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No-Sew Button-Up Shirt to Dress Refashion

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Warmth is finally here and it’s here to stay!  🙂  Huzzah!!!  

One of my favorite things about warmer weather is how nicely it pairs with a walk down Columbia’s Main Street to check out some fun local art!

When I found out there would be a Monsters on Main Street art crawl for April’s First Thursday on Main monthly art event, I knew I had to see them (and defend my fellow citizens if necessary)!

After work, I ran home for a quick costume change, but all I could find was this $1 thrifted shirt:

refashionista easy button up shirt to dress refashion before
I clearly didn’t look on that rack directly behind me. 😉

This is such an easy refashion, and it doesn’t involve one teensy bit of sewing!

First, I got rid of these little guys…

removed shoulder pads
I’ll miss you guys (not really)!

Then, I just buttoned the dress up except for the top button and tied the arms around my waist.

TA-DA!!!! Instant Dress!

button up shirt to dress refashion after
Don’t fret! I’m wearing a strapless slip underneath!

I was happy to see lots of people out and about, including The Godzilla Guy, Sean McGuinness himself!

Jillian Owens and Sean McGuinness
We ain’t skeered!

Other artists managed to make it out as well!

Jillian Owens, Faith Mathis and Blue Sky
It’s Faith Mathis and Blue Sky! 🙂

And of course, Arts Leaders are people too!

Lee from One Columbia
It’s Lee from One Columbia!

My tied-on dress stayed up just fine…

button up shirt to dress refashion after
I love that golden hue! 🙂

…and luckily those monsters kept to themselves!

monster traffic cones
Why can’t all traffic cones look like these? 🙂

So yes, this was a totally simple refashion, but I’m okay with that.  

Just playing with drape, twisting, and tying can really get your creative juices flowing.  

I plan on doing another refashion with this shirt that actually involves sewing, but I’ll miss my tied-on dress when this happens.  🙂


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16 thoughts on “No-Sew Button-Up Shirt to Dress Refashion”

  1. Love the color and the ingenuity of this outfit! 🙂 One thing I’m not quite sure about, though, is whether or not I like the fact that you can tell the tie is made out of sleeves. Regardless, it looks very flattering on you, and I’m continually inspired by your innovative creations! 🙂

  2. I do like this, and I’ve seen you do the same thing before, but usually you tuck the collar in… I like the look better that way. I do like that you leave the cuffs on, I think it adds interest. I just love this color too. Adorable summer dress. :-))

  3. I think that it would look really cute if you cut the cuffs off of the sleeves and tied the knot, then sewed it to the front of the dress. The cuffs just hanging there are a little awkward. It’s a cute color though. I love yellow. 🙂

  4. I absolutely love this look!!! You look amazing and you’re working that mustard shirt…dress! 🙂 i love how you turned a boring button up to a chic dress! Great job! Im so glad i was referred to your site because i love it! 🙂 check out my website if you get the chance 🙂 i really appreciate!

    • My guess is the strapless undergarments are doing some of the work. I know I have some tube-top dresses that I have to wear a very good strapless bra with, one that will stay up and in place on its own because it’s exactly the right fit. She was also probably lucky with the shirt’s button placement and fabric (probably requires JUST the right amount of stretch). Also, body type will play a big part here. If you have trouble with strapless in general this is gonna be difficult.

      • Agreed. Love the color on you, Jillian. But the long sleeves hanging out are not flattering. I’m not a fan of these button up refashions. I see them all over pinterest and (it’s not personal, promise!) I just don’t like the look of it. Can’t wait to see what you make out of it though! 🙂 A skirt would be really cute on you.

  5. You were the most colorful and creatively dressed of the evening. You need a big fun temporary tatoo that says your blog address for outings like this.


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