How to make an off the shoulder t shirt

Written by leah perry
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For an efficient combination of easy-to-wear, statement-making clothing, select an off-the-shoulder top. These slouchy yet flattering shirts have a hidden bonus in that you can easily make your own using items you already have in your closet. Without even taking out a sewing machine, transform an old, worn-out T-shirt into a customised off-the- shoulder top designed perfectly for your body.

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Things you need

  • Oversized T-shirt
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Put on an oversized T-shirt and stand in front of a mirror. Make a small mark on each of your shoulders to indicate how wide you want the opening of the shirt to be. Use your bra straps as a guide for how revealing your neckline should be.

  2. 2

    Remove the shirt; lay it flat on a table with the front facing up. Smooth out the shirt so you can see the marks clearly.

  3. 3

    Make a small cut into each of the marks on the shirt using very sharp scissors. Make the cut big enough to allow the scissors to slip inside, but no wider.

  4. 4

    Slide the lower tip of the scissors into the left side cut and make a long, curved incision to the notch on the right side. Cut only through the top layer of the shirt. Cut as close to the bottom of the neck binding as possible.

  5. 5

    Flip the piece of the shirt that you have cut away to reveal the uncut back of the shirt. Follow the first cut and cut through the back of the shirt. Remove the cut-out fabric.

  6. 6

    Try on the T-shirt to ensure the fit of the new neckline by pulling the shirt off one of your shoulders. Take the shirt off and make another cut to widen the neckline if it is not loose enough. Keep trying on and widening the cut until the shirt drapes easily off of your shoulder.

Tips and warnings

  • Cinch the waist of your shirt with a belt or high-waisted skirt to give your new top a more flattering silhouette.
  • Do not make your fist cut too wide or you will not be able to make any adjustments if you don't like the fit.

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