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Dare to Bare? Cold Shoulder Top

Hello everyone!  Today’s post comes after a long time of rebellion.  I have not been a fan of the “Cold Shoulder Top” since it made it’s debut.  My first impression was, “Oh here we go with holes in the tops now.  I guess holes in the jeans weren’t enough!”  Hahaha!  I’ve come to accept that it takes me a bit longer than most to embrace certain new fashion trends.  So after turning up my nose at this style of top for so long, I finally decided to give it a try.  I’m really glad I did because I LOVE this top!

Dare to Bare? Cold Shoulder Top

What motivated me to give this pattern a try was seeing it worn by a young lady I mentor.  We went out to lunch and she wore a top like this and looked stunning in it.  I already had the pattern in my stash because, even though I wasn’t crazy about the open shoulder style at the time, I liked everything else about this particular one, so I thought maybe I could make it work one day.  Although it’s pretty easy to sew and the directions are straight forward, a new beginner may have a little trouble with attaching the neckband/shoulder strap.  It’s not difficult, but requires precision in several small details to get it right.  For my top I used a Polyester Georgette.  If you’re a new beginner, I would not recommend this option as it is pretty close to chiffon, which requires extra skill.  Instead, I would recommend trying an ITY Knit.

I purchased my Georgette fabric from the Michael Levine Loft in Downtown Los Angeles, where the fabric is only $3/pound.  I’ve linked to a few options below (including Rayon & ITY Knit).  Check your local fabric store or favorite online store to see what they have available.  The best type of fabric for this top is one that is light weight and drapes well.

Create the Look

What About You?

How do you feel about this trend?  Are you a fan of the Cold Shoulder Top?  How do you style yours?

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that GOD shines!


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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Michelle

    Perfect pattern for your next tutorial I think 🙂

  2. Myra

    Wow, this look is really becoming of you! It’s so lovely and delicate looking…I love it! I’m also really becoming a fan of the “cold shoulder” top. Surprised I’ve only made one so far…that will change soon though! Love yours!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, Myra! I agree that this fabric makes it look very delicate. I’ll definitely be making more, especially for next summer.

  3. LaToria

    You look beautiful. It’s a good look on you. EVERYTHING looks good on you.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, LaToria!

  4. Corynne

    I have avoided buying this pattern cause I just wasn’t sure about it. But its darling on you!! I have a girls weekend coming up and I wanted to make something for it and this would fit the bill – I will have to consider it now!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome, Corynne! Have fun sewing it up!

  5. Sharon B.

    Simply beautiful as always!

  6. Sheila DS

    I think it is really cute on you, Anita! I have to agree, I haven’t liked every cold shoulder style I’ve seen, but I have found a few that I really like. It really depends on how it’s styled. I’ve also heard that a woman’s shoulders are one of her best assets, so why not show them off in a fun way. And that’s when I set out to find some styles that worked for me. Love this one with the neck band styling!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Sheila! I’m gonna make more, because I really like it.

  7. Sandra

    Anita, this top looks so good on you! I’m loving the jeans too. May I say that you have the most gorgeous, glowing complexion. You should show it off, and this is the perfect top to do so. Very pretty!

  8. Paulette dowdie

    Aamazing!!! once again, you have managed to have me interested in yet another pattern/style that i thought.. oh no, this is not for me…. LOl

    1. Anita Morris

      I knooow, Paulette! I knooow! Get to sewing! LOL!

  9. Nola

    I just love this Ms. Anita! You look amazing! I love showing shoulder because it’s my best feature. ? I know I have a pattern similar to this, but have avoided it because of the neckband/strap. I’ve made a few tops with this and you are right, it takes precision which I’m still working on. ?

    Must run and check my pattern book for it now or something similar. If I don’t have it, McCalls is on sale at Jo-Ann’s for $1.99 until tomorrow. Lol!

    P.S. I think I’m going to modify and make it into a mini dress. What do you think?

    Thanks for the inspiration and lovely piece again Ms. Anita!

    Be blessed!

    1. Anita Morris

      Heeeyyy Nola! I totally believe you can work the neck and on this top. Just take your time. A mini dress? Girl, YES! Have fun working this pattern.

  10. Art S

    I love the fabric, so pretty! And your shoes. I’m working on a similar pattern from Butterick. You look great!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Art! I can’t wait to see your top.

  11. Julia

    Wow! You make everything look so good! Well, I’m going to try this on my 63-year-old body, if only to play “Princess Anita” for a day! What the hey! I can always just float around my space feeling fabulous! (but my friends might call me Mrs. Roper if I venture out too far. LOL!)

    1. Anita Morris

      OMGosh! Julia, you have me on the floor, rolling with laughter. Not Mrs. Roper!!! Hahahaha! Get it girl! Try that top!

  12. Sherry

    Anita, as always, you look classy and elegant even when dressing casual. I know you just celebrated your 50th birthday, but you look every bit of 35. You wear it well.

    Can’t wait to see your new sewing studio.

    Peace and blessings.

    1. Anita Morris

      Awwww, thanks Sherry! Got me over here blushing!

  13. Theresa

    Looks marvelous! I love cold shoulder tops. I can show skin without being really revealing. ?

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