DIY - Off the Shoulder top from oversized men's shirt

Hello! It's been a few weeks since my last post, and I'm excited to show you one of my new DIYs using an oversized Men's business shirt. These are so easy to come by; whether you thrift one from your local op-shop for a few dollars like I did, or grab an old one out of your boyfriend's closet there is an abundance of these shirts. 


Off the shoulder tops and dresses are the flavour of the year, and now that Melbourne is (almost) warm enough to wear them, I've noticed they are everywhere. I love the simplicity of this DIY. All you need is an oversized men's shirt, a piece of elastic, and your sewing machine or hand sewing skills. 


I originally thought this would make the perfect off the shoulder dress, until that is, I put it on and realised it was way too short! Made for a funky, oversized off the shoulder top though. To complete this DIY:

  1. You'll first need to cut the top of the shirt off; I cut just below the second button. 
  2. Lay your elastic down on the fabric, and pin a hem which is slightly wider than the width of the elastic. I used 2 1/2 cm wide elastic. 
  3. Sew around the hem, making sure to leave a little section where you can thread the elastic through. 
  4. Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and thread through the hem you just created.
  5. Sew the ends of the elastic together once you have thread it through, and then sew up the hole of the hem.   

I also added a couple stitches so the sleeves stay rolled up as my shirt was quite oversized, but it's up to how you want to wear it. You may like to have the option to roll the sleeves up or down. Depending on the look you're going for, a belt would be a great addition for a more structured shape. 


Happy thrifting and DIYing! Let me know if you have any DIY challenges you'd like me to tackle :) 

Mens shirt: Thrifted $3
Jeans: Nudie Denim
Clog sandals: Thrifted $6
Sunnies: Borrowed from my photographer friend

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Em xx