Saturday, 11 June 2016

1-Hour DIY Off-The-Shoulder Top

Off-the-shoulder tops are everywhere this season, but if you're looking for a way to buy into the trend without buying something new, why not 'shop' your own wardrobe instead? If you've got an old, oversized shirt lying around (top tip - check out your boyfriend's collection) then with a bit of DIY know-how and only 60 minutes you could turn that unworn and unloved item into your new favourite wardrobe staple.

What you need:
An oversized shirt
A needle and thread/sewing machine
A measuring tape (though you can also do this by eye)

Step 1:
Roughly measure how long you want the shirt to be and add 2.5cm/1 inch onto this for a seam allowance. Lay the shirt out flat on the floor and cut around the top, with a slight angle for the sleeves (this will stop it slipping off your shoulders). You can also remove any pockets and cut off the bottom of the sleeves to make them shorter, but remember to also leave extra room for hemming the edges.

Step 2:
Fold over the edge of where you have just cut twice, to create a channel for the elastic to go through. Pin it in place and sew down either with a machine or by hand. Remember to LEAVE A SMALL GAP where you will insert the elastic.

Step 3:
Attach the elastic to a hair grip and pass it all the way through the new channel you have created. When it comes out the other end, gather up the material by pulling the elastic tighter and test that you are happy with how the shirt fits. You might need to adjust the elastic to make it tighter or looser.

Step 4: 
Make a knot in the elastic when you are happy with how the shirt fits, and cut off the ends. Sew the gap closed and hem the ends of the sleeves, if you have cut them shorter.

Step 5:
Turn the shirt around so that the front is now the back. And that's it! A new off-the-shoulder top in less than an hour.

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