I love a good fashion transformation and this is one of my favorites! I refashioned a long sleeve shirt into an absolutely stunning open back top. In just a few simple and easy steps I was able to create a stunning, fashion-forward top that has become an absolute closet essential. If you are looking for your next fashion upcycle, this tutorial is what you need! Follow my easy, step-by-step guide and get started on creating the most amazing open back top that can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
Make a Gorgeous Open Back Top From a Long Sleeve Shirt
Tools and materials:
Long sleeve shirt
The first thing I did to get this stunner of a top is mark where I wanted the open back to end.
I wanted to drop the neckline a little lower so I marked on the front where I wanted the neckline to be.
Next, I turned the shirt over and marked from the start of my open back to the top of the shirt. Using a ruler in this step would have definitely been easier!
I then used my scissors to cut along my markings including the lowered neckline! I could already tell this was going to be an amazing top.
I snipped open the bottom of my shirt and then drew two semi-circles along the bottom. I cut these to form the ties for my open back shirt so I made sure to leave them attached to the fabric and not cut all the way through.
I then drew a straight line across the shirt at the point where my open back would end. I cut along this line carefully avoiding the ties I had just made.
I folded the ties right sides together and sewed. I then made sure to turn the tie right side out and it had a beautiful, neat finish. I repeated this on the second tie at the back of the shirt.
I hemmed the edges of my new top to give it a neat and professional finish!
To create a neck strap for my amazing new shirt, I used the neckline of the original top since it was stretchy material. I made sure it fit and sewed it on across the back.
I am so obsessed with this open back blouse! What other long sleeve shirts upcycle ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments below!
- Long sleeve shirt
- Sewing machine
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