stay off darn shoulders off!


simple sewing hack to keep off shoulder tops off shoulders! (AND wear a regular bra too!)

The off-shoulder trend is going strong into fall. But, don’t you hate it when your off-shoulder (OS) is more “sort of off and kind of on shoulder” than anything. Here’s a simple sewing hack to keep off should looks, OFF your shoulder!

The OS look is sticking around as a fashion trend and I’m even seeing it in some sweaters for fall. Mmm….purr! I like the look of an OS top because it shows just enough skin without revealing too much of anything I don’t want revealed. It keeps my cleavage in check and the wobbly arm bits I’d rather conceal under cover. The key to pulling this OS off (ha!), in my opinion is to keep everything else at a decent length, whether it be skirt, pants or shorts.

There are two BIG drawbacks to the OS trend. The first, is the constant fussing to keep those shoulders where they are supposed to be. I saw a video on Facebook that inspired this tutorial in which the girl fixes the problem with a hair ties and safety pins. When you watch the video, this will make more sense – She essentially pins the hair tie to the OS top so that it goes under your arm. Genius and a quick fix! But BOY, if you’re not a tiny person and that hair tie isn’t made of super stretchy angel silk, it makes for a very long, uncomfortable date night. Yep, firsthand experience talking!

how to wear a regular bra with an off shoulder top with strap showing


The second issue is the strapless bra! Is there really anyone above a B-cup who likes to wear these? This date night outfit is getting worse by the minute.  I’ll tell you that the G-sister don’t take too kindly to being corralled like that and with silicone stays rubbing all around the skin to boot…NO!   Sure you can wear a regular bra and just pull the straps off shoulder with your top, but they will creep back in. There’s a simple fix for this too!  See that photo…. I didn’t follow my own advice, and for a photo even!


 In this video, I show you how to solve both of these problem issues. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a sewing master to do this. You should probably know how to use a needle and thread. And if you can use a sewing machine, you can do what I did and get all of those off shoulder tops that you don’t wear because of the fuss out of your closet and set up an assembly line.

Here’s what you’ll needSewing Hack to keep off shoulder tops off your shoulders

Off Shoulder Top

Soft Elastic

Needle and Thread

Tape measure (optional)


To Do:

  1. Measure under your armpit. (Approx. 6”- 10” of elastic per side.)
  2. Cut elastic to that measurement. (2 per OS top.)
  3. AT the front and back arm seam sew the elastic as high up on the top as you can go.

Simple SEWING HACK to keep off shoulder tops, off your shoulder NOTE: I stayed below the blouse’s elastic top seam because I was sewing on the machine and wanted to use the set in sleeves seam to sew it to. (refer to video)

That’s it. Put your off the shoulder top on, so that the elastic goes under your arm pit. Raise your hand, Raise your hand, if you’re SURE to wear these looks with ease now!


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8 thoughts on “stay off darn shoulders off!

    1. Thanks so much Neti! I tried the safety pin/hair elastic method and it was NOT comfortable in the least. You must have to have stick arms for that to work. Soft elastic is the key.

  1. I tried this but the top has two dimples where it pulls in and it looks odd. Have I sewn the elastic too tight? Or not high enough up? Any tips appreciated as I have a few tops I want to do this with!

    1. I’d try to place as high up on the top as you can go (a mistake I made on at least one of my first attempts). Also, make sure your elastic is long enough or with enough stretch that it isn’t “pulling” so hard. You’ve problem solved for yourself it seems. 😉 The only other things is that depending on the fabric, it might show anyway. However, it’s got to be better than the 2 safety pins and a hair tie solution (ouch!) Good luck. Let me know if that fixes it.

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