Men’s shirting fabrics are lovely & most used shirts are worn on collar & cuffs only, so they have lots of lovely fabric to work with.
This shirt was not much bigger than I am. I think it’s easier to use a very much larger shirt because you can just cut lay out a commercial blouse pattern on the cut up pieces & of you go. My way is trickier but fun.
This is the shirt before I did anything.
Cutting off the collar.
Starting the shaping. I used a dummy to help with the shaping but I had to keep trying the shirt on to check it looked ok.
Next, I cut down the double turn back cuffs to size.
Shortening. Done at an angle to make an interesting shape at the bottom of the shirt.
I cut some of the fullness from the sleeves, finished the edges with bias binding cut from an old sheet and changed the buttons.
And here it is: