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DIY up-cycled mens shirt





DIY Fashion: How to Upcycle Mens Shirts and Cargo Pants into Chic Summer Outfits,

Are you tired of staring at your closet, wondering how to update your summer wardrobe without breaking the bank? Look no further than the men's section at your local thrift store, or even your own closet! With just a few simple steps, you can transform outdated men's shirts and cargo pants into stylish and trendy summer outfits. In this article, I'll guide you through the process of creating a chic 2-piece crop top that will turn heads wherever you go, as well as adding quick cargo pockets to make any pants in your closet on trend. By upcycling your old clothes, you'll not only save money but also do your part for the environment. So, let's get started and discover what hidden gems you can transform into something new and exciting!


Gathering Your Materials

To begin your DIY upcycling project, the first step is to gather your materials. Head to your local thrift store or take a look in your own closet for old men's shirts and cargo pants that you no longer wear. Look for shirts with interesting patterns, textures, or colors that you can repurpose into a chic summer outfit. For the cargo pants, make sure that they fit well and are in good condition.

You'll also need a few basic tools such as scissors, a sewing machine or needle and thread, and fabric glue. If you're new to sewing, don't worry - this project is suitable for beginners and can be completed in just a few hours.

Once you've gathered your materials, take a closer look at the shirts and pants and start to envision how you can transform them into something new and exciting. It helps if you have a vision or reference picture in mind. I chose the following:



With a little creativity and some basic sewing skills, you'll be able to turn outdated clothes into stylish summer outfits that are sure to turn heads.

Now that you have your materials ready, it's time to move on to creating your 2-piece crop top.



Creating the Crop Top

First we'll start by trying on the shirt and button it all the way to the top. Next decide how low you want the button up portion to hang. I cut off the bottom portion of a button-up shirt just below the second button so that the bustier portion will show prominently. Then we'll sew the edges of the button up using a narrow hem.


Next we'll use the remainder of the shirt pieces to create a sweet heart neckline crop top. I used a old one that I had and used masking tape to create pattern pieces. (More details on how to do that here) https://www.sundaysareforsewing.com/post/diy-fringe-corset-and-coordinate-set


Once I had the pieces all cut out I measured my underbust and added an inch of ease and created a band to fit everything together.


Once you've created the basic crop top, you can embellish it with buttons, embroidery, or lace to make it truly unique. Pair it with high-waisted shorts or a skirt to complete the look. I chose to create cargo pants because I have been seeing them everywhere and really wanted a pair. I didn't want to buy another pattern so I used a Carolina pdf pattern I found on Etsy and assembled the pants at the side seams only, leaving the crotch open so that I could attach the pockets.



Now to create the pockets, which you can do on any pair of pants: I cut three squares and added box pleats down the middle then placed one along each side seam and one on the right front pant leg. I then cut three rectangles and folded them in half right sides together and sewed around the perimeter with the exception of one edge. I turned it inside out and top stitched. Then turn the raw edge in 1/4 in attach to the pants leg just above each pocket opening. To finish sew the crotch and inseam one leg at a time and voila!


Styling Your New Outfit

To take your DIY outfit to the next level, it's important to consider how you'll style it. The great thing is that both these pieces can be styled together or separately.

When it comes to accessorizing, be careful not to go overboard. Choose one or two statement pieces, like a chunky bracelet or oversized earrings, to complete your look. Keep in mind that less is often more.

With your new outfit complete, you might still have some leftover fabric from your upcycling project. Don't let it go to waste! Check out the next section for some additional upcycling ideas that will keep your creativity flowing.




Additional Upcycling Ideas

With the rise of fast fashion and its impact on the environment, upcycling has become a trendy and eco-friendly solution. If you're feeling inspired to upcycle more clothing, here are some additional ideas to get you started:

1. Turn a denim jacket into a stylish vest by removing the sleeves and distressing the edges.

2. Transform an old sweater into a cozy beanie or scarf by cutting off the sleeves and sewing the edges together.

3. Give new life to an outdated skirt by adding a layer of tulle underneath to create a playful and feminine look.

4. Use the fabric from a thrifted dress to create a one-of-a-kind purse or tote bag.

5. Create a unique statement necklace by stringing together old buttons or beads onto a piece of wire or string.

Remember, upcycling is all about creativity and resourcefulness. With a little bit of imagination, you can turn any old piece of clothing into something new and exciting. So, keep your eyes open for potential upcycling projects and let your creativity run wild!,

Transforming old clothes into new and stylish outfits is not only a cost-effective solution but also a sustainable way to reduce fashion waste. With just a few easy steps outlined in this article, you can breathe new life into old mens shirts and cargo pants and create a unique summer wardrobe. So why not try some upcycling and see what hidden gems you can find in your closet? Remember, fashion is not just about looking good, but also feeling good about your choices. Let's make a difference and keep our planet green one outfit at a time. As the saying goes, "Reduce, reuse, and upcycle."

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