Super easy DIY off-shoulder dress from a t-shirt

Summer’s just around the corner. It’s time to bare those shoulders, ladies.

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Today’s DIY is brought to you by the Instant Gratification League of America, because it’s fast, cheap, and easy. It’s also warming up to be a nice summer, and vacation is just around the corner. The off-shoulder trend is also mad hot right now. I’ve always been a fan (ahhh…fond memories of my 80’s Jessica McClintock formal dress, ahem), because I love to give off the occasional shoulder roll just for kicks. You don’t need to be a professional seamstress either. If you can sew a straight line, you can get those shoulders rolling in this maker-friendly frock.

Let’s get started!

You will need:

  • A large t-shirt (raid your closets, I’m positive you’ll find something there)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing thread
  • Elastic – the length depends on how comfortable you want the dress to sit around your shoulders


Cut the shirt just below the crewneck line in a very slight crescent across the shoulders. You don’t have to be too precise because that’s the beauty of this project: any mistakes are nicely hidden by the gathers you’re about to create for the neckline.


Make a casing for the elastic by folding over the neckline and sewing a straight line forever. Make sure the casing is wide enough to fit your elastic. A little tacking helps first.


Insert your elastic. Stitch the ends of the elastic together and stitch the casing close.


THAT, my friends IS IT.


Put it on and take slightly pretentious but totally spontaneous photos of yourself so you can post it on your blog.


I’m excited to wear this with some strappy sandals or casual sneakers, or barefoot on the sand.

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30 minutes, and zero dollars later, I have a new dress that I can’t wait to rock this summer. I don’t even have to lose the baby weight because it hides everything but the shoulders. Win win!



One thought on “Super easy DIY off-shoulder dress from a t-shirt

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