No Sew Artist’s Smock

When I was young our teachers would ask us to bring in an old shirt from our dads’ closets to be worn backwards as a painting smock. I’ve adjusted this idea a bit to create a fun and stylish look. With a few cuts you can create a cute smock for your child – no need to pull out the sewing machine for this.

You'll need a menswear button-down shirt. Cut off the collar, cuffs, front placket and the bottom of the shirt (to create a straight edge rather than curved) and use the placket as a belt and you've got it.

The buttons and buttonholes on the front placket allows this belt to function quite well. You can adjust the size easily.

Cut off the collar, 1/2 of the length of the sleeves, the front placket and about 1/8 off the bottom.

Button the placket end to end to create an adjustable belt that buttons closed at varying lengths.

I folded up the sleeves a few times.

I’m listening to Amy Winehouse today.


  1. Pernilla Jansson  July 29, 2011

    Thank you!! I love your belt vase! Pernilla

  2. Julia  July 29, 2011

    Great idea! Bravo!

  3. Karro  August 1, 2011

    I love yor ideas. Simple but clever. Thanks for sharing/Karro

  4. Leah  August 1, 2011

    so cute – my kids wear a backwards shirt in very similar colors – I may have to convert it with this tutorial!

  5. dede  August 7, 2011

    I like your new picture… very becoming.

    • camilla  August 10, 2011

      Thanks Dede, My daughter took that photo – she is quite proud of it 🙂 C

  6. Denise  August 12, 2011

    This is such a great idea.