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Easy DIY mens shirt refashion into off the shoulder top

mens shirt refashion into off the shoulder top

And our off-the-shoulder obsession continues! For this DIY we'll be refashioning a classic oversized mens shirt. Yesyes suuure there are already lots of tutorials out there for mens shirt refashions, but they are just SO easy to get hold of and the look is so flattering that we reckon there's room for just one more to join the interwebs!

All you need is: 

  • 1 oversized mens shirt in a lightweight fabric 
  • Your usual sewing supplies
    (sewing machine, matching thread, pins, fabric shears, pinking shears, tailor's chalk) 
  • 1 spool shirring elastic 

OK! Let's get refashioning.... Just follow our video or step-by-step tutorial below :) 

 

1. 
Extend the lines of the yoke across the tops of the sleeves on both arms. This will be your cutting line. NB You need to cut off your collar at this stage! So, if the yoke line is higher than the bottom of your collar, just redraw your line lower so that it is underneath the bottom of your collar. 

line drawn on mens shirt refashion for cutting

2.
Now cut along that line. 

mens shirt cut at yoke for refashion

And the bit you cut off should look a little something like this:

cut off collar and yoke of mens shirt

3.
Now cut down the top edge of your sleeves.

top of the sleeve cut mens shirt refashion

4.
And press your neckline raw edges in by 1/2" and then again by a 1/2" before pinning into place.

raw shirt edges pressed and pinned for shirt refashion

5.
Now stitch down your neckline hems, keeping your stitching as close as possible to the folded edge. 

hemmed neckline mens shirt refashion

6.
Match up your shoulder seams and pin the front and back of your top together at this point.

match up shoulder seams of off the shoulder top

 

shoulder seams pinned of mens shirt refashion

7.
Trim the tops of the sleeves so that they match and cut off the sleeve placket. 

trimmed sleeves of off the shoulder refashion 
8.
With shoulder seams matched up and right sides together, seam along the top of your sleeve. 

seamed sleeve of mens shirt refashion

9.
Pin the sleeves together at the shoulder seams and just double check the length matches.

sleeve length check off the shoulder top

10.
Hem your sleeves like you did your neckline. 

sleeves hemmed on mens shirt refashion

11.
Wind the shirring elastic onto your bobbin by hand, taking care not to stretch out the elastic. 

shirring elastic for off the shoulder top

Once all setup with the new shirring elastic bobbin thread, it should look a little something like this: 

shirred effect mens shirt refashion

12.
Line up the right-hand side of your machine foot with the neckline hem stitching, stitch a straight line right the way around your top. Remember to backstitch at the start and end of your line of stitching! And be sure to sew with the right side facing you, the shirring elastic is your bobbin thread and you need that to come out on the wrong side of your top. 

sewing with shirring elastic for off the shoulder top

Then when you've finished your first row with the shirring elastic, you simply line up the right-hand side of your machine foot with that row and repeat! We've gone for five rows of shirring in total for both the look and to make sure there's enough tension to hold the shirt up on your shoulders. 

shirring elastic mens shirt refashion

When sewing all rows of shirring you need to make sure that you're stretching out the fabric at the back and at the front of your machine foot, to make sure the elastic is nice and taut as you sew. 

smocked effect off the shoulder top

 Five rows later is should look a little something like this!  

elastic off the shoulder top DIY

Here's a close up of the right side...

DIY off the shoulder top

...and the wrong side.

DIY mens shirt refashion

13.
Add two rows of stitches using the shirring elastic to your sleeve approx. 1.5" in from the hem. 

DIY off the shoulder top with puff sleeves

Now your shirt should look a little something like this and you're all done!

off the shoulder top from mens shirt refashion DIY

If you end up using this tutorial please do share your makes with us! Tag us on instagram with #byhandlondon or @byhandlondon and we'll find ya :) We love hunting down and sharing our sewists' creations, so keep a beady eye out!  

x

Charlotte

Comments on this post (1)

  • Aug 25, 2017

    This is really neat. Will have to try it this weekend. That is if I can get one of my husband shirts. Lol

    — Diana M. Dorn

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