Off the shoulder tops are everywhere right now and lucky for us crafty ladies it's one of the easiest refashion projects you can do. You can use a garment that's too large or even a bit too small and adjust the fit with the elastic on the shoulders. I cut off the shoulders of an h&m dress that I'd previously shortened into a top. The great thing is that the shoulders were a tiny bit too small and now it fits great.
Supplies you need:
• Sewing shears / scissors
• Elastic band (around 2 cm = 3/4" wide)
• Old top or dress with a loose, flowy fit
• Matching thread
Check the back of the garment to make sure there's no closure in the way. Try on the garment to determine where you want to cut it. Mark with pins.
Add seam allowance and cut to the middle front.
Repeat for the back.
Now flip the cut piece over to the other side and use as a guide.
Cut the other side, front and back separately.
Trim off any unevenness and check again that both sides are symmetrical.
Grab your bias tape and elastic. Try on the elastic around your shoulders to determine the length. I made my own bias tape from a matching fabric. Well, sort of matching anyway.
Attach bias tape along the raw edge.
Turn bias tape over to the wrong side, folding under the raw edge. Pin in place.
Leave an opening at the back for inserting the elastic.
Insert the elastic using a safety pin. Make sure to secure the other end so you won't lose it.
Check that there are no twists in the elastic and sew the ends together.
Try on the garment and if you're happy, finish by stitching the opening.
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