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Cowl dress/Cowl top

Added Aug 17, 2009

by ichigogirl

Stockholm, Sweden






A very easy to sew project!
Semi-fitted to fitted dress or top with a cowl-neckline.
Suitable for jersey/knits with some drape.
Burdastyle sz 36, but should work for sz 34 and 38 as well. My measurements for reference: 84cm bust, 67cm waist and 90cm hips, bra size 70B = 32B. In the shops I always buy size 34 (=XS), but according to the Burda sizing chart I’m a size 36. I hope that helps you get an idea of whether it will fit or not :-).

Material Notes

Jersey/knits with some drape.
Amount needed is the desired length of the dress/top + about 20cm’s for the facing and seam-allowances.




Garment Type


La Redoute

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    Dec 3, 2014, 09.41 PMby Line Jørgensen

    should i add some extras cm if I sew the dress in silk??

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    Jun 4, 2014, 10.56 PMby Lavinia87

    Hi! I can’t take the pattern… I can see only the general instruction…

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    Apr 11, 2014, 06.01 AMby Kajsavarg79

    Thanks for the pattern. I’m a beginner when it comes to sewing, but I’m loving it. Made this dress but added another 10 centimetres on the length since it was a bit short for my liking. I also added a couple of centimetres on each side to make it fit me who is probably about size 38. The result came out pretty good for being the first thing I’ve sewn like ever, and I will definitely use the pattern again. Thanks!

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      Apr 11, 2014, 06.04 AMby Kajsavarg79

      Insåg nu när jag kollade att du är från Sverige. Misstänkte nästan det när jag såg dina foton.
      Well, tack i alla fall för mönstret.

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    Jul 19, 2012, 12.52 PMby debycoles

    I’m new to sewing, just a new weeks, but very keen and have already made a lot of great projects. I’m all ready to make this dress, the pattern is ready. But I’m more curvy than the slender designer and need to increase the size to a 36 inch bust, 38 inch hip. I’ve read the resources on this site and they show how to increase patterns that already have several sizes shown for guidance – simply follow the same increase.

    If I just add some increase straight down the centre of the dress pattern I think all I will do is add space between the shoulders and end up with a wide neck and shoulders too wide but I really need the neck and shoulders the same probably and increase around bust and hips.

    I can see lots of completed dresses out there – I know lots of you must have done this. Can I have some clues? Has anyone done this and has an adjusted pattern out there anywhere? I have some lovely fabric and really don’t want to mess this up!

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    Jul 13, 2011, 01.00 AMby asf

    Yay! I’ve been oogling over this dress since i first saw it. But I think I finally have the perfect model for it! Have a friend who needs a maternity dress for a wedding. Will let you know how your dress works as maternity!

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      Jul 14, 2011, 08.36 PMby ichigogirl

      Yey, sounds great! Please post it when you’re done :-)

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      Sep 27, 2011, 08.03 PMby asf

      I posted pictures!

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    Dec 25, 2010, 04.19 AMby thatcutegirl

    According to the sizing chart, I’m (less than) 0, was wondering how I’d adjust the pattern to fit me? Also, what material did you use to make the grey cowl dress? It’s gorgeous. I’m hoping to make a grey,black, and white version. :) Thanks.

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      Jul 14, 2011, 08.34 PMby ichigogirl

      Hm, I’m not good at grading patterns (am learning), but I think you can remove a bit from the center front and a bit from just above the waist. Look in the how-to section here, I think I saw a tutorial a while ago. And several on sites about using vintage patterns. Hope you find advice and succeed!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 03.22 PMby nellyvdb

    That’s great advice, Thank you IchiGoGirl, you sure know your stuff.

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    Nov 20, 2010, 06.12 AMby Smartsy Artsy

    Hi, this is the first pattern I am downloading. I love this tunic/dress. Is there a general guide for the yardage needed? How will I know how much I need?

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      Nov 22, 2010, 10.31 AMby ichigogirl

      Hi! The only guide for that is posted above: “Amount needed is the desired length of the dress/top + about 20cm’s for the facing and seam-allowances”
      To be sure, bring the pattern to the fabric shop, it also depends on the width of the fabric.

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    Nov 16, 2010, 04.49 PMby nellyvdb

    Hi, I loved this dress, thank you for posting it. I would like to sew a top using your pattern, how can I adapt it to a silky fabric? what would I need to add to compensate for the lack of stretch? Thanks.

