How to Girl Up a Man’s T-Shirt

Originally posted 2012-03-29 08:00:13.

Add Feminine Style to a Comfy Man’s T-Shirt

I really love those oversized “Flashdance” type of shirts… If you grew up in the 80s you totally know what I mean. If not, well, never mind! Anyway, today, I’ll show you how to “girl up” a man’s t-shirt, make it more feminine, and put your own design spin on a comfy garment!

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt

There are so many other ways to make a man’s t-shirt more feminine… crochet detail, paint, etc. can be added for a fun look!


  • A Man’s T-Shirt (<– affiliate link -mine is an XL)
  • Fabric Paint
  • A Stencil & Stencil Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine

The sewing part of this project is super-easy so if you’re a beginner, don’t fret! You CAN do this!!

Pre-wash and dry your t-shirt to remove any sizing from the manufacturer.

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt clean new tshirt

Pin the shoulder seams together. Make a semi-circle with your pins about where you want to cut the neckband out as shown in the photo and cut away the neckband.

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt pinning the neck closed

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt cutting the neck away

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt raw edge at neck

Using your sewing machine, sew a straight stitch or decorative stitch around the neck. This will keep it from stretching out too much! You can use matching or contrasting thread – its up to you!

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt hemming the neck

I used Plaid Simply Stencils and metallic foil for the screen print on my shirt. The stencils have an adhesive back so it won’t slip. If you are using a regular stencil, spray stencil adhesive on the back following the manufacturer’s instructions. You could probably tape the stencil to the shirt but it may still slip a little…

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt applying koi stencil

I applied the foil glue to the stencil and let it dry overnight. Wash your stencil immediately after painting or using glue!

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt applying glue for foil

After the glue is dry, the foil is applied and covered with a piece of paper, then ironed. This heats up the glue and the foil sticks to it. If you are using paint, use sponge “daubers” (little round sponge brushes) to apply the paint. Use an up-and-down motion rather than a side-to-side motion. This keeps the paint in the cut-outs of the stencil so it won’t bleed where you don’t want it!!

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt glue ready for foil application

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt applying foil

Here is another example of a shirt, this time with a pocket!

How to Girl Up a Man's T-Shirt another tshirt example

And that, my friends, is how to girl up a man’s t-shirt and make it more feminine… No need to raid his closet because men’s t-shirts come in a rainbow of colors and are so inexpensive!


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