Another cowl top, they are just so easy to make and in my opinion flattering on pretty much everybody. I bought this fabric on a trip with hubby to Germany, it’s a synthetic fibre knit, has a nice smooth finish and is really comfy. I made the top by modifying Burda 10/2012 #118B to remove the gathers at the side, it looks pretty with gathers, but I just wanted clean straight sides for my top. I traced the pattern from Burda magazine, but if you’re downloading it as a PDF from the website I suggest you just go ahead and buy the dress version of the top, at least you can make the dress if you want too, and trim it at the right length for the top. Two versions of the same design for the price of one, why buy just the top pattern if you can get the dress too 🙂
Here are the steps I used to modify the pattern:
Step 1: Fold in the inside cowl piece, you won’t need to work with it.Line up the top of the cowl foldover line with the top of the tracing paper. Trace around the shoulder and armholes on either side of the pattern piece.
Step 2: Line up the top of the cowl foldover line with the top of the tracing paper again. Now pull in the pattern piece on the right where the gathers are marked, so that both sides of the top are even in length. In the photo, see where the pin cushion is sitting, I’ve pinned in the gathers on the pattern piece here.
Step 3: Trim around the left edge, being sure to leave a seam allowance, and fold the pattern piece over to line up the opposite armhole section – including a seam allowance on the right side as well. Trace the edge with your marker, and cut away the excess tracing paper.
Step 4: To give the hem a little more shape at the hip, draw a slight round line from the outer hip in to the centre fold. Trim away the excess tracing paper.
Voila! Now you’ve got a perfect mirror-image of the straight side of the top. Be sure to add the “on fold” marking as shown below, and label your pattern piece. To cut assemble the top, just follow the rest of the instructions that came with the opriginal pattern.