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Before & After: Men's Shirt Into an off the Shoulder Dress

DIY Style Aug 13, 2015

Men's Shirt Into An Off The Shoulder Dress

It’s been the summer of off-the-shoulders in every conceivable way, shape and form.

And we’ve been DIY-ing them over and over, trying to find the perfect method (see here, herehere and here). Recently a pit stop at our local second hand store overflowing with men’s shirts gave up a light bulb moment – this before and after project. Quite simply it’s the easiest DIY version of the off the shoulder possible. You literally just cut the neck and shoulders off a men’s shirt and elasticate the top edge. And you can create a top or a dress depending on how big your shirt is. We loved them so much we made them for all the girls in the studio!

1

Draw a line across the front of the shirt from the shoulder.

2

Cut along the line so that you cut off the top of the shirt. Measure and cut how much elastic you will need to wrap around your shoulders.

3

Fold the top of your garment inwards to create the gathered neckline and pin it in place.

4

Sew along the bottom of the folded section to create a fabric tunnel. Leave a gap about 5cm at the start/finish that we will use to insert the elastic in later.

5

Take something like a wooden screwer or chopsticks to help insert the elastic into the fabric tunnel you made earlier. Thread it all the way through until the elastic appears on the other side.

6

Sew the elastic together.

7

Finally, cut or fold up your sleeves.

And… you’re done!

Thanks for hopping in the pics with me Sarah!

Photos by Bryant Lee.

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