+ Turn a men’s polo into loose top with fun buttons refashion (and it’s reversible!)

As I was mentioning before, my older brother is moving away (so sad) and was cleaning/DI-ing/packing for his big move. And luckily for me, they donated all their clothes to my cotton & curls refashioning charity. This Polo was one of the tops and I’m a sucker for stripes. I love flipping shirts backwards, it creates kind of a blank canvas in the front and a party in the back. By the way, this top is also reversible!
A little bit of family is in town and I took advantage with my little brother as my photographer and Beck as the entertainer. He is hilarious. He seriously tells these elaborate stories about sharks or bears and can go on for a good 20 minutes. These two bottom pics are of him talking about a shark and his big teeth. This kid has an imagination that doesn’t quit!

polo shirt
sewing machine
1. Cut off the collar.
2. Match the side and shoulder seams up and cut a deeper neckline
3. Try the top on inside out, and mark where you want the shirt taken in then lay the shirt flat inside out, and pin the side and sleeve.
4. Sew the markings or where you wanted it to be taken in, then cut it out. Remember, that knit doesn’t fray in most cases, and if you cut it pretty close, then it won’t be an annoying seam if you don’t want to serge or add a zig zag stitch to the edge.
5. Cut the bottom how you want to hem it (I decided later to do a rounded edge)
6. Hem the bottom up from 1/2″ to 1″.
7. hem the neckline in about 1/2″. You may need to stretch the knit here and there to create the perfect neckline.
8. Replace the buttons for a fun color. Because I want to add more then the original amount of 3 buttons, I just the middle button thing closed, then added as many buttons as I wanted.


  1. That is awesome!
    I love it :)

    x Liesi

  2. That is so cute! How do you come up with these things?


  3. This is amazing! I absolutely love your tutorials, they are so imaginative but also really easy to follow. I’m going to have to go and ‘borrow’ lots of my brother’s tshirt, I can’t wait to do this!

  4. Super cute! Can’t wait to try it.

  5. Love it!
    Iwanna make it!

  6. Great refashion! Love the new buttons too.

  7. oh my gosh, cutest idea! I’m sooo doing this!

  8. you make it look so easy…maybe one day I’ll give it a try.

  9. Very cute! I am going to try this on some of our old polo shirts! Great job!

  10. Amazing….you are truly so talented! What endless possibilities one could do with this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    The Mrs. and The Momma

  11. This is a really nice idea! I’d love to try this out this weekend. Only, I don’t have a polo at hand… But I might change that. 😉

  12. This is so lovely!!!!

  13. I <3 it!! I had to Pin it!! Thanks!! :)

  14. GENIAL!!! Te sigo desde Argentina!!! me encanta tu blog!! besos!!!

  15. This is so pretty! I love the yellow buttons :)

  16. So cute! I’ll have to raid my hubby’s closet for options!

  17. loving your gold toms right now. I wasn’t too interested in those shoes until I saw the gold years ago, they were the first pair I bought. I probably wore them every day for a summer! They are ragged now, but I love them, and still wear them. perhaps it’s time to invest in a second pair.

  18. oooh this is sooo adorable! I’ve seen men’s button down re-fashions (which never get old) but I’ve never seen a polo refashion! How lovely!


  19. Those yellow buttons are such a nice addition. Always such an inspiration.


  20. So cute! Unbeliavable that something like that can be made from an old (ugly) polo shirt!:)

  21. i must make this! it doesn’t even look a refashion! great job!

  22. This is so wonderful!!!! I feel like I want to raid my husband’s closet and make it into my shirt. So clever!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Heyy!i was always wondering,what are you doing with your hair- it looks more than AMAZING all the time!

  24. WOW! Couldn’t even tell you’re pregnant when you’re facing front. You look great, oh and the tutorial is awesome!

  25. I am so happy that I was introduced to your blog. I found out that I am pregnant about a month ago and you have shown me that there are ways to be cute and preggo. I am looking forward to sewing some cute things!
    -Cristal (I interviewed for you when you were looking for a seamstress a few months ago. :)

  26. so cute! but how do you wear it with a bra, the neck line is so wide? I’m a little slow, haha 😉 too cute though!

  27. Your tutorials are so fantastic. Always very easy to understand, and not these incredibly time-consuming projects either, so thank you! Also, you make a lovely pregnant person.

  28. Great transformation!

  29. This is GREAT. I’m going to try this on a couple polo’s handed down from hubby, but I really hate the way they fit. I’m not sure I understand what you did with the sleeves, but I’m going to improvise. Thanks for sharing.

  30. That little guy at the end looks like he’s telling the most interesting story. Cute!

  31. I did something similar 2 halloweens ago. Cut up 2 long sleeved tees one black and the other red) and made a star trek uniform. 😛

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