DIY Off Shoulder Top

The weather's warming up lately and spring's kicking in! I've been seeing a lot of off shoulder tops in the shops recently so I thought I'd give it a shot.

selfish sewing craft summer spring blouse top

I looked through my fabric stash and thought this fun floral print would be great for summer!

diy selfish sewing craft summer spring top
Materials:

Cotton fabric (Lightweight fabrics e.g. voile, lawn will have a nicer drape)
Matching thread
6mm wide elastic

What to do:

1. Cut two pieces of fabric with the following dimensions:
  • Width: Armpit to armpit plus 4 inches
  • Length: Desired length of top plus 2 inches
2. Place both pieces of fabric right side together and sew along the side edges. Press both seams flat.

3. For the elastic casing, fold down slightly more than the width of your elastic from the top. Iron and repeat. Sew all around the fold, leaving a small gap. 

4. Cut a piece of elastic that fits snugly around the bust. Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the gap in the casing. When it comes out from the other end, stitch both ends of the elastic together. 

5. Sew the gap shut. Divide the gathers evenly and then stitch in the ditch along both side seams, securing the elastic.

6. Repeat Step 4 and Step 5 with the bottom, using a piece of elastic that fits around the waist or where you want it to sit. 

7. Cut two pieces of fabric with the following dimensions:
  • Width: Just below shoulder to shoulder plus 4 inches
  • Length: Desired length of overlap plus 2 inches
8. Place both pieces of fabric right side together and side along the side edges. Press both seams flat. 

9. Hem the bottom.

10. For the elastic casing, fold down slightly more than the width of your elastic from the top. Iron and repeat. Sew all around the fold, leaving a small gap. 

11. Cut a piece of elastic that fits snugly around just below the shoulder. Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the gap in the casing. When it comes out from the other end, stitch both ends of the elastic together. 

12. Sew the gap shut. Divide the gathers evenly and then stitch in the ditch along both side seams, securing the elastic.

13. Turn both pieces right side out. Slot the main body piece between the smaller piece and stitch together at several spots to hold them together. 


diy summer spring selfish sewing top blouse

And you're done!

2 comments

  1. how many yards of fabric should I get for this

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    1. 1 metre was more than enough for me. :)

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