Monday, January 19, 2015

Cowl Neck Top by So Sew Easy


With my recent year-end post, I reflected on my 2014 makes and my goals for 2015.  The most important goal was to sew for my lifestyle.  I pondered on that goal and decided in my own little head to expand on that goal and include filling in the holes in my wardrobe.
Rayon jersey knit Cowl Neck by So Sew Easy purchased from Indiesew


The first hole was knit tops with a dressy look particularly to wear with some drapey cardigans that have been added thanks to some beautiful gifts and sales.

Rayon jersey knit Cowl Neck by So Sew Easy purchased from Indiesew


I went with Cowl Neck Top by So Sew Easy 
available at Indiesew

I had the perfect knit rayon jersey in my stash but since it was tissue weight and rayon jersey is clingy, I cut this pattern just a bit bigger.  
Rayon jersey knit Cowl Neck by So Sew Easy purchased from Indiesew




One thing about this pattern, the sizing is different so check the bust measurement and pick the most appropriate size.  Sizing is 1 to 7 and I went with a 4 (bust 37).  I also measured the flat pattern to double check my sizing choice and to check the hip measurement.
Rayon jersey knit Cowl Neck by So Sew Easy purchased from Indiesew




I added 1" to the top and sleeve length, which was perfect for the sleeves but probably not necessary for the top length.  I found this top to be very long.


While we are on  sleeve length, I went with the long sleeve version (this pattern has sleeveless, 3/4 length and long) , it works under the sweater and alone for a fun top with jeans or ponte pants.  The top length is very much a tunic length and I am so pleased with how versatile this will be in my wardrobe.
Rayon jersey knit Cowl Neck by So Sew Easy purchased from Indiesew




The instructions have you cut the front on the bias, which I did.  I think for this fabric this was unnecessary but for a fabric with less drape, bias would enable a more complimentary drape.

Allie, from Indiesew, has a beautiful long-sleeve version on her blog and this look really helped in my decision on pattern and sleeve type.


The pattern includes a back facing, which I did not use instead I just turned under the seam allowance and used my coverstitch to finish the back neck edge.
Rayon jersey knit Cowl Neck by So Sew Easy purchased from Indiesew


The back neckline does dip down pretty low so adjust if you want.  I do like how it looks and adds a bit of drama to the top.

I love my new top,and tend to be drawn to cowl neck tops, which by the way this one at $5.95 is a bargain.

Disclosure: This year I am part of the Indiesew blogger team and am able to select a pattern for review periodically.  The choice of pattern and review is all my own.

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful top! This color red definitely is your color. The drape of the neckline is stunning. I'll have to check out this pattern.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rose, the drape is pretty and I am trying to add more red to my wardrobe.

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  2. Love your top. It looks great on you!

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    1. Thank you, Mary Sarah. It is a feel good top

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  3. That is the perfect cowl neck top., Great job!

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    1. I agree Susan, thanks so much.

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  4. Pretty top.....red is your color!

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    1. Thank you Patty, I get some many compliments on red, it might be the only color I ever wear!

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  5. What a beautiful cowl! And that's a great goal to fill wardrobe holes with dressy knit tops. I'm finding myself in a similar place, but needing more long sleeve tops for winter layering. I just made a quick turtleneck this morning to go under a dress I finished.

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    1. Thank you so much. I am really trying to sew with a plan and my needs. We will see what the year brings. Great job on the turtleneck.

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  6. Love the color of your sweater knit. The pattern looks very comfortable and easy to wear.

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    1. Thank you so much, it is a good pattern and quick to sew.

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  7. Looks great!! Love the color and the drape.

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    1. Thank you Kyle, the drape is wonderful.

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  8. What a gorgeous color on you!

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  9. Cute as always, and that color is one of my favorites this year.

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    1. Thank you, Melanie, I love this color, too.

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  10. Love! You did an amazing job as always!

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