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Cold Shoulder Knit Dress Butterick 6425

When the cold shoulder trend started, I laughed and thought, I will never, ever get on that bandwagon.  Hahaha!  Never, say never!  As I kept seeing more and more bloggers making cute versions, I finally decided to try it out for myself.

And the verdict is.....I love it!  I used a animal print rayon knit, and Butterick 6425. This has lots of views, and mine is a hybrid between the dress body of View B, and the sleeves of View C.  I also angled out the bottom of my dress a couple of inches to make it more like a swing dress.   Rayon knits have a horrendous tendency to show all of your lumps and bumps, and I thought this might help reduce that.

  This was really simple- just sew the shoulders and side seams for the dress body.  Finish the neckline and hem the sleeves.  Then set the half sleeves into the lower armhole, and narrow hem the upper armhole and top of  the half sleeves.   Hem the bottom and you are done!

This is really a lightweight fabric, but I can wear it with pants and a poncho for when I want to feel more covered up.

And I'm wearing it unbelted, but it would be easy to add a belt to get more waist definition.  This was my test garment, and I am definitely excited to make it again with a couple of adjustments- I'll add a couple of inches to the length, and I'll do a full bust adjustment.

I've also sewed a few things for my daughters this month, but it is difficult to get them to pose for photos!  This is a maxi skirt using the Burda magazine pattern that I had made before here.  And the tank top is made from Kwik Sew 3882. 
The fabric was from a Fabric Mart mystery bundle that she bought me for Christmas.  I love mystery bundles!  This is a cotton jersey and I trimmed it with black fold over elastic, and black twill tape for the drawstring.

The daughter that I made this for is going to visit my youngest daughter in Madagascar this week!  I thought that this would be colorful and fun for her trip.  I even added some beads to the drawstring.

My oldest daughter is the maid of honor in a wedding next week.  I have made her dress for the wedding, and hopefully will be getting some photos of her in it soon!

How about you- have you tried the cold shoulder trend yet?  If yes, what did you think?

Happy Sewing!


  1. I have an addiction to those fabric bundles as welll, but trying to be more diligent in only buying fabrics that go with other things in my closet. Love your dress- great look in the cold shoulder library.

  2. Very nice! I finished three cold shoulder tops last month, and they have been in heavy rotation! I love your version with the flowy sleeve.

  3. I have made a few cold shoulder & off the shoulder tops and I prefer cold shoulder on my "mature" shoulders. Your dress/tunic is beautiful and I love your daughter's dress as well. Where did you get the cool beads?

    1. Thanks Teresa! I got them at Hancock fabrics when they were still in business. I got lots of cool trimmings from them and am trying to make myself use them.


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