One day not long ago, I made plans to go to the movies but ‘I had nothing to wear.’ Sure there buddy, you really have nothing to wear? Classic stuff lol. Anyways, since I had nothing to wear and didn’t feel like going out to buy anything , I decided to whip up this cute dress.  It was my first time making anything off-the-shoulder, so it took some staring at photos of similar outfits to figure it out. Trust me, I really had to study to make sure I didn’t screw this up, but turns out, it’s actually quite simple to do.

Here’s what I did: I self drafted the entire outfit using two other dresses to base the pattern on. After cutting my pieces, I altered the front and back of the dress by cutting about 6″ from the shoulder. Yep, I could have just cut it like this to begin with, but I didn’t feel like drawing up a new pattern…#lazy.

For the arm, after cutting the pattern pieces, I then cut the appropriate amount off the shoulder cap by measuring the pattern pieces against each other:

Then I joined the arm to the dress as per usual. At first, it didn’t look like it was going to fit or stay up at all around the shoulders, but once I finished it with a 1.5″ wide elastic, it was perfect!

I chose not to hem the bottom of the dress because…well…it was already short enough as is, and hemming it up would have made it shorter, so I opted to leave it as it. I thought it completed the casual look I was going for and ended up leaving the sleeves raw too.

All in all, this baby took only 2.5 hours to make, from start to finish. Not too shabby eh?

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Shoes: Keds | Sunnies: H&M | Watch: Skagen
Photos by P. Maulkhan

Off The Shoulder Dress by Sweet Shard.


    • Sharadha Reply

      haha thanks girl! sometimes I feel like I’m being lazy when I leave the edges raw….YouKnowWhatI’mSayin? But your support makes me feel much better. thanks for the love!

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