Introduction: DIY Off the Shoulder Top (No Sewing Required)
Very easy DIY transformation of a regular button up shirt into a trendy off the shoulder top with no sewing required! :)
Full video tutorial:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpB1OVzR-Zw
Step 1: Gather Materials
What you'll need:
- Button up shirt (not too tight)
- Thick elastic http://amzn.to/2lmgCEM
- Fabric glue http://amzn.to/2loeYlL
- Scissors http://amzn.to/2lpapZM
- Tape measure
- *Optional: needle and thread or stapler to secure elastic ends together
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Step 2: Measure & Draw
Start from the bottom of the sleeves/armpit of the shirt and measure/mark the point at which you want to cut the shirt. Make sure the spot is the same on both sides, then use a straight edge (I'm using an Oreo box) to draw a line across from one point to the other (see full video for example). Be sure to leave extra room for the elastic and glued edges later on. *I marked mine at about 4 inches above the armpit, but I could have gone to 5 inches.
Step 3: Cut
Cut the top of the shirt across the line you just drew.
Step 4: Fold & Pin
Fold the top of the shirt over the elastic and pin the fold down, making sure to leave about half an inch under the pin for the fabric glue.
Step 5: Glue Edges & Let Dry
Place a folder or piece of cardboard in the middle of the shirt so the sides don't end up sticking together. Then glue the edges of the fold down to the shirt. Be sure to leave 2 open holes next to each other (I chose an opening by the sleeve) because you will need to run your elastic through them later. Let the glue dry for about 4-6 hours.
Step 6: Remove Pins & Run Elastic Through
Once the glue is dry, remove the pins. Then secure a safety pin onto the edge of the elastic to make it easier to grip and run through the top of the shirt. Pull the elastic through the opening, slightly scrunching the shirt along the way.
*Note: The shirt I used was pretty thin so the fabric glue is slightly visible. If this happens, don't worry because it will not show much once the elastic is all the way through and the shirt is scrunched. If you prefer an alternative to the fabric glue, stitch witchery tends not to leave visible residue.
Step 7: Cut Elastic & Secure Ends Together
Once the elastic is all the way through, cut the remaining end off. Since the shirt I'm using was not that loose, I estimated where to cut the elastic based on how the shirt fit me. However, if you use a shirt with a looser fit, you may want to wrap the elastic around your shoulders first and mark it so you cut the correct length.
Then secure the ends of the elastic together. I chose to use a needle and thread, but you can also staple or tie the ends together.
Step 8: All Done!
When the ends of the elastic are secured together, scrunch the top of the shirt and you're ready to put it on! I folded the sleeves up to change the look even more. You may also choose to cut the sleeves into short sleeves. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! :)