DIY Off the Shoulder Top | VIDEO

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
  • Scissors
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Finish the elastic tube by sewing the fabric shut where you had an opening.
  6. Voila!
  • This top is so, so beautiful – you did an amazing job!

    • Victoria Stacey

      Thank you! I’m definitely going to make a bunch more 🙂

  • I love off the shoulder tops and how diverse they can be. You can really dress them up or down for any occasion

    • Victoria Stacey

      It’s so true! I’m wondering if it’s work appropriate or not? Hmm

  • Oh what an awesome DIY!

    • Victoria Stacey

      Thank you!

  • mckenna bleu

    Cute idea! This diy turned out great!

    • Victoria Stacey

      Thanks! I’m really happy with it!

  • Oh my gosh I can’t believe you made it, soo soo cool!

    • Victoria Stacey

      Thanks 🙂

  • Omg please make me one, I am obsessed with off the shoulder designs and although I have so many, this one is just as lush . Amazing hack x

    • Victoria Stacey

      It’s so easy! I bet you could do it yourself!

  • Miss ALK

    What a great DIY! It turned out fantastic girl!

    xoxo A

    • Victoria Stacey

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Brie Watson

    Really cute!! I have no idea how to sew but this looks like I could follow it!

    • Victoria Stacey

      You could use fabric glue instead 🙂

  • Bella Bucchiotti

    How awesome is this!!! This turned out so good!

    • Victoria Stacey


  • This is a great DIY! Reminds me of a girl from college who would always create these great ruffled shirts from men’s button downs.

    • Victoria Stacey

      That’d be so cute!

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    this is perfect! i was looking to make an off the shoulder two piece out
    of white cotton poplin but i didnt want any ruffles of the elastic at
    the front i wanted it to be crisp and straight and i found your video!
    thank you soo much!! <3

    • Victoria Stacey

      Yay! Glad you liked it 😀

  • Cute idea! I love upcycling menswear shirts! xoRach |

    • Victoria Stacey

      Me as well!

  • Amy

    Love love love this tutorial! Always love upcycling shirts!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Alison Rost

    I’ve always wanted to sew .. mostly so I can make beautiful things like this. I’ve seen so many girls around campus sporting the off the shoulder look lately. It looks sexy and a lot like spring!

  • I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to seeing, so I dont see me being able to pull this of without a couple casualties in the form of shirts lol. That pattern is pretty killer though!

  • Greta Hollar

    This DIY is so good! You have such an eye for these things. I’m not creative enough.

    Greta |

  • Such a great DIY! I just get to impatient and am like well with the time I’m spending I can go buy this!

  • Jessica Lynn Martin

    This is a very pretty top and I think it is awesome you did this yourself. I like the style on other people, but not so much on me. I stink at making anything clothing wise. Great job at doing this!

  • Eloise Maoudj Riley

    I love DIY projects so I’ll have to give this one a try : ) love the cute off the shoulder idea. thanks for the inspiration to create!

  • Sami Mast

    Woah this is so awesome! I think it looks professionally done too!

    The Classic Brunette

  • OMG!! You are super talented! Such a cute look!

  • This looks like bought from a cool designer! Looks stunning!


    That looks real cool xx Will forward this to my cousin who wants something like this

  • Macarena Ferreira

    That is so amazing! I am definitely trying this with an old button down.

    xo //

  • This is so cool Vicki! I love how adventurous you are and how unique the top is!

    Laurel –

  • Los Browns

    Unique craft.