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Boys Henley Tutorial: Men's Shirt Upcycle

I only finished one item yesterday because I made a tutorial! Yay! I forgot how much time it adds to a garment to stop and take pictures every step until I compared this to everything else I've made this week. I made a boy's Henley shirt using pieces from a men's shirt. It makes the Henley quick and makes it look good! 
1. Cut the band and collar and some of the front button placket off of the shirt.
2. Unpick the collar and discard. Unpick the band from the shirt and keep. Trim the edges of the shirt next to the button placket to 3/8".
3. Cut a yoke into your front piece at the underarm seam.
4. Cut the yoke on center front and cut an extra 1/4" from each side. (This section taken out will be replaced by the button placket.)
5. Match the right side of the placket to the right side of the yoke and left side to the left side. Line up the snap so it is in the middle of the yoke.
6. With right sides together sew the placket to the yoke at 3/8". Finish the edges.
7. Do the same to the other side.
8. Connect the snaps and pin the yoke to the bottom front of the shirt. Sew and finish the edges.
9. Sew the back to the front at the should seams. Finish the edges.
10. Measure the band around the neckline to determine how much it needs to be cut down. (I took out a total of 4".)
11. At the center back of the band, pinch out what you measured. The band will be in two pieces, so you will need to sew each one.
12. Pin the band onto the placket and neckline. Sew the band onto the neckline. Topstitch the top edge of the band to close it.
Assemble the rest of the shirt and your done! I added little cuffs to the sleeves and plaid stripes up each side and underarm.


  1. This looks so good~ thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Love the mix of fabrics!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this evening that links to your tutorial:

  3. Heather...this is awesome! And I love your fabric combo!

  4. What a great way to reuse a men's shirt! I love how you didn't have to put in snaps or buttons which is what stops me from making henely's. I wanted to let you know that I'll be featuring this post on Sewistry next week! Here's the link http://sewistry.com/2013/10/diy-tutorial-boys-henley-from-mens-shirt. <3 Palak


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