15 Dec Cowl Back Tee
We have had a good run lately with Cowl Drape styles and this week is no exception with the Cowl Back Tee. Last week was the Vivienne Drape Dress featuring a Cowl Drape on the neckline and in the skirt. And two weeks ago, a reworking of The Drape Shift, in a woven fabric, for The Drape Shift – Woven. You might say we are coming at the #CowlDrape thing from all directions.
The Cowl Back Tee is a simple but elegant take on the current fashion trend for loose, flowing shirts. As a design feature, it would work extremely well with a classic shirt, collar, and cuffs. This version of the design is set out below in a pattern plan on a dart-less, kimono block:
- Begin by marking in a more casual fit on the neckline. Make sure it is big enough to get over your head.
- Then extend the shoulder line into a shaped, cap sleeve.
- Make a more generous fit for the body by adding 2.5cm (1″) to the front and backside seams and dropping the underarm point 2.5cm (1″).
- Curve in the front and back armholes.
- The front length is approximately 6-7cm (2 ⅜-2 ¾”) below the hip line with side seam splits from the hem to the hip level.
- The back length curves from the split notch, to a length 20cm (8″) below the hip line.
- Mark in the back yoke curve from the centre back to the armhole.
- Finally mark the drape lines in the back pattern, int he locations you would like the cowl to fall.
- The front and yoke patterns are fairly straight forward to lift from the pattern plan. Cut both patterns out as full patterns, adding seam & hem allowances.
- For the back pattern, cut along the drape lines from the centre back to the yoke line and side seam.
- Keeping the yoke line and side seams together, open up the space between the drape lines to add extra fabric for the cowl.
- Draw in a clean curve from the centre back under the yoke, through to the hemline. It is this shape we use to make the final pattern for both back views in this #PatternPuzzle.