Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Comfy Cowl

This past week I saw this adorable cowl necked hoodie by Volcom being worn by Savannah from Rolled Up Pretty.


The cowl shirt of my dreams has eluded me since I first attempted an Antrho top in THIS post, and then made the Comfy Chic Ensemble in THIS post. Neither of those attempts left me satisfied, and I felt like with a lot more clothing sewing a deconstructing under my belt, I could finally succeed. I’m quite happy with the results.

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I used a really soft jersey knit that I LOVE and decided to keep the sleeves short so I could wear it on warmer days and then just wear a long sleeve underneath when it gets colder.

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I was in a hurry to get it made, so I didn’t take pictures along the way. I can tell you what I did, though, and if you would like a more complete tutorial, just let me know and I’d be happy to have an excuse to make another one!

I made a basic shirt shell and added sleeves. I used my finishing touches on the sleeves and waist band (making the waist band about 3” when folded). When I did the cowl, I just used the same tips for finishing off the neckline. But unlike in the tutorial where I used a 2” strip that folded down and sewn became a 3/4” band, I cut a 20” strip that folded down to an almost 10” neckband. I made sure my neckline was a normal scoop so this would be a true cowl and not a turtle neck.

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And I’m serious—if that little write up doesn’t explain things enough for you, let me know! I have already pictured a cute version with pretty elbow length sleeves. And it would force me to to get more creative with my fabric since I don’t know what knit options I have left in my stash, and it’s still September, which means I’m not buying fabric for clothes.

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  1. I love this shirt. It is so cute. Also love the material that you used! I just found your blog through a blog hop, I love it. If you're interested please take a look at my blog at and if you like it PLEASE be a follower!

    XoXo Nicole Mariana

  2. super cute top, love the nautical look :)

  3. I'm in love with that top! I see one in my very near future. hahaha

  4. This is darling. I've wanted a cowl neck shirt for a while. I might have to try sewing one!

  5. Yes, I think I'm going to need a tutorial! It is adorable!

  6. I love it!!! I would love a complete tutorial!!

  7. Please put up a full tutorial! I LOVE this shirt and would love to be able to make one of my own!

  8. It has turned out great... and thankyou for the explanation.. I get it, cheers :)

  9. This is really cute...but I need pictures...please make another one with a tutorial. Thanks, and in the mean time I would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin' link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there...

    Remember...YOU ROCK!!

    Carmen @ RoCa and Company

  10. Could I kindly ask where you get your cotton fabrics and jersey knit fabrics?

    Really enjoying your sewing write-ups.



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