This is my loving February gift to you! My cheater version for drafting a cowl without really drafting... This post will have a lot of pictures and I apologize for not getting a photo of the final product on the recipient. It looks a lot like my bird top.
This was on my stashbusting list so completing this project brings me up to 5 of my 27 garments accomplished.
Cheater Cowl Neck Tutorial
- Your favorite knit t-shirt pattern
- very drapey knit, if it isn't fluid and drapey don't even think about using it for this.
- a piece of wire or something bendy that will hold its shape
- a nice pen with that fluid ink
- everything else you need to make a t-shirt
Step 1: Lay out your shirt pattern like you normally would leaving extra space at top of front pattern piece.
Step 3: Cut out bottom and side of pattern like usual and remove pattern piece without disturbing fabric.
Bend your wire into a U shape. The deeper the bend the deeper the cowl will dip.
Step 4: Lay the curved wire at the cut edge and trace your new armhole shape. Neaten edges if needed.
Step 5: Align front pattern piece with the edge of the armhole and draw shoulder line, marking the neckline. Continue that line doubling that length plus a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance.
|Aligning the shoulder seam|
|Marking notch and doubling the length.|
|Final shoulder line.|
Step 6: Draw a straight line from shoulder seam to folded edge.
|Front shoulder and neckline drawn.|
|T-shirt front cut out.|
Step 8: Finish raw edge of neck and fold at shoulder mark.
|Front to back sewn together.|
|Close up of shoulder seam at neckline.|
So there you go, easy peasy! If you make it up, have any questions on this process, or have any tips on bettering my tutorial skills; please leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!
Thanks for taking the time to catch this weed, I'll be tumbling along now...
It's like you are reading my mind! I just picked up a remnant of super drapey knit that I wanted to make into a cowl neckline. I'm going to have to try this out today. Thanks for sharing this technique.
Yea!! Let me know how it works out. I hope the directions were clear enough. It is really simple to do though.
It's taken me a couple of reads through this to get my head around it.... but I think I've got it now. I might try this with the left over bits of the dress I'm making.... hummm Thanks for the idea!
Hope you get it to work. I think it's one of those things that is not so complicated when you actually do it. Let me know how it turns out.
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