Men’s Polo To Woman’s Bow Shirt Refashion

I had a goal this week to make myself a new shirt.  Sweet Success. I tried something a little different this time.  I forced myself to be patient and take my time.  I unpicked instead of just cut and actually thought through things this time.  Here is what I came up with.

Woman’s Bow Shirt Refashion Tutorial

I started with an XL polo shirt.  I got it for free from my dad.  He never wore it. Tags still attached. Cool.

I started off by unpicking the collar. I wanted to use the collar later for the bow so I was careful to keep it intact.

Then I carefully cut off the sleeves.  I  put the shirt on inside out and pinned it to take it in.

Using an existing shirt, I made a template for my new sleeve.  I cut my new sleeves out of the old sleeves using the original hem.

I pinned the new sleeves in and sewed them in leaving a small space at where the seam of the shirt bodice meets the sleeve.

Then I sewed the sleeves shut starting from the hem of the sleeve and sewing all the way down to the part that I took in of the bodice.  Hope that makes sense.

Now for the bow.  I was originally going to use just the collar but I didn’t want the bow to be too thin.  I salvaged some fabric that was left over from the sleeves.  I cut them to make them straight instead of curved and sewed them together.

I unpicked the sides of the collar and pinned each side to a side of the sleeve remnant. One end of the strips I angled and the other I tapered on both sides so that it would fit inside the new collar. I sewed them, right sides together and then flipped them right side out. I didn’t sew the tapered end shut.

I pinned the collar back together.

Inserted the tapered ends of the strips into the ends of the collar.

Using a zipper foot, I sewed the bow strips in and sewed around the collar.

My patience was rewarded!

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  1. Love this! So smart!

  2. So pretty…..great idea!

  3. cute think i’ll have to try it 🙂

  4. So cute, and so are you! I love your thread board too, what an awesome idea, someday I may get around to that one, cause’ lord my thread is A MESS!

  5. SO cute!!I never would have thought about that!

  6. so so cute! You are so clever! I love the pics too. You are too cute!

  7. Love it! Great job!

    I’ll re-post on my blog today!

  8. So cute! I’m gonna have to try that! : )

  9. This is so cute! I am your newest follower.

  10. Super cute shirt, you are beautiful! Thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!

  11. Very cute! Nothing like a good upcycle to get the creative juices flowing!

  12. It’s not very often I see an upcycle project I like….but I LOVE this one!

  13. this is genius!! i cannot wait to try this out.

  14. What a great idea! This is awesome! The hubs has a few shirts laying around that I may need to try this on…

  15. Wow this is so cute!! I’m totally trying this (I pinned it on my Pinterest), my hubby just gave me a bunch of his old shirts. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Seriously cute, it came out great!! I would love if you could link this up to my Delicately Constructed Friday!! Thanks so much!
    Have a great weekend!

  17. This is so cute! Love it!

  18. Wow! So creative! I never would have guessed it was a men’s polo!

  19. Cute! I’m saving this idea! (I found you via TT and J)

  20. very nice! I’m sure my boyfriend has a ton of old polos that need to be re-worked for me. yay. 🙂

  21. Very Nice! I know my boyfriend has a ton of polos that he doesn’t wear that need to be re-worked! Thanks for the how-to. 🙂

  22. This is a great idea! Thanks

  23. I LOVE this! So, so, SO cute! I’m with you–I’m always so impatient when I sew so I cut corners and cheat because I’m just too excited to see it finished. You did an amazing job and it looks fantastic on you!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  24. This is completely adorable! Love it!

  25. Fan-freakin-tastic! This is SUPER fabulous!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  26. This is awesome!! You look great!! Thanks for sharing!

    Here’s my link 😉

  27. I love this so much that I featured it on my blog today! You can check it out here:

    Thanks for sharing your great work! I love it!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  28. You did such a great job! I love the fun bow.

  29. Wow so cute!! I love this.

  30. Freaking love it. Looks like I will be raiding the hubbys closet.

  31. You did such a good job! This shirt is adorable.

  32. wow, that looks amazing! i LOVE the bow. you’d never know that was once a boring polo.

  33. I just have to tell you how amazing this is. Great job. I really want to try it but I am a little nervous to. I found this project through TT&J linky party! Thank you for sharing. Come say hi! I love new followers.

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  34. girl, that is such an amazing reconstruction! and you look too cute in it! I’m going to ransack my husband’s clothes (he has to many too-small polo shirts) and try this for myself! yay to recycling old shirts! i’m now a fan and follower!

  35. Love this–I wish my ideas turned out this well! Bookmarking to try making some cute work shirt. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Love it!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  37. saw this over at Maybe Matilda – very, very cute! And you look so adorable in it! Great job 🙂

  38. I totally would not guess that this came from a man’s shirt. Very cute refashion!!

  39. so genus! I love it.

