Cold shoulder mock turtle minidress: Pattern hack from Jalie 2805 Tee

Cold Shoulder tee dress tutorial

Gigi wanted a cold shoulder top, so I decided to sew her a little stretch velvet dress or tunic. It would be a good item to add to her holiday wardrobe. She can dress it up with tights and flats, or wear it with sneakers and leggings for a cute, trendy look.

I looked through my patterns and decided to hack Jalie 2805, their basic tee pattern. This pattern is great to use as a basic block, since it has so many different looks and sizes in one envelope. I chose the t shirt with the mock turtleneck and 3/4 sleeves to use as a base for her dress.

Below I’ll explain how to trace off a fitted t shirt pattern and then how create to a new flared t shirt or dress pattern, as well as how to adjust a basic sleeve pattern to create a “cold shoulder” look. You will need a roll of tracing paper, a ruler, and some tape. It’s easy!

Cold Shoulder tee dress tutorial

This little dress passes the cool test for my sassy fashionista. 

Her new fashion statement is wearing rubber bands as bracelets. Tres chic!

This dress is comfy and Gigi can jump around in it. She never stops moving. I bought the stretch velvet in downtown LA. It looked pretty cheap when I bought it, it was only five dollars, but after sewing it, it looks a lot better.


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  1. Sandy Osborne says

    Cute top! It’s a great color on Gigi. And she IS a fashionista with the matching nail polish and darling shoes. Nice work (and great tutorial).