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Make an OFF SHOULDER TOP – Free sewing pattern and tutorial

An off shoulder style looks casual and at the same time very glamorous. If you have good shoulders nothing like this top. This very easy to sew top can show off your lovely collar bones to perfection. A lovely bohemian look can be achieved by pairing this top with a long maxi skirt and some long necklaces.

This is a customisable pattern , very easy to sew with just 4 pieces of rectangular fabric pieces joined together with some easy seams and some elastic . I made the top for my young daughter and I can vouch that this top can be made in less than an hour ( even including the embroidery around the edges). If you donot like the extra fabric piece at the neckline you can Checkout the peasant dress pattern which is a variation of the ragalan pattern – this can be slightly altered to make an offshoulder top with some slight alterations ( You will need to make a wide and deep scoop neck and add elastic casing at the neckline – the elastic should be taken to the measure of around your shoulders )

off the shoulder top pattern

Off the shoulder top pattern.

A-B = Measure top of bust from middle of armhole to other side. Divide this by 4

C-D = Bust round /4 + 1.5″

G-H = waist round/4 + 1.5″

E-F = Hip round /4 + 1.5″

off shoulder top pattern

Step 1.

Cut out the pattern pieces.

off the shoulder pattern.

Step 2

Join the fabric pieces if you have not got a long strip. It is better to make a french seam, because you will get a clean fabric edge this way. To make this seam stitch the seams first wrong sides together, them trim the seam allowance and stitch the seam enclosed from the wrong side.Checkout the post on sewing seams for more details and other options. 

Join the strips together to make a tube as well.

off shoulder top diy.

Step 3

Fold the top edge of the fabric tube some 1 inch

off the shoulder top sewing pattern

Stitch along the edge. Leave a 1 -2 ” opening for inserting elastic

off shoulder top pattern

Step 4

Finish the bottom edge of the tube with  rolled edge or a simple turnde under finish with your sewing machine.

off shoulder top diy tutorial

Step 5

I finished the fabric tube bottom edge with a graded blanket stitch. I have a post on 11 variations of the blanket stitch. If you are interested check it out.

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Step 6

Sew the side edges of the bodice together. Finish the top and bottom edges by turning under 1/4 inch twice.

 Step 7

Press the center fold in the fabric tube . 


Step 8.

Keep the bodice inside the fabric tube the top edges together. Align the center fold of the tube with the center of the bodice for the front as well as the back. Adjust the top edges so that the bodice top edge is down some 3/4  inch down ( Elastic casing is extended out )

off shoulder top

Pin and top stitch in place from the front along the elastic casing seam line ( so that there would not be two stitching lines) 

off shoulder top pattern

Step 9

Insert the elastic ( 1/2 inch) in the casing with a safety pin and join the edges of the elastic with 4-5 back stitches. Close the opening with sewing machine or hand stitches. The top is finished .