2 Ways to Turn a Men’s Shirt into a Chic Shirt Dress
Nothing like borrowing your man’s shirt, throwing a belt on and rocking it with a pair of leggings, right? Well, sort of right. While we love being scrappy, we wanted to take the DIY shirt dress even further with help from our sewing machine and a few key cuts.
– 2 oversized men’s button down shirts
– sharp scissors
– sewing machine
– optional: belts for accessorizing!
For our first look, we wanted to create a sweet little tank dress, perfect for Indian summer. We found this chambray-style red button down at a thrift shop. First thing to do is cut off the collar and sleeves (save the fabric).
At the top, fold over each side and stitch. Make sure to leave enough room to put a draw string through.
Finish the edges of the arm holes with a contrasting thread for some fun detailing.
Use scraps from the shirt sleeves to create two drawstrings. String through the top and tie on each end.
So cute! This is definitely on the short side for a dress, but pair it with leggings or skinnies and you’re all set.
Our next look is definitely a little more city girl. We found a super retro shirt with a geometric pattern, one that may have spent a night or two in da club. ;)
Cut triangles out at the shoulder. Pin!
To create a more feminine shape, create darts at the back. Then sew!
Belt with a little bling and you’re ready for a night out.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!