  40. Wow! One of the coolest refashions I’ve seen! I’ll be sending my readers your way!

  41. I have been saving some of my dad shirts for 10 years. Now I know what to do with them. This is GREAT. Now I just need to get my sewing machine back for the repair shop!

  42. Awesome idea! And the shirt is completely pretty on you! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  43. This is so great, I’ve become your latest follower! Thank you for sharing this great tutorial, I have more than a few of these taking up space in my husband’s closet- now I’ve got a great idea on how to use them! 🙂 Heather @

  44. looks amazing! I tried a bow top before and it didn’t look nearly as good as this! plus I LOVE your stripes!!!

    Cardigans and Cookie Dough

  45. This is adorable! I don’t always love refashions but I can’t wait to try this one! LOVE IT!!

  46. Love it! You look gorgeous, lady!

  47. I love this!!! I just found your blog over at U Create and I’m your newest follower. I’ve been obsessed with refashions lately!

    Sarah @ This Crazy Blessed Life

  48. LOVE this! I might have to steal a few of my husband’s old polos. 🙂

  49. Absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE it! I feel like I am always featuring you on my blog, and I really don’t try to single certain blogs out, but your projects always catch my eye during the link parties!


  50. I don’t know if I can say that like that: “it’s to fall down so beautiful, I like so this.

  51. I love this SO SO much! you are so adorable too! great job!!!

  52. PS i’m a new follower now!

  53. I saw this posted on Twitter and was so excited to come and see some easy tutorial how to make this adorable shirt…
    by step 2 I was lost. {aw man!}
    adorable! just wish I had a little more sewing experience so I could attempt this.

    p.s. love your blog. love love love it. You’re the kind of gal I added to my feed list w/in seconds. 🙂

    Pamela @

  54. very cool (:

  55. friggin fantastic! Love it.
    New follower!

  56. What a great upcycle! I love the bow with the cute stripes. I have a party every wed called DIY under $5 on my site A Little Tipsy and would love to have you link up your fabulous projects!

  57. Great shirt! Thanks to you and your dad for sharing!

  58. Cute! Come and join our link party:

  59. Great tutorial!! I featured you today on my blog! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  60. very cool! I like the step by step photos – I get started on a project and don’t stop to take pix :/

  61. Stripes are so hot right now too.

    I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    Come strut your stuff.

  62. That is SO cute!!! I wish I had the patience for sewing. Funny, I have patience for other things, but not sewing. Though if I had a proper sewing machine that might change. Maybe one day!!

  63. Lisa, Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week! Love the new shirt!! I just wanted to let you know that I will feature you at tomorrow’s linky party! 🙂

  64. I love it! I have several of my husbands old polos that I’ve been trying to decide what to do with. Thanks for the tutorial!

  65. I still can’t believe our first party had over 300 links. I have a special give away planned for linkers this week.

    The party will run every Friday evening through Sunday night. Hope to see you soon at bacon time.

    Thanks again.

  66. Love it! What a great project and for you it was free! 🙂

  67. This is adorable! I might have to snag an unworn polo from my husband and give it a try!

    Amanda @

  68. Just posted my version and credited you!

  69. Oh, I saw this on Pinterest! So so cute!!

  70. This is absolutely amazing! I won’t be throwing away my husband’s polos any more!! I just featured this post on my blog today. Here is the link:

    Thanks for inspiring!

  71. HOLY CRAP! You are SO awesome! This is such a great idea. I love the bow it adds so much. Darling idea.

  72. I also have tried but not succeed twice…
    Anybody looking for Polo Shirts

  73. Its looks like a fancy and attractive t-shirts and i want know more about it..
    Mens polo shirts

  74. This is too cute!! Thanks for the idea! Just pinned it!

  75. I just found this on craftgawker app, and I love it!!!! I’ll try to do one for me, too!:)

    Great job!!
    Happy New Year!!!!

    Vio @ scribbles from journey

  76. I just wanted to let you know I featured you over at Blissful and Domestic today :>

    Stop by and grab a button

  77. This is quite good. I too use to stay in the Mens Polo Shirts, which is an excellent place to retire. thanks for sharing.

  78. Don’t want to throw old clothes because you care about wasting cash for a new clothes? Well this is the solution. Turning old clothes into brand new.

    I have plenty of Polo shirts in my collection want some?

  79. Wow! This is a great refashion! I was just given a stack of old polos and I was trying to find good ways to refashion them. This is the top of my list so far. It is really cute and looks amazing on you!
    Cucire Dolce

  80. Cute! This one will definitely be on my to do list! I can’t wait to look thru some of your other tutorials!

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  82. What a great idea! This is awesome! The hubs has a few shirts laying around that I may need to try this on…

    Mens Polo Sale

  83. Super cute!! I’ve got a couple of hubby’s old polos in my fabric stash and now I know exactly what to do with them. Thanks for sharing (^_^)

  84. Adorable!! Makes me wish I could sew worth a darn!! 😉

  85. Just saw this and thought it was adorable! I absolutely love it!

  86. xoxo nice

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