It’s 2017 and there’s no doubt in the world that the off shoulder trend is one we’ll be rolling over into the new year! You will also agree with me that of all the variations of this trend, the shirt style has to be one of the most trendy ones – So I just HAD to hook myself up with this gorgeous top by DIY-ing one for myself!
Now, if you love this trend as much as I do and want to own it in this style BUT don’t know where to get one, don’t want to spend money on a new top or you just want to try making one for yourself, here’s a quick tutorial on how I refashioned a men’s shirt into this trendy piece! But first… Here are the items you’ll need :
A men’s shirt – preferably one that’s not so fitted on you
A pair of scissors
1 inch width elastic band
Paper clip or Safety pin
A ruler or straight-edged item
A Sewing machine (or needle and thread)
Iron the top of your shirt so it’s completely flat and straight.
Using a ruler or a straight-edged object, draw a line across the top of your shirt about 1 inch away from the Collar.
Cut your shirt along the line you have drawn.
Turn your shirt inside out and fold it in on itself about 1.5 inches thick. You may choose to iron the fold down just to keep it in place ^_^.
Using your sewing pins, pin your fold down all around your shirt.
NOTE : The area around the sleeves will not fold as nicely as the rest of the shirt but don’t worry. Just create small pleats and pin them down. It will be concealed when you complete the shirt!
Sew your shirt along the bottom of your fold but do not let the beginning and the end of your stitch meet. You will need a small opening for the next step.
Using a safety-pin or paper clip, take a piece of elastic band which should be 1-2 inches less than the length of your shoulder’s circumference and attach the clip to it. Then pass it through the fold you made using the little opening. (see pictures below)
Once you’ve passed the elastic band through the fold and the clip emerges out of the other end, pin both ends of the elastic band together. Then begin to pull on your fold to get all the elastic band in it.
NOTE : Do not let the pin enter the fold as it will be hard to bring out.
Once all the elastic band is in your fold, sew the ends of the elastic together to secure them in place. When this is done, pull the rest of the band into the fold and your top is complete!
Here’s my final result! What do you think?
If you couldn’t follow the instructions completely, don’t worry! You can also watch me make this top on my YouTube channel – I also have the video at the beginning of this post, just incase you missed it ^_^.
Thanks for stopping by!