How to Easily Make a DIY Off-the-Shoulder Top

Liana Hardy
by Liana Hardy
6 Materials
30 Minutes

Today I’ll be showing you a simple way to make a DIY off-the-shoulder top. Now that it's summer, I’m full of motivation to make something beachy, summery, and fun!

Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Longline sleeveless top with lining
  • Elastic band
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger
DIY off-the-shoulder top

This was how the original, oversized thrifted top looked before I decided to turn it into a cute off-the-shoulder top with a tied front.

Adding pins to the top

1. Pin the top to fit your body

The top was quite large on me, so the first thing I did was fold in the excess fabric while I was wearing the top, and mark where it needed to be taken in with pins. 

Placing the pins inside the top

Once I took the top off, I moved the pins to the inside of the top, so I’d know where to sew. 

How to sew an off-the-shoulder top

2. Sew the sides

I sewed down the excess fabric on both sides of the top.

Measuring the elastic straps

3. Measure and cut

I wanted to add elastic along the shoulder straps, so I measured and cut two thin elastic bands 35 centimeters (13.78 inches) in length. This is slightly shorter than the original length of the shoulder straps. 

Sew an off-the-shoulder top

4. Sew on the elastics

I sewed the elastics onto the inside of each shoulder strap, stretching the elastic as I sewed. 

Cutting the lining of the top

5. Cut the lining

Next, I cut the lining of the top to the desired length. 

Sew an off-the-shoulder top

6. Finish the edges

For the final step, I ran the bottom edge of the lining through the serger. This makes the hem look clean and prevents it from fraying. 

Off-the-shoulder top tutorial

Here’s the final result!

I hope you enjoyed this thrift flip transformation. I know I enjoyed creating this adorable DIY off-the-shoulder top. If you use my tutorial to make an off-the-shoulder top, I would love to see your results!

Suggested materials:
  • Longline sleeveless top with lining
  • Elastic band
  • Pins
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