Dress Shirt Refashion Lantern Sleeve Blouse

I’ve been trying to work my way through my a very large bin of my husband’s old clothes set aside for refashions.  Dress shirts are the best to refashion. I cut them up into large sections, saving collars, cuffs and buttons separately.  My son has gotten a few pairs of shorts, rompers and doll clothes for my daughter and this lantern sleeve blouse for myself!

This is my second go at adapting this self drafted lantern sleeve blouse.  You can see my last one here.  For this version I left the front plackets intact from the dress shirt and cut new facings.  I also left the pleat from the original shirt (under the yoke) on the back.  This version has a looser fit with a split hem and French darts.  Worn here with the new jeans I shared a week ago.

I’m envisioning a blue and white stripe cotton for my next iteration with a crossover front and wrap tie belt with a fully lengthened sleeve.

I have quite a few projects I’m working on at the moment.  A slow sewing project I’ve been working on for a month. A gorgeous tweed Chanel style Jacket from a Vogue (9250) Claire Shaeffer pattern (see on Instagram). Also some easy blouses and jacket patterns cut and ready to go. It just got chilly here this week and my wardrobe is sorely lacking winter clothes.

Plus MANY Christmas gifts! I love handmade gifts for the holidays.  A robe for my mother, a star wars make for my brother, Christmas PJ’s for the kiddos, and an embroidered gift for my father.  I gifted my daughter’s 1st grade teacher the cutest Lady Skater dress (that Ami designed in an interlock owl print) yesterday! LOVE how it turned out!

Back I go to work on my holiday gifts!  Wishing you a wonderful Holiday season! Happy Sewing!

4 thoughts on “Dress Shirt Refashion Lantern Sleeve Blouse”

  1. Do you have a pattern number in mind for the blue and white striped cotton?
    I would love that. Your repurposed white shirt is excellent! Thanks for
    sharing ideas.

  2. That French dart and bell sleeve are dynamite! Please post pattern advice if you ever get a minute, it’s that good! The idea of rescuing nice cotton from a men’s shirt also appeals to me.

    1. Thanks! That’s a really good suggestion. I’ll do another post soon showing how I drafted this.

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