Even though Valentine’s Day is over, love is still in the air here on the blog through the rest of the month. Today I’m sharing this easy cowl neck tutorial. This is an upcycle that I did to a shirt that used to belong to the hubs. Because my idea of romance is taking my husband’s clothes and making them look good on me, ha!
This shirt started out as just a raglan pullover, but the neck was weirdly small. To quote the husband, “Here, this stupid shirt is choking me.” At first glance, I thought I’d just be able to wear it as an oversized shirt with leggings or skinny jeans, because obviously the neck ribbing that was choking him would fit better on my delicate and feminine neck, right? WRONG! Like I said, weirdly small neckline – it was even way too high and tight on me.
Solution? Cut it off and make it a cowl neck. I cut off the ribbing and then some.
Next I measured my new neckline.
And then I cut a rectangle of fabric that was 2x the width of the neckline plus a seam allowance and twice the final length I wanted plus seam allowances.
Let me break that math down for you. My neckline was 13″ around.
13″ x 2 = 26″ + 1″ for seam allowances = 27″ wide
I played with my fabric and decided about 12″ would be a great finished length for my cowl, so
12″ x 2 = 24″ plus 1″ for seam allowances – 25″ tall.
So I cut a 27″ x 25″ rectangle. Then I folded it in half, lining up the 25″ edges. Sew down that edge to make a tube.
Then fold your tube so all the raw edges are on one side and you have the right side of the fabric showing on both the inside and outside of your tube.
Align the seam of the cowl with the center back of your neck, then pin the raw edges to the neck edge all around. Pin and sew, using either a serger or a stretch stitch.
And that’s it – pull your new cowl neck shirt on and enjoy looking hot in your husband’s old clothes.