Posted on: Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I'm always seeing XL and XXL blouses at the thrift store that I like. This DIY can show you how to take those oversized shirts and turn them into shoulderless tops — a big trend for this summer!
The first thing I did was lay the shirt out totally flat. I used a rotary cutter to chop off the bottom and sleeves. Making it a crop top is totally optional. You can come up with your own crop or sleeve length to make it work for you! For the striped top I made it more of a hi-low cut.
This is what my gold shirt looked like after I removed the length and the sleeves. From here I used white chalk to draw the shoulder cut outs. You can't see them in the photo since they're so light, but this part it fairly important. It will help you make even shoulders. On this particular blouse, I cut out past the shoulder break, creating an off-the-shoulder look. On the striped blouse I stayed between the collar and the shoulder to keep it more of a peek-a-boo type cut.
Kitty was more interested in being sprawled out in the sunlight than helping today. That's okay though, because she was looking as cute as ever. Don't you agree? She's such a little stinker! Next I cut out the shoulder pieces. Since this shirt was so insanely large, I cut out the inside seam to give the shirt more of a dolman look.
Now all you have to do is stitch up the side seams and finish the bottom, shoulders, and sleeves. Mine turned out really cute. Now I just have to figure out what to wear them with. I have a few ideas of how to mod this tutorial as well — lace insets, tie-front, and more. How will you alter it?