A cold shoulder top, dress or tunic


I cannot get enough of the cold shoulder look. As with most trends, when I finally get on board, I don’t let go!  This is my second cold shoulder project (first one here) and I can tell you, it will not be my last. Here’s the reason I love the cold shoulder look. Showing a bit of skin at the shoulder gives even a loose, summery top or dress a bit of a sexy vibe.

What’s even better about this top, is that it’s so versatile! By hemming it a bit on the long side, I can wear it either as a top or a dress! Here it is loose and unbelted for a hot day.


Here it is over jeans, perfect for a day that’s a bit on the cool side.


I think this pattern plays to the advantage of a cut-out shoulder. Even though the cut of the top is unfitted, the shoulder gives it a bit of interest, and makes it look more shapely than it is. You can belt it, or not, as the mood strikes.


The pattern is Butterick 5889, an easy top, tunic and belt.

It’s a bit oversized with a slit opening at the sleeves that could not be easier to construct. The sleeve hems and the sleeve splits are just finished with a narrow hem. So fast! The cold shoulder look is created when you tack the sleeve split together at the top and bottom.

The shape of this top is rather loose and boxy, so I choose a very lightweight cotton with great drape (Mill End Store) so that it wouldn’t overwhelm my small frame. The hardest thing about this top, was getting the pattern perfectly lined up on center front, so you know this top is easy!!


I can imagine wearing this top/dress both ways, belted or loose (although the unbelted version might be a bit of a man-repellant, if you’re worried about that sort of thing, LOL).

From cut-out to finish, this top took only a couple of hours to create. It might have taken less if I wasn’t watching High Society (Grace Kelly could not be more gorgeous. And the clothes!)

This top is such a fast, fun make, I might try it again out of a rayon challis. View B also has pockets and a front placket, so I might give that a go at some point. If you decided to try it, I recommend sticking with a drapey fabric, as it does have a very generous cut. The pattern came out in 2013, but it’s still easy to find and on-trend now.

What do you think?  Do you prefer it as a top, a tunic or a dress?Isn’t it nice to have some easy projects during summer? There’s so much to do outside, away from one’s sewing machine.

Happy sewing, and thanks for stopping by!

14 thoughts on “A cold shoulder top, dress or tunic

    • ellegeemakes July 6, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks! I seem to be in a blue phase 🙂


  1. idaaidasewing July 6, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    I remember I had a tunic and a top on this style! Looks great on you and I see you’re keeping your blue colour palett 👌


  2. Hila July 7, 2016 / 12:35 am

    I love this! I didnt know it was called a cold shoulder top 😂. I just posted my cold shoulder top calling it open shoulder😧.

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    • ellegeemakes July 7, 2016 / 7:53 am

      Thanks! I think I discovered the term while I was browsing on Pinterest for inspiration. I’ll have to check out yours, such a fun trend, you know?

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  3. Linda Wilson July 7, 2016 / 2:22 pm

    Cold shoulder looks lovely, great print too. Unfortunately the summer here means it would literally be a cold shoulder, and cold everything else!! 😦

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    • ellegeemakes July 7, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks! Our summer hasn’t been that great either, but I can’t seem to stop these hopeful sewing projects 🙂

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    • ellegeemakes July 8, 2016 / 7:57 am

      Thanks! At some point my color story is going to have to shift a bit, but I’m not rushing it:)

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  4. Faye Lewis July 8, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    Top, tunic or dress I like them all. You picked the perfect fabric too.

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    • ellegeemakes July 8, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks! I think the pattern allowed that fabric to take center stage which it so deserves!


  5. prttynpnk July 10, 2016 / 3:56 am

    Really nice- great for a statement fabric piece….hmm…. Inspiration


    • ellegeemakes July 10, 2016 / 7:59 am

      Thanks! It was a lucky day when I found this fabric!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Elizabeth August 7, 2016 / 4:23 am

    I love this and it is so adorable over jeans! Thanks for sharing!

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