I’ve been LOVING the Off the Shoulder trend that’s been gracing my Instagram feed all spring, but haven’t found one that I love, or that fits into my budget.
If you read my blog, you know I often have those ‘I can make that’ moments. I was recently at a clothing swap in hopes of finding an off the shoulder or cold shoulder top. I was unable to find something, but I found this great button down blouse that was a bit too big for me, but had a killer pattern. I wondered, ‘could I make a top myself?’
With an idea in mind, I validated it with some research. It was certainly doable, and I definitely could execute it in just an hour. I was sold!
What You’ll Need:
- Button Down Blouse, a bit loose
- Sewing Machine (or use fabric glue!)
- Matching Thread
- 1/2″ elastic band (long enough to fit around your shoulders comfortably, plus 1 inch)
- Safety Pin
- Sewing Pins
- Lay your shirt on a flay surface. Decide where you want to cut your top. I chose approximately 6 inches from the collar. I marked my spot, and cut a straight line across, including both arms.
- Fold the shirt inside out. Create a tube by folding the top of the shirt (where you just cut), down 1 inch. Don’t forget to use a bit to create a hem!
- Pin your ‘tube’ all the way around. Move to your sewing machine. Using your pins as a guide, sew along the ‘tube’, remembering to leave an opening to thread your elastic through. Here is a GREAT tutorial on creating an elastic waistband, that can also be used for this situation. Just remember to include the arms!
- Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic, and thread it through the tube you created. With about 1/2″ overlapping on either end, sew the ends of your elastic together.
- Finish the elastic tube by sewing the fabric shut where you had an opening.