How to Turn a Man's Shirt Into a Woman's Shirt

by Reyna Perez

After much frustration with not finding a long enough button down collared shirt I could wear to work without having to re-tuck it every 5 minutes. Ugh! I took matters into my own hands!


  • 2 Shirts (men's & women's)
  • 1 Sewing machine
  • 1 Pair of scissors
  • 1 Thread to match
  • 1 Box of pins
  • 1 Pencil
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Regular men's shirt.

    Step 2

    Big. No shape. Not cute and/or flattering.

    Step 3

    My pink shirt that in using here so that it's easier to see in the pictures. Instead of white on white.

    Step 4

    Fits nice. I'm also using this to show you the way I want the men's shirt to fit.

    Step 5

    This is my only white shirt. See how it un tucks? Yes I do raise my hands over me head at work. I also file stuff so after I'm crouched down and then stand up. Re-tuck.

    Step 6

    Pink shirt= My shirt. I like the cut. Not long enough. White shirt= Man shirt I bought at the thrift store.

    Step 7

    Ok. First turn both shirts inside out. Flatten & smooth out the sleeves. Making sure the seams are both at the "bottom."

    Step 8

    Line up the shirts at the "wrists."

    Step 9

    Make sure they are lined up at the top as well as the wrists.

    Step 10

    Place your right hand flat near the shoulder area & hold it down.

    Step 11

    With your right hand still there. Use your left hand to "throw" the rest of the shirt over your right hand and expose the seam of the pink shirt.

    Step 12

    Trace the seam of the pink shirt. If you have a different color shirt you can use a pen or color pencil.

    Step 13

    Keep tracing the sleeve all the way to the wrist.

    Step 14

    We are NOT going to cut off the cuff. So draw the line to about where you see my finger.

    Step 15

    Step 16

    This is what it should look like.

    Step 17

    Remove pink shirt. Make sure both sleeves are smooth and flat.

    Step 18

    Pin the sleeves together at the seam.

    Step 19

    Make sure the sleeves are matched up at the armpit.

    Step 20

    This is what it should look like.

    Step 21

    Before you cut!! pin the sleeves together on the other side of the pencil line!! Remember that you must leave 1/2 inch for seam allowance. Then cut it!!

    Step 22

    Next! Your shirt should still be folded like this. Make sure it is smoothed out.

    Step 23

    Pull the sleeves inward to expose the armholes.

    Step 24

    Smooth out the shirt and line it up along the buttons. Make sure that shoulders are lined up too!

    Step 25

    Trace the edge of the pink shirt. Along the seam from under the armpit down.

    Step 26

    I like the width of this white shirt. So I'm not going to draw the line straight down. But to the existing seam.

    Step 27

    I added this after I cut it because I forgot to take a pic. But. This is what I mean about not cutting all the way down.

    Step 28

    This is what it looks like after you sew it. See how the side blends smoothly with the "non-cut" part?

    Step 29

    Ok. Back to work!! Remember to leave a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Cut from the bottom up. Remember it's from the bottom/side.

    Step 30

    Stop at the armpit!

    Step 31

    Cut the "sleeves" off along the inner edge. But slip your scissors in between the front & back to follow the edge better.

    Step 32

    Then you pin the top right at the collars.

    Step 33

    I JUST realized I forgot a picture. Oops! After pinning collars. You firmly tuck the pink sleeve in & as best as you can pull the seam out & pin it via along seams. Then trace it.

    Step 34

    This is what it looks like after all the cutting.

    Step 35

    See the sides together.

    Step 36

    See the sleeves closed.

    Step 37

    Turn the sleeves right side out.

    Step 38

    Pin the sleeves to the shirt. Line up the seams. Start pinning around. Then sew the sleeves on!

    Step 39

    Voila!! Did you notice I unstitched the pockets?!

    Step 40

    No UN-TUCKING!! Yay!

    Step 41

    Sexy!! I know!! Lol. JK. But please. Tell me how clear or confusing this is/was?