Geneva Vanderzeil

Before & After: Men’s Shirt Into An Off The Shoulder Dress

It won’t be news to you that it’s been a summer of off the shoulders – in ever conceivable way, shape and form. We’ve been DIYing them over and over, trying to find the perfect method. 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!

You need:

  • Men’s shirt
  • Elastic
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

How to:

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

2. Cut along the line so you cut the top of the shirt off. Measure and cut how much elastic you will need by wrapping it around your shoulders.

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

4. Sew along the bottom of the folded section to create a fabric loop leaving room between the start and finish.

5. Take something like a wooden screwer or chopsticks and attach it to the elastic. Thread it thought the loop until the elastic appears at the other end.

6. Sew the elastic together.

7. Finally, cut or fold up your sleeves.

Photos by Bryant Lee.

Thanks for hopping in the pics with me Sarah!

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