How to make a men's plaid shirt into a dress

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How to make a men's plaid shirt into a dress
Turn an old plaid shirt into a brand new dress. (Farmer image by Benjamin Huseman from

When a man in your life decides to get rid of his old plaid shirt, make some adjustments and you can have a cute new dress to wear. Not only will you be cutting down on waste by making use of old clothing, but you will also surprise your friends when you tell them that your adorable dress was once sitting in a man's closet.

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Things you need

  • Man's plaid shirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pins

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  1. 1

    Hold up the shirt so that the buttons are in the back.

  2. 2

    Place the shirt on your body so that the collar sits on your chest, directly under your arms. This is going to be the top of your strapless dress.

  3. 3

    Tie the sleeves in the back of your dress to get them out of your way. Button up the buttons in the back.

  4. 4

    Cut off about half of each sleeve. If it is a short-sleeved shirt, leave it alone. You must have at least five inches of fabric left on each sleeve. You will be crossing the two sleeves together later.

  5. 5

    Fold the edge of the fabric down and place a pin in it. Before you sew, make sure that your sleeves are long enough to intersect one another. Sew up the edges so that the fabric does not unravel.

  6. 6

    Pull sleeves together so that the dress is sitting snugly against your body. Pin the two sleeves together so that they criss-cross in the back. Remove the dress from your body.

  7. 7

    Sew the two sleeves together in the back making sure that the criss-cross in the back sits directly in the middle of the dress.

  8. 8

    Try dress on to be sure that it fits well on top.

  9. 9

    Cut any excess material from the bottom of the dress if it is too long. Fold the edges under and pin them.

  10. 10

    Sew the hem of the dress so that it is the length that you would like.

Tips and warnings

  • You may need someone to assist you in working on the back of the dress.
  • Any excess material can be cut and used as a matching headband. Sew the edges so that it doesn't unravel.

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