This Cute DIY Cold-Shoulder Dress Is Super-Easy to Make

Marigood Suns
by Marigood Suns
6 Materials
2 Minutes

When is a cold shoulder not a bad thing? When you’re wearing a beautiful DIY cold-shoulder dress you made yourself! This style shows off the one body part that never seems to age and looks great on everyone.

Here’s how to make a cold-shoulder dress!

Tools and materials:

  • 2 yards stretch fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Your own well-fitting long-sleeve dress to serve as a template 
  • Iron

Tip: If you’re going to use striped fabric like I am in this DIY cut-out shoulder dress tutorial, make sure to line up the stripes when folding so they are directly on top of each other.

This keeps the stripes straight and neat. Once it’s cut, pin each stripe individually. I know it takes time but the results will be perfectly straight, so it’s worth it!

Making a pattern for the cold-shoulder dress

1. Make the cold-shoulder dress sewing pattern

Fold your own well-fitting dress in half with the sleeves tucked inside. Lay it flat on the folded fabric so the armholes touch. Pin in place on the fabric.

DIY cold-shoulder dress sewing pattern

Cut along the outline leaving a ½-inch seam allowance. At the bottom, you can keep the length of your template or make it even longer. Your dress - your choice!

Pinning the side seams together

Pin the side seams together. Don’t forget to pin each stripe if you’re using striped fabric for that perfect finished look! Sew in place.

Cutting out the sleeve patterns

2. Make the sleeve pattern

Use the sleeve of your template. Fold your fabric in half. If you’re using striped fabric, make sure that the stripes run in the same direction for that perfect finished look. Lay the sleeve on top of the fabric.

Pinning the sleeves at the side seams

Pin in place and cut, leaving a 1½-inch seam allowance. 

Cutting out the cold shoulder pieces

Lay the sleeve on a flat surface. Cut off the upper part of the sleeve (about 3 inches) where the sleeve cap is to give that gorgeous open shouldered look.

Making a turtleneck for the dress

3. Make the turtleneck

Place the folded fabric next to the neck of the dress. Align them properly. Cut the turtleneck part of the fabric.

Here’s a link to help you make the turtleneck in about 10 minutes

Sewing the sleeves first

4. Put the dress together

Sew the sleeves together first.

Pressing the seam allowance on the sleeves

Once the sleeves are sewn, press open the seam allowance.

Pressing the seam on the turtleneck collar

Sew the turtleneck “loop”. Press open the seam allowance.

Pinching the seams and pinning

Pinch the turtleneck seams together and fold in half. Pin it in place.

How to make a cold-shoulder dress

Keep the dress with the wrong side facing out. Turn the sleeve so the right side is facing out. Place the sleeve inside the dress so both their right sides are touching.

Align the sleeve seam at the bottom with the side seam of the dress. Pin in place. Sew the sleeve to the dress, keeping the open shoulder open! Use the same technique for the other sleeve.

Sewing the turtleneck collar onto the dress

Insert the right-side facing turtleneck into the dress so their right sides are together. Line up the unfolded edges of the turtleneck with the raw edge of the neckline. Pin in place and sew.

Double fold the open shoulder to hem. Pin in place and sew on both shoulders.

Double fold the bottom hem. Pin in place and sew.

DIY cold-shoulder dress

DIY cold-shoulder dress tutorial

How gorgeous is this DIY cold-shoulder dress? You can wear it as is like I’m wearing it here.

DIY cold-shoulder dress with a fur vest

If it’s a bit chilly, you can throw on a furry vest. I hoped you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make an open-shoulder dress!

Please let me know in the comments if you made it and share photos so I can see your beautiful creative work!

Suggested materials:
  • 2 yards stretch fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
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