The cold shoulder look is sweeping the nation at the moment. I have created this really simple pattern that you can whip up in a couple of hours. It’s really versatile with loads of options for different types of fabrics and contrasting shoulder straps. FREE PATTERN HERE.cold-shoulder-top

The Cold Shoulder Top is a boxy shape 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 well made in a soft jersey or a silky fabric like I have done here – it looks gorgeous with tailored trousers as evening wear. OR you can give it a completely different look by making it up in a light summery cotton and teaming it with shorts.

I have made it several times but am showing you some of my favourite options here. The main picture is made from a luxurious turquoise / green silk and the version to the right is a chic grey and purple shot viscose which works really well for a more dressy look. As you can see I have cut a couple of extra of the shoulder pieces and added them in for some strappy glamour.pastel-tartan-trousers

And, inspired by all the gorgeous pastel tartan that is around at the moment, here it is made again in a light cotton. I have used the reverse side of a grey and lilac spotted shirting fabric. I love the slightly shaggy texture of the polka dots on the outside rather than the smooth clean finish on the right side. It is teamed with a very sweet cotton tartan for the edge trims. Again this is a shirt fabric.

Open shoulder top - FREE PATTERN

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 best made in a lightweight, drapey fabric and would also works well 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 sewing-pattern-shoulder-toprecent pattern, the Contrast Tee, which is a more covering adaptation of the Cold Shoulder Top. It also gives you a good idea of how it would look made in a jersey fabric.sewing-pattern-vent-detail