How to Cut a Sweater and Make It Off the Shoulder

By Christi Aldridge

Customize a sweater by making it a little sexier and more casual all at the same time. Off-the-shoulder sweaters and sweatshirts were popularized in the '80s after the movie "Flashdance" came out. Now it's a throwback to the decade of excess to make a sweater off the shoulder, but the look still works today. Cut your own sweater to create this look and freshen up an old garment.

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Use scissors to make a sweater off the shoulder.

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Step 1

Put the sweater on and stand in front of the mirror.

Step 2

Decide how far off the shoulder you want the sweater to be, and make a few cutting marks with the fabric chalk.

Step 3

Take the sweater off and cut the fabric where you made the marks. Try the sweater on again.

Step 4

Look at the sweater and see if you need to remove any more material. If so, cut until the sweater is the way you want it to look.

Step 5

Close the open seam by using a sewing machine to sew up where you've cut, or use a needle and thread if you don't have a sewing machine.