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DIY Cold Shoulder T-shirt Dress

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In this upcycle tutorial, you will learn to make a DIY cold shoulder t-shirt dress. Make a dress without a pattern featuring an A-line silhouette with a cold shoulder detail.

If you’re looking for a challenge, here some more t-shirt to dress tutorials to pursue. Tees don’t only refashion into dresses, check out the best t-shirt upcycle ideas for more inspiration. 

DIY cold shoulder t-shirt dress before and after
DIY cold shoulder t-shirt dress before and after

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 and this upcycle t-shirt project is perfect for beginners to learn how to sew a dress. Pick your favorite color oversized t-shirt and start to make DIY cold shoulder t-shirt dress for yourself!

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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 sideview
Yield: 1 Cold Shoulder T-shirt Dress

DIY Cold Shoulder T-shirt Dress

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $5.00

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!


  • Oversized T-shirt


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


  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.
    Measure and mark the A-line silhouette with fabric chalk
  2. Mark the under the armhole and draw a straight line to the hemline. Add ¼” seam allowance and cut.
    Cut along the chalk mark to remove the excess fabric.
  3. To cut the sleeves, use the discarded sleeve scraps. Lay the dress on top of the sleeve pieces to trace the armhole.
    Use the discarded sleeves to make the new cold shoulder sleeves.
  4. Add ½” seam allowance to the top of the sleeve and then cut. Copy the new sleeve pattern for the other side.
    Trim the excess fabric from the sleeves to make them easier to work with.
  5. To sew the side seams, face the right sides together and ¼” topstitch on both side seams.
    Use the armhole opening to measure and mark the new cold shoulder sleeves
  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.
    Trim off the excess fabric from the new cold shoulder sleeves.
  7. To finish the diy cold shoulder t-shirt dress, slightly overlap about ¼” at the hemline of the sleeve. Double topstitch to secure the sleeve pieces.
    Attach the cold shoulder sleeves to the top bodice to finish the t-shirt dress.


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

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How to make a DIY cold shoulder t-shirt dress from a tee. The upcycle tutorial features step-by-step photos of the process for beginners to easily follow.

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