Fast forward, or perhaps back a few years, when I will be / was sewing with the best of the them, the first stop would be the WWW, sourcing upcycle inspiration from the likes of pinterest, cut out + keep and similar.
Men's business shirts are often made using quality fabric (often 100% cotton) which makes up for the lack of interesting pattern or colour found in most shirts.
I have a round up here of 5 business shirt refashions that I've either had a go at before, or would like to, when time permits:
5 Business Shirt Refashions
1. The Sh-kirt
One of my favourites, turning a button down shirt into a skirt by removing the top and arms, under each armpit, then adding casing for an elastic waist. Project details here
2. Sleeveless Blouse
This was a project I completed following Extra Petite's DIY tutorial. Sleeves were removed, and armholes closed using bias strips made using the fabric taken from a removed arm sleeve. Darts were added for a better fit, and a I made a removable neck-tie using the other removed arm sleeve. Project details here.
3. Cuff Coin Purse
:: From upcycleyourlife ::
Cute coin purses made using the cuffs of old business shirts. These would be great to make using arm leftovers from another business shirt refashion. See more here and here.
4. Child's Dress
:: From Dana Made It ::
I adore this gorgeous child's dress, made using an old business shirt with an added yellow fabric waistband. See the full project and more stunning photos here.
5. Adult Shirt Dress
:: From MyPoppet ::
I just love this one hour shirt dress project by Cintia over on MyPoppet (who is by the way, currently sharing a Thrifty Kid sewing series that you really need to follow). Cintia took one of her own dress shirts, cut away each sleeve and a section from the bottom, and stitched in the bottom half of a dress she no longer wears. In just one hour, Cintia made herself a chic summer dress to wear. Imagine the possibilities using other combinations following the same technique. See Cintia's how-to here.
Readers, if you have any business shirt refashion favourites, whether they be your own projects or others, feel free to leave a comment below with a link.