Yet another cold shoulder dress #lscchloedress

And in my best attempt at boring the beautifully knitted socks off y’all… here is yet another cold shoulder dress. I’d call it my favourite, but I’m still so desperately in love with this one.




I know very well that this style is trend-driven and it doesn’t suit everybody’s aesthetics. There’s heaps of ease through the body to make this dress so glorious to wear on hot days. The easy fitting, slipover design imparts a sense of freedom to the wearer. If you like your dresses fitted, this one just isn’t for you.


I made this version of the Chloe dress up in what I think is rayon. I found the fabric at an estate sale a while back. The burn test indicated a natural fibre, but the lovely, drapey hand of the fabric screams rayon to me. The rayon provides the beautiful drape that this dress deserves.


I’ve made the same pattern up in a crisp linen and a (poly) organza. I really, really like those versions, but I don’t love them quite as much as I do the dresses. In fact, I’m not the only one who loves my dresses. My daughters have been begging for their own mini-versions. I was lucky enough to have a bit of extra sewing time (and scrap fabric) so I whipped together a little scrappy version for Miss Eight. This dress (both the big and mini version) is a super quick sew.

But OMG the mini version is just the cutest! I put a sneak peek on Instagram and I’ll probably get some more photos up there soon. It looks totally gorgeous on Coco so it looks like I’ll be turning this one into a PDF pattern too. I’ve made too many promises. I need to grade the mini-design down to two more different sizes for her sisters now, so I might as well do it properly and add a few bigger sizes as well!


12 thoughts on “Yet another cold shoulder dress #lscchloedress

  1. It’s lovely on you ! I agree, loose fitting dresses are the best in the summer. And with something that gorgeous, who wouldn’t want to have loads? Both mini sized and regular !

  2. Very cool! You look like you’re ready for a fun music festival. By the way, I love that you take your photos in the middle of the road and you don’t give a damn. I’m too shy to do that so all of my photos are taken in the backyard. It helps that you live on a pretty street, too! Maybe this summer I’ll push myself to mix up my photo locales.

    1. Haha! Thank you Carmen! It takes a certain type of day to garner the bravado for street photos. Otherwise, I’m stuck in a closet! I feel like I always have the excuse of being the eccentric Aussie though – perhaps my neighbours think all Australians are a little strange – you should see my lawnmowing get up! 😉

  3. Technically, rayon is a man made fiber but it is made from wood pulp so you get a burn that looks like non synthetic. I’m so happy you posted this because I never would have thought twice about the pattern….until seeing this! Now it’s moved to my favorites list. I’m thinking it would be gorgeous in a rayon/spandex knit. Maybe I will visit Dharma Trading and get some fabric for ice dying….the color combos I could make will make the hot summer days seem cooler!

    1. Haha! Thank you! I think this may be strictly a summer dress, but Summer’s never far in Sydney 😉

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  5. Wow! It’s absolute gorgeous on you Debbie! Perfectly easy and breezy for summer; I love the big loose sleeves too, and the “cold shoulder” Fun and feminine, I love it. I think I’ll have to visit this trend next summer. On another note, but you live in a stunningly beautiful neighbourhood too 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Carolyn! And yes, we live in a really pretty street and fabulous community. I constantly feel lucky that we landed in this suburb in KC. It’s actually a lot like the inner west in sydney but with more trees, less traffic and less stress ;-).

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