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It looks like cowl neck top are becoming popular. Trena posted one today and Melissa made one from Patrones 292. This is my version of this Patrones pattern, with many thanks to Melissa. The issue was not available any more from the vendor I found in the Netherlands, and she so kindly traced it for me. Extra bonus is that she posted so detailed about construction of this top, that I just followed her lead on the finishing with strips of bias fabric.


This is one of these projects that just come “in between”. I got a new zipper yesterday, but was longing more to try this top. The fabric I bought a few days ago, and finally I managed to sew something right away from a fabric bought. I buy fabric all the time with good intentions to use it very soon, but reality catches up with me and it’s another addition to the fabric collection, which is consisting of too many pieces right now (my own perception, I know some of you have quite a different opinion on this).

The top is cut on the bias,  which makes for a nice drape of the cowl. It’s very easy to make: it has no special closure/zipper. I was wondering about that aspect of the pattern (it’s a woven fabric), but it’s easy to put on and off. I made a size 44 without alterations, and only took in the side seam a bit under the arm during construction. I used French seams, so it was easy to try it on after the first step of the side seams were made. There’s a little gap  at the back armhole. I will try to remedy that before taking pictures of me wearing it.

I love the result, it took only a few hours to make, and that was exactly what I needed right now. I needed some de-stressing. Sewing is good for that (to me).

And though I thought summer sewing would be more or less over, I ordered the new Patrones issue. Finally a webshop in the Netherlands selling it. Hope to receive it tomorrow.


  1. Es ist ein sehr schöner Top geworden! So ein Schnitt bringt den schönen Stoff gut zur Geltung und wirkt sehr weiblich und elegant.
    :-) ich glaube, ich muss auch so einen Tooop nähen! Danke für die Motivation!

  2. Dit jurkje heb ik vorige week ook gemaakt, valt erg mooi. :-)
    Je hebt mooie stof gebruikt.

  3. Beautiful blouse! You made good use of the new fabric.

  4. The top looks really lovely in that fabric.

  5. Great fabric, and I love the cowl!

  6. Ok,that's it! I need to make one too, right away, even!

    Because I was thinking just what you wrote: that if both Trena and Melissa have made such cute cowl tops, why don't I have one already? LOL

    I love your fabric.What will you were it with? I still remember that Burda high waisted white skirt with the black piping you made last year. So pretty!

  7. Beautiful fabric. Cowl necklines are so flattering. Love them!

  8. Very pretty fabric and pattern.

  9. It's very pretty! I love those colors and red looks so good on you. I know what you mean about good intentions when it comes to fabric!

  10. The fabric in that top is TDF and perfect for that lovely top!

  11. Fabulous! I'm so glad you were able to make it right away and exorcise your sewing bad karma. I've worn mine so many times in the past few weeks - it goes equally well with jeans and skirts and the viscose is forgiving in the heat. I hope to see yours on you soon! :)

  12. I've got a couple of cowl patterns, and am just getting around to thinking that I want one. Yours is reallly cute-love the fabric!
    Hope the Dutch win on Sunday! My parents just got back from visiting relatives (and brought me back some Knip Modes!) and said that it was really great to be there during some of World Cup, even though they aren't big soccer fans!

  13. So pretty! The fabric is fabulous!

  14. Ooooh, that is fantastic! Love your choice of fabric and I am sure you look sensational in it.

  15. Beautiful top and great fabric choice!


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