Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Off the shoulder top tutorial

Off the shoulder top

Day 5:  How to make an off the shoulder top out of an old tee shirt 

This is my off one shoulder top, it is very easy to make
I think this is my favorite refashion I have done so far in my 30 day challenge.  I know it's only day five, but still. I love it because it is so casual and comfortable and only took a few minutes.  I could lounge around all day in my new of the shoulder tee or run too town if I need too.  Ok if you want to make one for yourself then fallow along and you will have one in no time.

This is how my shirt looked when I got it at the thrift store, not very flattering, but oh so soft.
Sorry my photographer was M.I.A

Below is a photo of how it will look when you are done.  You can make the off the shoulder effect as strong as you like.  You can also make the tie with as much flair as you like.

Step 1
Gather the supplies.  You will need.
  1. A shirt you want to refashion
  2. A shirt with a neck that is cut the way you like
  3. A rotary cutter
  4. A scrap of fabric
  5. A safety pin
Step 2
Lay the shirt you wish to refashion down.  Lay the shirt with the neck you like on top.  Then use the rotary cutter to cut the bottom shirt to match. Shown in the photo below.  
*Tip, If you are not sure how much shoulder you would like to show, it is best to cut a little off then, try it on.  You can always cut more away if you want to show more shoulder, but you can't uncut
Step 3
Now cut two little slits in the bottom hem of the shirt.  Cut the holes off to one side, that way your draw string will tie on the side.  Make the slits a little small because they will stretch when you are pulling the string through.  
This is how I cut my two small slits in the shirts hem
Step 4
Now get your long scrap of fabric.  (I used a hem cut off a shirt from a previous refashion that was in a color I liked)  Put a safety pin on one end of the fabric strip.  That way you can easily slide it through the shirt hem, that is now a drawstring casing.
This is how it will look when your fabric is threaded all the way around

TA-DA...This is how it will look when you put it on. 
finished off one shoulder shirt refashioned from a t-shirt 
Thanks for looking at my tutorial on how to refashion a tee shirt into an off the shoulder shirt.  If you have any questions please ask away.  I would love to know what you think, so feel free to let me know.

Thank for looking


  1. I love it! You are doing a great job refashioning. But I am super jealous of your view! Beautiful and so are you!

  2. Thanks Kim! I did use the air brush on my wrinkles ;) I took the pictures off my front porch! If you look close you can see that gravel road, it's my driveway. I sent you an email the other day and it keeps getting sent back too me. I sent it to this email Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com, the one that comes up at the end of your posts.

    Thank you so much