How to sew an off the shoulder shirt

As I told you already in the "Who I ampart, sewing is one of my greatest passions. I’ve been doing it since I have been 7 years old. Within the time the things I made became more and more complicated like Corsages or elaborate dresses and skirts. However, I think that patterns don’t have to be very complicated to look beautiful! I came up with patterns which are very easy to implement (with a tiny little bit of sewing experience). I will explain you step by step what I did and how to reach a great result! If you have any question please let me know!

This season off the shoulder shirts where all over! I saw them in the shops and thought all the time that it can not be SO hard to make them on you own! I gave it a try and the result really convinced me! This is why I decided to share it with you!

Enjoy my first sewing tutorial: How to sew an off the shoulder shirt!


What you need:

Tailor’s chalk
Elastic Band (the length of the band depends on your size. Put it around your shoulders and make sure that it is a bit tight that it won’t slip later)
Sewing Cotton
1 m Fabric (145cm wide; I would recommend you a cotton fabric which is a bit stiff)

1. Fold the fabric that the left side (the unattractive side) is outside. Put some pins at the edges that nothing will slip out of the place later.

2. Draw the pattern on the fabric with the help of the tapeline. This is a very simple pattern which just consists out of geometric forms.

Tip: Most of the fabrics (at least in Europe) are 145cm wide. Just measure 55cm, draw a line and cut it there. Afterwards you can cut the piece where it is folded that you have 2 pieces (each 72,5cm x 55cm).

At this step I usually seam the edge of the fabric that the threads of the fabric stay where they are. When I was younger, I never did this and I regret it badly because I cannot wear some of the pieces anymore.
If you are not having an Overlock machine, use the zigzag function of your sewing machine (like I always do as well).

3. Now you baste the sleeves as you see it here on the picture:

4. Sew the sleeves and baste the rest of the Shirt like shown here on the picture:

5. Now you pin a tunnel on the top of the shirt for the elastic.

6. After you sewed the tunnel, you put in the elastic. Make sure to pin the end of it that it is not going in. In the end sew the two ends of the elastic band together.

7. Now seam the edges of the shirt and you are ready!


    • Theresa.Rudzki

      Hi Liz 🙂
      I am so happy you like the post and wanna start sewing now too! 😉 YOu should really give it a try!

      I just had been on your blog! I loooved it! The pictures are amazing and I love the post about the over-knee boots! Unfortunately, I could not leave a comment. It always told me that something is wrong 🙁 But I will try it again another time!

      Have a lovely evening!


  1. Ein tolles Tutorial, das ich wohl doch nochmal ausprobieren muss da ich schon einige Off-the Shoulder Tops im Kopf habe, die ich so noch nirgendwo gesehen habe. Auch der Schnitt ist recht einfach und ich denke das kriege sogar ich hin 🙂
    Alles Liebe,

  2. Oh wow, das sieht großartig aus!!
    Kleidung nähen ist leider etwas, das ich gar nicht kann bzw. auch nie gelernt bzw. mir beigebracht habe.
    Es sieht aber jetzt gar nicht soo schwer aus 🙂 Vielleicht versuche ich es einmal, off-shoulder Shirts gefallen mir nämlich so gut!

    Liebste Grüße,

  3. Sehr tolle Idee! Ich bin ja sowieso ein Fan von DIY’s und wenn es dann auch noch so ein tolles off the shoulder shirt ist, dann bin ich gleich Feuer und Flamme. 🙂 Liebe Grüße, Michaela

  4. Super schönes Off-Shoulder Shirt und dazu eigentlich so simpel herzustellen.
    Ich nähe selbst auch unglaublich gerne, bin in letzter Zeit aber gar nicht mehr dazu gekommen. So ein bezauberndes Off-Shoulder Shirt wäre jetzt wirklich wieder ein Grund damit anzufangen. Danke für diese Inspiration 🙂
    Liebe Grüße

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