Introduction: DIY Sleeveless Button Down Shirt

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One of my favorite trends this summer is the sleeveless button down shirt, especially when tied in a cute little knot. I almost bought one today, but when I saw that it was going to cost me around $50, my self-control kicked in (rare when shopping...) and I put it back on the rack. I asked myself a question any "normal" fashion obsessed broke twenty-something year old would ask themselves:
Why spend $50+ when I can make my own???


Step 1: Supplies

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1. A button-down shirt
2. Scissors
3. Needle & Thread (optional)
4. Buttons (optional)

Step 2: Cut Away!

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Lay the shirt flat and start cutting along the seams.
(When cutting the left sleeve, cut to the left of the seam, etc.)
Do not cut the front and back at the same time or it won't be even.

Step 3: Remove Old Buttons (optional)

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If you want to jazz up your shirt even more, try switching up the buttons!
First, snip off the old buttons. Make sure you snip just the thread and not the shirt!

Step 4: Add New Buttons (optional)

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Sew on new buttons.
For more detailed instructions, see my DIY Fun with Buttons post .

Step 5: Finished!

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sleevelesshunk (author)2011-11-07

That is an adorable sleeveless shirt! I especially love the buttons and collar. Great job on the armholes, too! I have a white sleeveless button-down stretch shirt (95% polyester, 5% spandex) that I love to wear tucked into my navy blue pleated slacks with a nice belt. There's nothing better and sexier than wearing a sleeveless button-down shirt with a collar to show off my big, soft shoulders!

kingmii (author)2011-07-22

do you think a boy could where this? (author)2011-06-30

I wish I was a big producer and could say "hire her, she's going to be America's next hollywood sweetheart"

I love it

taransa (author)2011-06-16

Using a seam ripper, if you have one, is a bit easier to remove buttons and not cut into the shirt. Or embroidery/nail scissors, since they are smaller :)

chabias (author)2011-06-16

Very cute! I'm about to swipe some of Mr's shirts to make me some nice summer tops. This is a bit different from the "git-r-done" look my son likes. He BUYS new shirts just to chop the sleeves off! Going to dig through my stash of old buttons right now!

Carleyy (author)2011-06-15

Awesome project!!

sanjay117 (author)2011-06-15

dear !
you are very beautiful and lucky1
if woman here in india wear such a shirt, her life would be horrible
i respect america for such a freedom!
buck up!
very nice!

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Bio: My name is Amanda Holstein and I am a fashion blogger from San Francisco. I love sharing fashion and beauty tips, including totally doable DIY ... More »
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