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I always like to get a ‘Before’ picture when I do an upcycle, but for this shirt – I was so inspired by this variation bodice image Grogsgrain Fabulous posted, that I just started cutting and completely forgot!

It started off as a plain white button down shirt, and I turned it into this button up bib with flutter cap sleeve shirt for Madeline. This is definitely one of my favorite items in the collection…


I simply love how it came out! Of course when you upcycle you have an advantage by using pre-existing hemlines, so you naturally end up with a more professionally finished product. But this just ended up fitting so perfectly, and looking so stinking cute on! I couldn’t help but fall in love with it…




Of course it was rainy the day I wanted to take pictures. But that doesn’t make it any less cute :).

Want to know how you can make this upcycle? You will need an old Button Up Shirt to start, a shirt that fits well or bodice pattern piece for guidance, as well as your basic sewing essentials.

Let’s get going…

We will first be cutting the top of our shirt. Cut it to the desired length you want the shirt to be ultimately (this is specifically important for the back of the shirt.)

Unfold your collared shirt, and cut the front in an arc. Notice that you will be cutting in the middle of the sleeves for this.

Now, for cutting the bottom of your shirt – use the old button up’s hem. We will be using the bottom back of your old button up, cut to your desired length.  

Take the back of the shirt, and following the top bodice arc, arc the top of your shirt piece.  Also, be sure to finish off your armhole arcs on the sides. 


Let’s attach the shirt bottom now.



Hem the bottom of the back of your shirt. 

(Like my wavy weird hem line…yeah, let’s not talk about it. Lol)

With left over hem from your old shirt, cut out arcs for the sleeves. You want them to be about 1/2 the size of the actual armhole.




And finishing off the shirt…

And that’s it!

I feel like this isn’t my most coherent tutorial, so please let me know if you have any questions.  For some reason, I was having a really hard time describing it.  

(Might be the late hour I am trying to write it…HA!)

I highly recommend making one of your own, because I really do looooove this shirt!  I already know just how much use Madeline is going to get out of it this Spring / Summer.  In fact, I loved the shirt so much…that I needed to make a pair of pants to go with it – lol.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!