How to Upcycle a Shirt with Statement Sleeves

Add drama to a simple shirt with statement sleeves. My step by step tutorial shows how easy it is to add statement sleeves.

I  usually avoid fashion trends because they fall out of favor way too fast, but I made an exception for the current statement sleeve trend.  If done right, a beautiful shirt with statement sleeves can have timeless appeal.

Here’s a quick and dirty overview of my statement sleeve refashion.

Dress up a shirt with dramatic statements sleeves. Step by step tutorial on how to upcycle a shirt with statement sleeves.

Step 1:  Cut sleeves of blouse

To make my statement sleeves blouse, I cut chopped the sleeves and removed the collar.

This Banana Republic shirt only cost me $3 at the thrift store.  I chopped off about two thirds of the sleeves.  I wasn’t feeling collar so I chopped that off too.

Step 2:  Cut skirt for statement sleeves

I used the lower half of a circle skirt to make the statement sleeves.

I used the lower half of a Forever 21 circle skirt for the statements sleeves.  I knew the high contrast of the black and white pattern would make the statement sleeves pop.  I’m a lazy sewer, so I reused the finished hem of the skirt to save time.

Step 3:  Sew sides of statement sleeves

Sew sides of the statement sleeves. I made the top of the statements sleeves the same size of the blouse sleeves.

I cut the top of the statement sleeves the same size as the blouse sleeves and sewed the sides.  The circle skirt I used had a natural flare to it, so I didn’t feel the need to gather the statement sleeves.  If you are using a rectangular piece of fabric for your statement sleeves, I recommend cutting it twice the size of your sleeve opening and gathering it for a poufy look.

Step 4:  Attach statement sleeves to shirt

With right sides together, attach statement sleeves to your shirt.

With right sides together, sew your statement sleeves to your shirt.


Upcycled shirt with statement sleeves made with a skirt.

This upcycled statement sleeve shirt only took me 1 hour to make.  It’s an easy project with dramatic results.  One small detail can completely transform a garment.

Easy upcycled shirt with statement sleeves refashion. This is a great project for beginning sewers.

If you’re new to refashioning, this is a great project for beginners.  Using thirft store finds kept the cost of this project down to $6.

How to upcycle a shirt with statement sleeves in less than 1 hour. Easy project for beginners.

With a little bit of effort, you can be fashionable and sustainably responsible on a very small budget.

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