Off the Shoulder Tee Dress DIY

DIY Off the Shoulder Dress photo 4

This summer has been so hot, and all I want to wear are cool loose dresses, this Off the Shoulder T-Shirt Dress is the perfect solution to stay cool and look great! The best part is it’s super easy to make and not very expensive either. Double yay! Keep reading to make your own!


  • T-Shirt (a few sizes larger than you normally wear)
  • Elastic
  • Jumbo ric-rac (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure
  • Safety pin
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine

DIY Off the Shoulder Dress supplies
step 1

Lay your t-shirt out flat and measure where you will cut across the neck.

I measured 4 inches in from the shoulder seam and 2 inches down from the neck.

DIY Off the Shoulder Dress cutting neckline

step 2

You can cut snips into the curve to help make it easier to hem.

DIY Off the Shoulder Dress trimming

step 3

Fold about an ¼ inch over and then ¾ inch to make the casing for your elastic, and pin in place.

DIY Off the Shoulder Dress pinning the neck

step 4

Use your sewing machine to sew your seam.

Be sure to leave about 2 inches open to thread your elastic through.

DIY Off the Shoulder Dress neck sewn

step 5

Measure your elastic around your shoulders, pull it snug, you don’t want it too loose.

When you cut your elastic be sure to leave about 2 inches extra to overlap and sew together.

step 6

Pin your safety pin into one end of your elastic.

Push your elastic through your neck casing.

DIY Off the Shoulder Dress adding elastic

step 7

When your elastic is all the way through, sew the two ends together.

Before you sew it make sure to check that your elastic is not twisted, you want it to lay flat.

After you sew it, try your dress on to make sure your elastic is tight enough. When I was making mine I had to go back and tighten it up quite a bit.

step 8

When you’re sure your elastic is tight enough, sew your neck casing closed.

step 9

After my dress was finished I decided I wanted to add a little something to it, so I had some really big jumbo ric rac and I sewed it right along the bottom edge and the sleeves of my dress.

DIY Off the Shoulder Dress cutting the neck

I love mini dresses for summer, and with a loose one like this it’s easy to pair it with shorts underneath, because the last thing you want to worry about are your knickers showing while you’re trying to look oh so fabulous, right?!

DIY Off the Shoulder Dress photo 3

I love a white dress for summer, it somehow just seems a little bit cooler than a darker color, however I think this dress would be totally cute in any color and a black one would be perfect to transition into fall, it would look great with leggings and boots, when the weather starts to cool.

DIY Striped Sandals photo 1 by Trinkets in Bloom

For this post I’m wearing: DIY sandals, Necklace KJP, Earrings KJP.

Leave me a comment and let me know how your Off the Shoulder Tee Dress turns out!

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