I found a really cute restyled shirt tutorial on Extra Petite, with a clever idea to reuse the material from each removed sleeve, to create a cute bow neck-tie.
Roughly using the same tutorial, I've make myself a sleeveless casual shirt, from this original business shirt:
A refashioned business shirt to sleeveless top for me. Sleeves removed, and armholes closed with bias strip made from the fabric of cut-off arm sleeve. Dart's added for a better fit. I did not go with a bow neck-tie, as did not feel the same style would suit this previously formal shirt, so instead, went for a removable straight neck tie, which I can take off if I decide not to wear it that way.
Using masking tape and bias tape market to cut bias strips.
The masking tape technique, found on Miss P's blog
I did not take a photograph of the neck-tie in the making. To explain; I used the bottom removed section of the shirt for this, sewing a long straight line on the wrong side of a doubled over strip, and stitched a diagonal straight line on each end. I left a gap in the middle of the strip to turn inside out, iron flat, and top stitch.
Shared with Ethical Fashion Bloggers up and coming refit challenge
PS There is a giveaway still running here on Recycled Fashion, to win some sets of Vintage-Patches. You can enter here.