+ Men’s button up to Summery flowy tank top tutorial

This is a quick and easy way to transform your men’s top into a summery flowy button up tank. And if this tank could fit over my protruding belly, I would have slathered some sunscreen on and slipped this pocketed tank over a swimsuit with some jean cut off short shorts and a straw hat as I head off to the pool. Well, if I had a pool. Or maybe I would have worn it while lounging on my lawn as Beck splashed around in his little kiddy pool. Both sounds nice.
Check out Kate’s Summery tutorial she has in store today! 

Other tank to trace (if not feeling up to free handing it)
sewing machine
1. Lay a tank over the top and trace or free hand it and mark where you want to cut out the tank from the top.
2. Cut the straps and neckline out.
3. Cut the bottom to be rounded, then hem. You choose how wide you want the hem.
4. Hem the straps and neckline by folding it under just smaller then a quarter of an inch, then fold again a quarter inch and sew. Or you can just fold it under once if you don’t mind the fraying.


  1. This is adorable! I had had the idea to do this a while ago but kind of forgot about it and let it slip into oblivion… but now I definitely want to get it done!! I love how the fabric looks old and geeky on the men’s shirt but classy as the new tanktop!! :)

  2. Love it! I just scored some great men’s button-ups from the thrift store! I’ll have to try this!

  3. This is awesome.

  4. Brilliant, can’t wait to do this…

  5. How do you get the curved hems on the straps/neckline to keep from being wonky? (That’s a technical term, of course.) Once you iron does it work out? I found mine look funny…

  6. Great summer tank top! I wish I saw this before I gave away my boyfriend’s old shirts. Next time…
    I have the same question as Lauren Thursday.

  7. So cute! Love it all!

    Here’s how I’ve been handling summertime fashion!


  8. I love it :) I like quick and easy DIY :) Thanks!


  10. Hey is that a shirt that I gave you? It was actually your dads to begin with!

  11. My hubby has a couple of shirts he never wears, these will be re-fashioned ASAP.

    Thanks for another great tutorial!!

  12. Such a great idea! I think even I might be able to do this one!

  13. such a great idea, i’ll have to try this! i would suggest using a bias tape faceing for the curvy neck and armholes if it’s too difficult to turn and stitch cleanly.

  14. Love love love!! I’ve made tanks from t-shirts, but never a men’s shirt. This is great! I’m on my way to ask my hubby for a shirt that’s too big on him. Thanks for the inspiration! Come by The Southern Institute any time! I’d love to have you.

  15. such a great tank tops women! it looks good! I used to collect every color for every design in tank tops.Thanks for sharing us!

  16. This is great! I love the tank! I always see the men’s shirts smade into kids things, but not women’s clothes. Love it!

  17. I’m going to do this and add bias tape as a contrast. CANT WAIT!

  18. I just scored some men’s Hawaiian shirts that are bit small for the hubby. I wonder how they will look as a tank? I have always loved Hawaiian prints.

  19. You could make bias tape from the sleeves and use it on the arms and neck, if yours is too wonky.

  20. Good idea on making bias tape from the sleeves to use on the arms and neck!

  21. Takes me back to my creative Mom. She made something similiar to this in the late 50’s. She used the sleeves to make the panties and we had summer pjs. The sleeves when cut short and opened are shaped automatically like panties – just add elastic.

  22. Have to try doing it, great idea

  23. Great idea for recycle

  24. I just refashioned a freepiled blouse that was my mother-in-law’s and I did the same thing. I hope to post it on my blog some time. :) I love your blog and all the DIYs. And you look gorgeous, prego or not. :)

  25. You inspired me! I followed your tutorial(adding a little twist of my own) and I love the way my tank top turned out! I posted about it on my blog and linked to your tutorial. :)


  26. Love it.Always so many nice mens button downs at the thrift stores.

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  31. Andrea F says:

    I’m really wishing my hubby wasn’t a XXL…

  32. Hey superb idea to reuse men’s top into a summery flowy button up tank in such a easy way .. Thanks for sharing . Check out tank top

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  34. You can either roll hem the neckline etc, or make some bias tape using the sleeves. There are lots of methods for making bias tape from small pieces off material on Youtube.com

  35. Off to local thrift store to find me a demin shirt and so making this!

  36. I just did this using one of my favorite tank tops as a guide! I love it! I did have to sew darts in the armpit/booby area, but other than that, it was super easy!

  37. Crystal Hartmann says:

    Cute! Instead of bias tape, use the left over material to make your own matching bias tape, or, cut pieces that match your arm holes and neck hole about 1 inch wide, sew right sides together, cut slits along seam for stretch, fold those pieces in, iron and stay stitch…….which will most only make sense to this who sew (o;

  38. You could also serge the edges and turn under once, or even better just do a rolled hem stitch on it – maybe using a contrasting color for decoration?

  39. Becky Whitehead says:

    there is a pattern for an apron out of man’s shirt can I get that pattren

  40. My hubby and I are about the same size so I off to the thrift shop. Love this idea and can’t wait to make one.

  41. I do machine embroidery. I am envisioning some monograms or cute designs on some of these. Now to convince the hubby he will never fit in those shirts again! LOL

  42. Shannon says:

    My Father passed away and he had such an amazing wardrobe that I can’t wait to do this and feel close to him again.

  43. Judith Stalcup says:

    My husband passed away, recently, and I have a closet full of his shirts. I will, definitely, give this a try! Thanks for a great idea!

  44. Everything is very open with a clear explanation of the challenges. It was truly informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!


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