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Quickie Cowl

July 31, 2012

digging the 80s vibe. not digging the big hair.

This weekend I was working on my jeans. Yeah, I’ve totally taken the long way ’round with them. Let’s call it the scenic route, to put a positive spin on it, k? K. However, I needed a quick win, and decided I’d bang out this top.

at least you know i wear my seat belt.

It was on my spring/summer list anyway, though in a different fabric. I decided a last-minute sub was the game to play, and am glad I did. This jersey blend was one of two new purchases for my sewing plan, but the rib knit is a stash buster. The stripes were very obviously off-sidesgrain, but with a pre-wash, I’m hoping that won’t be an issue. In keeping with my new love of loose and breezy for the weather, I even added more volume than the pattern allows, and sewed up a larger size than necessary. A quick search on Pattern Review told me that the cowl is nowhere near as blousey in real life as in the illustration, and that the neckline is higher.

While I didn’t adjust the height of the neckline, I did slash & spread the front to add more drape to the cowl. I’m pretty happy with it. The only other adjustment I made was to size down two sizes in the waistband, and also to only use half the length of that same piece.

The sizing down may be an issue with the recovery (or lack thereof) of my rib knit, so if you make this up, kick the pieces around for sure. Next time, if there is one, I might size down the main bodice, yet I do like the volume. I’d also cut down on the amount of fabric used for the part of the cowl that hangs on the inside. It seems a bit excessive to me, but in this moderately see-through knit, it’s an assist.

The serged construction was a breeze (woolly nylon, I love you forever), and for the sleeves I opted to use zigzag fancy footwork to echo the stitch on the back neck facing. I interfaced with tricot for the first time, so fingers crossed that nothing weird happens in the wash. I took a gamble and didn’t test. So living on the edge.

Last Wednesday was not a quick win, but awesome all the same. In fact, I stitched up this shirt in the morning, knowing I was going to some event, guessing it was at Fenway, assuming it was a baseball game. Holy amazeballs husband!!! You’ll never walk alone.

Fabric: jersey blend from Hart’s, $6; rib knit from stash

Pattern: Hot Patterns Cool, Calm and Cowl-Neck tee, free at

Year: 2009

Notions: tricot, thread

Total price: $6

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2012 2:50 pm

    Looks good to me!

  2. July 31, 2012 3:56 pm

    Super cute top! I like your fabric choice.

    • August 15, 2012 1:20 pm

      So similar to your recent shirt, girl! I swear I’ve had it since spring. Really. Pinky swear.

  3. July 31, 2012 4:59 pm

    You’re back! And baaaddd… the good kind of bad, of course ;) As in Michael Jackson Thriller style ^_^ Love the top – very clever pattern alteration to add more cowl! I admit, when I read your post title, I read it quickly as “Quickie Cow” and was like ‘oh i gotta see this….’ LOL

  4. July 31, 2012 9:50 pm

    Love this! The yellow/gray combo is killer! You look gorgeous (as always)!

    • August 15, 2012 1:22 pm

      Aw, shucks ;) I love grey & yellow… they go so well, don’t they? I love grey in general, though I guess it’s kind of boring.

  5. July 31, 2012 11:36 pm

    Great colour combo and the grey rib band adds interest and shape.

  6. August 1, 2012 8:04 am

    Aw you guys are so cute in your co-ordinated outfits XD I like the stripy top, it’s good to get something immediately wearable made between long projects.

    • August 15, 2012 1:23 pm

      Gotta wear the team colors! Seriously, I just needed a top. Forget about crotch curves for a while. Ugh.

  7. August 8, 2012 11:11 am

    Cool new cut, Lavender! It’s so nice to get hair off the neck in the summer, right? I love the top and the zig zags on the facing.

    • August 15, 2012 1:24 pm

      Total lazy lack of cut & hot iron! My hair is out of control :P

  8. August 13, 2012 4:36 pm

    Damned awesome top lady! xx

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