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      Nov 22, 2010, 10.33 AMby ichigogirl

      Hm, I think you would have to use another pattern. What you could do is use a pattern for non-stretchy fabrics for the dress, and combine it with the cowl-collar from this pattern. You could use the sleeve-openings as a guide on where to combine them, I think. But do make a toile before you cut the proper material!

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    Aug 25, 2010, 12.19 PMby esmesim

    thank you! thank you! thank you!

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    Aug 22, 2010, 05.30 PMby seasidelaundry

    You have started an epidemic! Thank you-best new pattern ever!

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    Aug 8, 2010, 03.52 PMby nettle1976

    Hi, I cannot seem to upload this…any suggestions. I really want to make this dress! Nice work!

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    Jun 2, 2010, 03.03 AMby stephenstephensons

    Thank you for your Pattern, I’m making a fabulous Metallic Silver version, however my sewing machine has just broken :S could you recommend anything else that would work (other than hand stitching) to attach the seams together? Thanks. :)

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      Jun 4, 2010, 11.57 AMby ichigogirl

      Oooh, poor you!
      I really think the best option is to sew the seams… glue or something like that seems a bit un-precise and daring… I’ve used both an overlock machine and an ordinary sewing machine on zig-zag and on stretch-seams for this kind of projects.
      Hopefully your machine is fixed by now?

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    May 31, 2010, 06.36 PMby alts

    Thanks for posting your size and your fitting preferences, this really helps.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 07.49 AMby ladyofthepink

    This is a beautiful dress, and I’m looking forward to making it myself! My dilemma is though, I’d like it to be just a little more revealing and I can’t figure out for the life of me how to make the cowl droopier without sacrificing the fit of the rest of the dress. What lines should I alter to bring the neckline lower?

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    Oct 4, 2009, 09.40 PMby arete999

    Thank you very much IchiGoGirl! Love the pattern! I have several projects to use this pattern for sure :-) And the dress looks great on you!

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    Aug 28, 2009, 08.37 PMby miekekolkman

    I’ve just printed it out so I can start tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this beautiful pattern!

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      Aug 31, 2009, 06.58 PMby miekekolkman

      Done! And it came out great!. Thanks.

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    Aug 28, 2009, 05.55 PMby bluebean

    Looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :-)

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    Aug 27, 2009, 12.08 PMby nehmah

    This is one more thing that I hope will be corrected before final-last launch. This (being a stage 2-beta) site is the only one I’m on that won’t allow a member to edit her/his comments unless done before posting. No-one I know of is so perfect that every word is perfectly spelled. Does anyone from the Team know if this will be corrected, or is it "under consideration? (That consideration rug has to be getting pretty lumpy, by now:( ) Cordially, Nehmah

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    Aug 25, 2009, 11.17 AMby nitzan2

    i don’t know how to remove them! really really sorry…

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      Aug 25, 2009, 03.44 PMby ichigogirl

      No problem, you can’t remove them, and I added a few double ones on other projects myself, it happens… not your fault :-)!

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    Aug 24, 2009, 09.44 PMby seemane

    FAO BurdaStyle Team nitzan2 post has triplicated itself – opps!

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      Aug 25, 2009, 07.18 AMby ichigogirl

      Yey, it’d be great if I as the “owner” of this page, or the author of the comments, could remove comments. I’d like to remove my own comments further below since they’re not valid anymore, it looks ok now :-). A wanted feature (as many before me have mentioned).

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    Aug 24, 2009, 10.15 AMby lybu

    I love it. Thank you for the pattern

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    Aug 23, 2009, 07.17 PMby nitzan2

    Hi IchiGoGirl! perhaps you can help me… i’m trying to sew your wonderful pattern as a cowl top for my sister-in-law. For that purpose, i’m trying to grade it to burda size 42- and i could use some help with grading the armhole+cowl bit on the front piece. i did the back piece fine, but on the front: 1. I don’t know weather to add more material to the cowl itself+facing. would you enlarge it? 2. The armhole is supposed to be 4 cm. larger, but i don’t know where to locate it in the pattern. 3. any other grading tips would be useful… thank you so much! Nitzan.

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    Aug 17, 2009, 12.54 PMby victors

    It looks great! and thank you for another pattern x

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    Aug 17, 2009, 12.54 PMby hannnc

    Wow thanks for a beautiful pattern! I was thinking how cool it would be to make your dress, yay!

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    Aug 17, 2009, 12.16 PMby yoshimi

    Hey IchiGoGirl! Thanks so much for sharing it. Your dress inspires me a lot!

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