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Hi everyone,

I have some medium weight jersey that I want to make into a long tee. I first thought of doing your tradition crew neck but the idea of a cowl neckline is really perking my interest. I’m thinking of a cowl that is similar in shape and volume to the Renfrew Top by Sewaholic Patterns. Regrettably, I do not have a clue on how to do this! Never made a cowl neckline before but I would LOVE to add it to my t-shirt design. Can someone give me brief written directions on how to do this or refer me to an online tutorial that you know of? I would really appreciate any help!


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    Feb 5, 2013, 10.00 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    You can search Google images “Draft a cowl neck” and pick the one that looks most like you would like. You’ll get the idea whe you have tried it in miniature a few times, but it needs pictures to explain it properly.

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    Feb 9, 2013, 08.46 PMby Lesley Scott

    There are a few tutes on the website off the cuff – sewing style. She definitely has one on drafting a cowl neckline.http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com.au/search/label/Sewing%20Tutorials

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    Mar 24, 2014, 10.34 AMby Deanna31

    Sure I can tell you, but it’s hard to do it with a t-shirt pattern. It’s much easier with a block or a top pattern with darts.

    Mark on the shoulder where you want the neck line to finish at (A). Do the same mark on the other shoulder (B). Draw straight lines from the tips of all the darts up into the neckline. Cut along the lines you’ve just drawn up to the tip of the darts. Cut along one side of the darts up to the tip of the darts. Close the darts ( this will open the neckline up instead). Draw a straight line from A to B. Fold the paper over on the line you’ve just cut. Cut along both shoulders. Open the paper up again. (You are in the process of making the facing). About 5cm from A and B, on the facing, on the shoulder (C and D), draw a bit of a curve from C to D.

    I’m guessing for a tshirt pattern you could draw a straight line straight down the centre and cut through the neckline to the edge of the hem and also cut along the hem line. Then just open the neck as much as you like, doing everything else the same.


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