Cowl Tee

Cowl Tee

It never ceases to amaze me how often I am drawn to this particular style of cowl drape.  You will find many examples in the #PatternPuzzles that have been presented here over the past few years.  This puzzle starts with the simplest of shapes and becomes an elegant tunic top.

From the diagram below you can see that the shape we start with is a loose-fit tunic pattern.  You can easily substitute something similar from your pattern stash or checkout my garment blocks.  Mark in the cut lines on the pattern for the front and back.  Note the cut lines head from the left shoulder toward the right side seam on both front and back patterns.
Cut your pattern open and decide how much extra fabric you want in your drape.  In this example I have opened up my pattern to eliminate the right side seam, add extra length to the right side and keep the hemline along a straight edge (the selvedge) while extending the left side drape.  All very experimental in it’s own way, so it will be important to consider the fabric you have and judge the extra fabric required in each case.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.  I am always happy to help. If you’d like to buy a copy of these pattern making notes for your own personal use at home you’ll find them here:  Cowl Tee – Pattern Making Instructions.  Enjoy 🙂

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