cut-out shoulders

1. Cut, 2. Sew, 3. Wear
I was first inspired to do this DIY after seeing it on A Pair and a Spare (one of my newest fave reads – so many DIY ideas). I then saw Nicole of Gary Pepper Vintage sporting the look, which spurred me on even more. So last Sunday I had a bit of a crafternoon and took to one of my latest thrifted finds with a pair of scissors. The original sleeves were heinous anyway, so something had to be done. It was just a matter of cutting along the shoulder seams and sewing up the edges. I might yet make the sleeves a bit thinner and maybe cut a bit further down the seams, but it’ll do for now. Either way, it’s such a quick and simple way to change the look of a shirt.


  1. C. November 9, 2010

    I love the idea. I saw it on Nicole and fell in love with it. I've been DIYing recently too, it's so much fun seeing what you can do with material.

  2. Hannah November 9, 2010

    owhh i was going to do that too! I found a gorgeous old country road shirt but its HUGE.. so youve just inspired me further! xx

  3. ASYMMETRICERA November 9, 2010

    love this! what an amazing diy, i need a blouse like that first though:)


  4. soph (owl vs. dove) November 9, 2010

    @C: agreed. It's always fun making something new out of something old as well.

    @Hannah: this shirt is huge too! I swear its an XXL or thereabouts. Which is why the sleeves were so ug in the first place. Do it! and then show us the end result πŸ™‚

  5. ΒΆ Michelle November 9, 2010

    awesome DIY, love the final result πŸ™‚ looks so good!

  6. Diva Putri November 9, 2010

    i think that's super cool idea! πŸ˜€


  7. Vicky November 9, 2010

    Wow. That's a really good idea! And it's so simple, but looks so amazing x

  8. A Pair and A Spare November 9, 2010

    Great work sophie – you have totally made it your own. Love the safari-ish vibe too. I have reblogged as a 'reader DIY' on mine, hope you don't mind!



  9. cupcake November 9, 2010

    wow, that's creative! love the idea!

  10. Sparkles November 9, 2010

    so clever! looks super chic. might have to try! x

  11. chow (heart+bleecker) November 9, 2010

    this is great. you are so inspiring soph. i love this!!


  12. A Pair and A Spare November 9, 2010

    oooo thanks for the side link too!



  13. VIVIENNE KONGVONGSA November 9, 2010

    Sweet DIY! I'd love to try that some time! You look great!


  14. The Velvet Bow November 9, 2010

    This looks awesome, I am definitely going to give it a go asap. It completely transforms the shirt!

  15. head over heels November 9, 2010

    i loved this shirt to begin with but the cut outs make it look just a little more edgy and different πŸ™‚ x

  16. Rachelous November 9, 2010

    A crafternoon! What a great word. And the shirt looks grand on you. xx

  17. Louder Than Silence November 9, 2010

    Amazing Soph, I'm going to have to try that myself!

    Sally x
    Louder Than Silence

  18. curious constellation November 9, 2010

    I'd never thought of that before, ti really is brilliant!

  19. Hannah November 9, 2010

    Ahh you did an amazing job, and you introduced me to a new blog, thanks!

  20. danniekate November 9, 2010

    clever idea, and it really works! x

  21. Blackswan November 9, 2010

    TOP JOB!! the final result looks fantastic! I think there's something in the air, I've been creative too hehe – just posted a Studded Denim Vest D.I.Y. and I think you may just like it?!!

    x Your Only Blackswan

  22. vint junky November 9, 2010

    I love it!!
    I seen some of these shirts on a blog via Monki, and really liked them. Perhaps i'll just DIY πŸ˜‰

  23. Shannon November 9, 2010

    Wow it looks great! I have been loving this since I saw it on Hannelli's blog, I think I might give it a go too!

  24. marie joanne November 9, 2010

    that's a good ideia, it looks good

  25. Flashes of Style November 10, 2010

    oh my goodness, I looove it! <3

  26. STACY November 10, 2010

    yes yes yes haha best trend.
    I should've done it your way, instead I cut holes out of the shoulders ahaha fail.


  27. Christina November 10, 2010

    This shirt is so perfect! I would really like to try this one! Plus the colour of your shirt is amazing
    + I can't wait to see you diy scallop edged shorts!

  28. Charlene November 10, 2010

    What a great idea!! Looks fab on you!!

  29. Nell November 10, 2010

    Brilliant. Love it xx

  30. claire (jazzpad.) November 10, 2010

    That does add an extra interest (not so sure it would be good in the chilly wintery UK days though!), I like the idea of hacking sleeves clean off and layering something underneath jazzy β™₯

  31. Ally,The Vintage Valley November 11, 2010

    so cute!!! and breezy πŸ™‚

  32. Amanda Fernandez November 11, 2010

    That shirt is amazing!!!

  33. soph (owl vs. dove) November 11, 2010

    @Geneva: I don't mind at all! Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

    @TheVelvetBow: definitely do it. It's probably one of the easiest DIYs I've come across

    @Hannah: always happy to share the blog love πŸ™‚

    @Blackswan: ooh will have to check your DIY out

    @vintjunky: when it doubt, DIY!

    @Stacy: that could work too. I guess it depends on the kind of sleeves and shape of the shirt πŸ™‚

    @Christina: I can't wait to make them!

    @claire: I originally planned that for this shirt, but then remembered the DIY. It actually looks pretty cool with a grey tee layered underneath – with the grey poking out the holes.

    @Ally: breezy indeed! It takes some getting used too haha

  34. Lisa Grace November 11, 2010

    I like this A LOT! Very nice.

  35. Dottie November 12, 2010

    i absolutely love this top.

    ps. you have gorgeous hair!


  36. Fauve November 16, 2010

    Wow, it's lovely! I especially like te colour… Looks so good on you! love

  37. snazzyfresh December 2, 2010

    HEY! That's so cooL! Good idea!


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