How to Make an Off Shoulder Top (style 1) – DIY Fashion Tutorial

Another simple recon tut, with a retro pin-up style flavor.

Difficulty:

03moderate


Step 1

Take your big t-shirt and grab a tank top that fits well.


 

Step 1

Step 1

 

Step 2

Put the tank on top of the t-shirt. Mark and cut around it. Don’t worry too much about the neckline and shoulder area.

 

Step 2

Step 2

 


Step 3

You should have two pieces that look like this. Sew up the sides and hem the bottom.

 

Step 3

Step 3

Step 4

Now cut across the chest. This is where your top band is going to attach.

It should be an inch or two higher than where the top of a tube top would hit.

Finish the “armholes” by turning the edges under and stitching or sewing a piece of trim around the edge.

 

Step 4

Step 4

 

Step 5

Cut a long strip of stretchy fabric. It should be the length of the measurement around your shoulders, minus about 2 inches.

You could use a wide piece of stretch lace instead, if you prefer.

EXAMPLE: cut a 38″ long strip of fabric if you measured 40″ around your shoulders.

 

Step 5

Step 5

 

Step 6

The strip should  be twice a wide as you want it to be.

EXAMPLE: if you want a 2″ band, cut a 4″ wide strip.

 

Step 6

Step 6

 

Step 7

Fold the strip in half lengthwise, with the outsides facing in. sew along the edge.

Step 7

Step 7


Step 8

Now you should have a long tube of fabric. Turn it right side out.

Step 8

Step 8

Step 9

Sew the ends together. you should now have a loop of fabric that will serve as the top band of your top.

Step 9

Step 9

Step 10

Mark the center back and center front of the fabric loop and the top and sew them together.

Done! It should look like this.

Step 10

Step 10


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5 comments on “How to Make an Off Shoulder Top (style 1) – DIY Fashion Tutorial
  1. JJ says:

    i <3 this idea

  2. alex says:

    i take it you can attach sleeves to this?

  3. Prasheila says:

    hi,

    your website is awesome… a great tutorial for all types. But in most you have used old t-shirts and tank tops.
    How can one make the same things with material? As you have not given measurements, and how to cut.
    Is there any other site which gives these details to interested 1st timers?

    It would help a great deal to people who want to DIY sewing.

    Thanks

    • Lex says:

      Most of the tutorials would work just as well with stretch knit fabrics. You would follow the same steps – in this case you would still use a tank top that fits you well to make your pattern. This negates the need for measurements, as each person would be different.

      There are also patterns available in the shop. A wide range of sizes is included with each pattern, as well as cutting and sewing instructions. There’s only one pattern up so far, but I will be adding more in the future.

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