The cold shoulder look is sweeping the nation at the moment. I have created thisÂ really simple patternÂ that you can whip up in a couple of hours. It’sÂ really versatile with loads of options for different types of fabrics and contrasting shoulder straps. FREE PATTERNÂ HERE.
The Cold Shoulder Top is a boxy shapeÂ with open shoulders that join at the sleeve trim, shoulder straps to keep it in place (and conceal your bra straps) and little vents at the bottom.
It looks works wellÂ made in a soft jersey or a silky fabric like I have done here – it looks gorgeous with tailored trousers asÂ eveningÂ wear. ORÂ you can give it aÂ completely different look by making it up in a light summery cotton and teaming it withÂ shorts.
I have made it several times but am showing you some of myÂ favourite options here. The main picture is made from a luxurious turquoise / green silk and the version to the rightÂ is a chicÂ grey and purple shot viscose which works really well forÂ a more dressy look. As you can see I have cutÂ a couple of extra of the shoulder piecesÂ and added them in for some strappy glamour.Â
And, inspired by all the gorgeousÂ pastel tartan that is around at the moment, here it is made again in a light cotton. I have usedÂ the reverse side of a grey and lilac spotted shirting fabric.Â I loveÂ the slightly shaggy texture of the polka dots on the outside rather than the smooth cleanÂ finish on the right side. It isÂ teamed with a very sweet cotton tartan for the edge trims. Again this is a shirt fabric.
It’s REALLY easy to make and has has no difficult fastenings to contend with! Straight over the head (simple – that’s what we like.) The top looks bestÂ made in a lightweight, drapey fabric and wouldÂ also works wellÂ made from a simple t-shirting. Try mixing your patterns for a contemporary look. All fabrics used here are from Fabworks Mill Shop.
If you like this pattern but are put off by the open shoulders, have a look at my more recent pattern, the Contrast Tee, which is a more covering adaptation of the ColdÂ Shoulder Top. It also gives you a good idea of Â how it would look made in a jersey fabric.