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

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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.

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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.

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

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THAT, my friends IS IT.

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

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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!

 

 

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