My back-of-the-bus tunic

Recently, while surfing the web, I came across this cute tunic, billed as the “back-of-the-pickup” tunic, from Modcloth. So, I decided to do a copycat refashion with a men’s shirt I had on hand.

Modcloth's back-of-the pickup tunic

Modcloth’s back-of-the pickup tunic

The advertising copy for the tunic was just so inspiring:

As you hop into the bed of your BFF’s pickup truck, you’re oh-so glad to be wearing such a downright adorable sleeveless tunic! … Style this tunic with strappy sandals and a pleated cotton skirt on those days when you just feel like taking a well-deserved scenic drive.

I was ready to jump on board. Although I didn’t have a chambray shirt at hand, I did have this thrifted patterned silk shirt, that gave me much the same summer feeling.

Thrifted silk shirt

This batik-y silk shirt came from my thrift shop.

To make my new tunic, I chopped off the sleeves and marked two points where I wanted the straps to go. I cut the back of the shirt straight across from armhole to armhole.

Cutting lines

Off with the sleeves!
Then I marked where I wanted to cut the bodice.

 I separated the collar from the yoke of the shirt and cut it in half—like so…

Snip!

Snip!

….and pinned it to the shirt like this (starting at the buttons) before sewing a seam all the way around the garment.This is how I pinned the collar to the rest of the shirt.

This is how I pinned the collar to the rest of the shirt.

This is how I pinned the collar to the rest of the shirt.

From the remaining fabric, I made two tunnel straps, turned them right-side out, and attached them to the points of the shirt. I purposely made them thicker than the spaghetti straps from Modcloth because I don’t like visible bra straps. And I fitted the tunic by turning it inside out and taking in the side seams.

Fitting the tunic

Fitting the shirt. I put a bra on my dress form so I could make sure that when I attached the straps, they would cover my bra straps.

 And voila. Here is my finished version. Since I don’t have a pickup (and neither does my BFF), I call mine the “back-of-the-bus” tunic.

As you hop into the back of the non-air-conditioned bus, you’re oh-so glad to be wearing such a downright adorable sleeveless tunic! …

My back-of-the-bus tunic

My back-of-the-bus tunic

Now, if only summer would arrive (and the bus), I’d be all set.

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3 Responses to Back-of-the-pickup tunic (Men’s shirt refashion)

  1. Karen says:

    Super! Looks great! Good job.

  2. Blanca says:

    You are very talented. That is a shirt I would buy off the rack.

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