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How To Cut Off The Shoulder T-Shirt

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Sometimes refashion is as simple as cutting an old shirt to make a new style. In the tutorial, learn how to cut an off the shoulder t-shirt. This step by step instructions demonstrate cool t-shirt cutting ideas without sewing

For this no sew off the shoulder t-shirt, I used a classic white t-shirt made of skin tight ribbed material. Now, I love to wear the top with high waist denim jeans.

When it comes to recycling old clothes into something new, there are a variety of t-shirt upcycle ideas to choose from. Explore more fun ways to cut a shirt, and also learn how to make your own DIY off the shoulder t-shirt.

If you’re looking from more inspiration, then these no sew t-shirt refashion projects are perfect to add flare to any capsule wardrobe collection. Upcycled clothing is also really fun to wear because you get to say, “I made it myself!”

Before and after photo of the plain white tee and the no sew off the shoulder t-shirt
Before and after photo of the plain tee transformed into the off the shoulder t-shirt.

More upcycle clothing basics

DIY T-shirt Refashion (Easy No Sew Clothes!)

After the thrifted transformation, the top totally gives an upgraded flare to my capsule wardrobe. Using the easy no sew hacks to easily upgrade any tee into a cute off the shoulder top.

You can turn any of your favorite tees into this off the shoulder t-shirt with this simple no sew t-shirt alterations technique. I love this no sew off the shoulder t-shirt so much because it looks feminine and I can wear it anytime with jeans.

For best results, just make sure the shirt is skin tight and ribbed cotton material. Are you ready to give it a try and cut an off the shoulder t-shirt?

Side view for this no sew off the shoulder t-shirt
Close up view of the shoulder line of the off the shoulder t-shirt
Yield: 1 Off The Shoulder T-shirt

How To Cut Off The Shoulder T-shirt

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $5.00

One of the most fun ways to cut a shirt is with no sew off the shoulder t-shirt alterations. Learning to cut an off the shoulder tee is an easy t-shirt reconstruction project for beginners to practice.

Maybe your looking to lighten the top, or give your shoulder a little breathing room. Allow the sun to glisten off your neckline and shoulder blades. Cut the neckline yoke and lets remove some excess fabric.

This no sew is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Pick a t-shirt to cut, measure and mark with fabric chalk, and then cut along the line. Follow along for detailed steps to properly measure the cutlines.

Materials

  • Ribbed T-shirt

Tools

  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Lay the t-shirt flat on the table. You will be cutting through the entire shirt, so make sure the front and back are laid out perfectly flat.
    measure from the shoulder seam to determine where to start cutting on both sides of the t-shirt.
  2. Next, measure from the shoulder seam along the sleeve 1 ½” down and mark with chalk. Again, measure on the other side sleeve 1 ½” and mark with chalk. Then, connect the two chalk marks with a smooth arching chalk line.
    Draw a line from shoulder to shoulder with fabric chalk, and then cut along the line with scissors to create a new neckline.
  3. Lastly, use your scissors and cut along the line to create your no sew off the shoulder t-shirt.
    Cut the new neckline to make an off the shoulder top from a t-shirt.

Notes

I used a 100% cotton ribbed t-shirt for this upcycle project. I recommend a ribbed material when you cut the off the shoulder t-shirt because it will naturally snug to your shoulders and sleeves .

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Sophia

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Hey, I think I need some help here. So I've tried this method with two of my t-shirts (one is 60% cotton and the other is 100%) however when I tried them on, it's loose on me and it eventually slides off my shoulders. The problem has something to do with the back side of the shirt and how loose it is. How should I solve this to make the upper side of the shirt fit nicely?

Soonjoo

Friday 30th of October 2020

Hi Sophia, thank you for reaching out! I’m happy to help you. Not sure if you are using ribbed t-shirt or regular t-shirt, but sometimes even the rib material is not strong enough to hold around the shoulders. I would suggest adding elastic around the shoulder opening instead. To repair the cut shirts, you could make a 1”~1¼” tunnel like I did on this one shoulder crop top tutorial. Adding an elastic band will snug around the opening and help prevent the shoulders from sliding off. Hope it works and let me know if you have any other questions.

Jhonny

Saturday 26th of September 2020

So I can just cut it? No sewing required? what if the material is soften, let's say, a more thin cotton, will it fit well?

Soonjoo

Saturday 26th of September 2020

Yes, you cut the off the shoulder top from a t-shirt. No sewing required. However, I recommend using a medium weight ribbed cotton t-shirt. It will help to hold the shape better without sewing.

Racheal Gamisha

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

So lovely

Soonjoo

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

Thank you Racheal!

Gina C. Fernando

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Great💯

Soonjoo

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Thank you so much!