I have completed Project #2 from my Tackle Box. If you didn’t see my previous post, shame on you. Let me catch you up. My Tackle Box is a way for me to organize the hundreds of sewing, crafting, and fashion ideas that I want to tackle. Well, last week, my random pick from my tackle box was to create a DIY off-the-shoulder look. Let’s see how it went.



Off-the Shoulder Project

How are you liking my super hero in the middle of the forest pose? I’m actually on my neighborhood walking trail looking extra sassy with my shoulders out.



You are not a model unless you look back at it, right?  The camera that is. And I’m giving you some serious cold shoulder with this dress.


I am very pleased with the results of this off-the-shoulder dress. What do you think?

The pattern for this dress was self-drafted based on my own measurements. I did have a little trouble with the width around the shoulders being too wide, but once adjustments were made it was smooth sailing.

I used a scuba knit fabric that I purchased online from Fabric.com. I did expect it to be more of a neoprene material, but was still happy with the purchase. The stretch of the fabric was amazing and the perfect thickness. There’s nothing worse than receiving a knit fabric that’s too sheer to create a garment without needing to line it. This was perfect. Plus I have enough left over to make something else.

I will definitely be adding this project back into my tackle box. I can see more off-the-shoulder looks in my future.

What I learned:

  • Measure twice, cut once. The dress that I outlined for my pattern had a different shoulder/sleeve seam than that of what I was actually going for. I definitely should have made adjustments based on my actual measurements and the difference in the sleeve placement between the two.
  • It is not safe to walk on a rocky, unlevel walking trail in heels.

Other ways I would style this off-the-shoulder dress:

  • Rock with a denim jacket or blazer. It happened to be pretty warm here in Alabama. Yes, it was in the 70s in February. However, I was fully prepared to throw on a cute denim jacket for a casual outing with the family or a black blazer for dinner with the hubby.
  • Pin-up Inspired. How sexy would it have been to wear a pin-up inspired updo and a full red lip. Actually, one of my projects in my tackle box is a pin-up inspired look. I can’t wait to tackle it.

What are some ways that you would have styled this off-the-shoulder pencil dress?

I will see you back later today for my next project pick.