Channel Your Inner Hippy and Make a Peasant Blouse From a Button-Down Shirt

 Sometimes, I worry about myself.

Katie used to remind me quite often that it wasn’t the 70’s anymore.

Maybe she was right, perhaps I haven’t moved on.

I’ve always had a thing about off-the-shoulder peasant blouses. I think they are so cool. I think they have summer written all over them. I think they would look great with bell-bottoms. (Oops, did I really say that last thing out loud?)


The beauty is, you can easily make your own super cute off-the-shoulder peasant blouse from any old button-down shirt you may have in under an hour.

peasant-shirt before

All you need is enough 3/4 inch elastic to go around your shoulders and a button-down shirt with a pattern you like to get started.



Click here to see the entire tutorial.


OK, so maybe I didn’t love everything from the 70’s…..


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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11 Responses to Channel Your Inner Hippy and Make a Peasant Blouse From a Button-Down Shirt

  1. Mother Deer says:

    Great tutorial, Beth. I miss the 70’s too….at least the furniture and fashion part 🙂

  2. Barbara Ely says:

    Very cute! It also reminds me of some of the ’40s styles. Not that I have personal experience with that era! I heard about your fun sewing session last week…..while I was slaving away (having a blast) at work!
    I love the print on this top.

  3. LOL, I had those green fuzzy things all over my bathroom AND covering my toilet tank. I cringe to think about it. BTW, LOVE your tutorials and your book. I’ve been trying to refashion some men’s shirts for a while, and just realized how much information there is “out there” to do stuff like this. I’m a plus-sized woman, too, and it’s very hard to find any comfortable cotton clothes. I love using extra large men’s shirts to make other things.

  4. Dalia says:

    Look, 3 inches! Lol.
    Your blouse didn’t even remind me of the 70s, more of the Boho-Chic… definitely pinned if I find one of those floral old lady blouses at the thrift-store, where I often like the pattern but the blouse not so much.

  5. Rose says:

    LOVE this. Gonna have to try it. Bell bottoms were in for a hot minute when I was in junior high in… 2000? And I think they’re coming back AGAIN. So, you rock them bell bottoms, lovely! Cuz I think they would look FAB with this top.

  6. H says:

    I like a lot of stuff from the 70’s but perhaps not the wallpapers and carpets… :p Will save this link for the future, really like peasant blouses too!

  7. CraftyStaci says:

    It always cracks me up when I’m power-scanning Pinterest and see something cute but forget to pin it, then I come here and it’s yours! 😀 I’m just going to start checking here first!

  8. blaupause7 says:

    nice blouse – you are really doing well releasing your inner Hippie; and by the way, I don’t love this Special Kind of furniture, either

  9. Shona Warwick says:

    I love it! Off to the thrift store tomorrow to find one or two appropriate shirts 😀

  10. Maya says:

    hi! looks like you were ahead of the trend that definitely is part of our 2016 Summer Fashion! Thank you for the tutorial! I’m looking forward making this 🙂

  11. Maya says:

    ps. How funny – I came across this exact picture of the ’70’s’ bathroom along side some really funky male models in their underwear in boredpanda (I think) couldn’t help but laugh out loud! :)))))

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