DIY Cold Shoulder T-shirt Dress

 


In this upcycle tutorial, you will learn to make a DIY cold shoulder t-shirt dress. The design for this project features an A-line dress silhouette with a cold shoulder detail.

Compare the before and after photos. You will notice the top bodice has been narrowed to fit the body, and the skirt is left as an A-line shape. For this reason, its best to use an oversized tee for this refashion project.

diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress before and after

The skirt has a simple drape and flows nicely with the knit cotton material. In addition, the cold shoulder sleeves really add a cute accent to the dress. As a result, the dress is flattering for all figures and remains modest enough to wear for any casual occasion.

diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress photo 1

The design is super simple to execute. This upcycle t-shirt project is perfect for beginners to learn how to sew. Pick your favorite color oversized t-shirt and start to make DIY cold shoulder t-shirt dress for yourself!

 

Beginner DIY Fashion Projects

Transforming old clothes into new clothes is extremely fulfilling. Explore these fun beginner DIY fashion projects that will help guide your upcycled clothing journey.

If you’re looking for a challenge, here some more t-shirt to dress tutorials to pursue. However, tees don’t only refashion into dresses. From dresses to no sew tops, check out the variety of t-shirt upcycle ideas

Start by making this DIY cold shoulder t-shirt dress with me, and let’s take your recycle skills to the next level

DIY Cold Shoulder T-shirt Dress

DIY Cold Shoulder T-shirt Dress

This trapeze A-line silhouette showcases a cute cold shoulder feature that is perfect for a casual day during the hot summer season. Pick your favorite color oversized t-shirt and make one for yourself!

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Beginner

Materials

  • Oversized T-shirt
  • Fabric Chalk

Tools

  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Straight Pins

Instructions

  1. For the top bodice, flip the big t-shirt inside out and fold in half. Use a crew neck to copy the shoulder and armhole.
    diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress step 1
  2. Mark the under the armhole and draw a straight line to the hemline. Add ¼” seam allowance and cut.
    diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress step 2
  3. To cut the sleeves, use the discarded sleeve scraps. Lay the dress on top of the sleeve pieces to trace the armhole.
    diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress step 3
  4. Add ½” seam allowance to the top of the sleeve and then cut. Copy the new sleeve pattern for the other side.
    diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress step 4
  5. To sew the side seams, face the right sides together and ¼” topstitch on both side seams.
    diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress step 5
  6. To attach the sleeves, double fold the top of the sleeve and then edge topstitch. Match the side seam with the sleeve seam and sew ¼” topstitch.
    diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress step 6
  7. To make a diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress, slightly overlap about ¼” at the hemline of the sleeve. Double topstitch to secure the sleeve pieces.
    diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress step 7

Notes

The step by step instructions shows how to make a diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress! Love this style and the steps photos are easy to follow.

An oversized t-shirt works best to replicate the trapeze A-line silhouette.

This diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress is super cute and really easy to make. Follow along with this tutorial to make one for yourself. The beginners sewing project demonstrates fun ways to cut a shirt.

Soonjoo Uh

I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

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