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.
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.
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!
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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
- Oversized T-shirt
- Fabric Chalk
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric Chalk
- Measuring Tape
- Straight Pins
- 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.
- Mark the under the armhole and draw a straight line to the hemline. Add ¼” seam allowance and cut.
- To cut the sleeves, use the discarded sleeve scraps. Lay the dress on top of the sleeve pieces to trace the armhole.
- Add ½” seam allowance to the top of the sleeve and then cut. Copy the new sleeve pattern for the other side.
- To sew the side seams, face the right sides together and ¼” topstitch on both side seams.
- 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.
- 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.
An oversized t-shirt works best to replicate the trapeze A-line silhouette.
- Singer Heavy Duty 4452 Sewing Machine With Accessories, 32 Built-In Stitches, 60% Stronger Motor, Stainless Steel Bedplate, 48% Faster Stitching Speed & Automatic Needle Threader
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