your sides.


Step 3:

Wrap the sleeves to either side and tie into a knot or bow.



Or, try some other styles!!



tunic top

tunic top (with Grecian back)



Grecian back

If you don’t mind sewing:


Awesome tutorial from Ruffles and Roses


Another cute skirt from Blue Babes Create

Another cute skirt from Blue Babes Create


Apron tutorial from Gabriel's Good Tidings

Apron tutorial from Gabriel’s Good Tidings

Beginner Level sewing:

Easy and cute shirt from DIY Maternity

Easy and cute shirt from DIY Maternity




  • Heather Tovey

    Oh wow! You look stunning in that shirt. I’m impressed! I’m definitely going to have to try this out, though I might go with that 2nd skirt for now since I’m still nursing. Beautiful job!
    Heather Tovey recently posted…Friday Links: 130+ Thanksgiving Recipes

    • BetsyPool

      Thanks! Yeah, my husband wanted me to wear it out that day. He thought it was pretty cool too!

  • Jan Pool

    Cute Cute Cute!

  • Caren with a "C"

    Very versatile shirt! Love the skirts!
    Caren with a “C” recently posted…Halloween Paper Pieced Pillow Ideas

    • BetsyPool

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m going to go have a look at your blog!


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