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The Princess and the Cowl

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you my second Renfrew: the cowl neck. [My first is here.]  I was able to get photos in it this past weekend, but I saved them for this week’s Sew Weekly challenge. Those of us participating followed Mena’s “Make This Look” theme, which means we made a garment that resembled an actual ready-to-wear garment. My cowl was made to look like a tunic I’d seen Kate Middleton wear.

Original Inspiration

  • Cashmere Cowl Neck Tunic from John Lewis (no longer available online – what better reason to make it yourself! – but it was £99, and then eventually went on sale for £49.50)


And here is mine:

I just love it! It’s so comfy and cute. I’ve dressed it up with a skirt and boots for a party, and I’ve dressed it down with jeans for a hike on the beach. And, I was excited to see that it was yesterday’s featured garment on the Sew Weekly! You can read my full post here.

Seriously, I was doing quite the happy dance. Especially since my side-seam pocket tutorial was also featured yesterday on Tasia even described my tutorial as “awesome”!

Well, I can say the same for her pattern. I’ve never owned anything with a cowl, and I was a little wary. But, once this top was finished, I didn’t take it off for two days. It was just so cozy – a pairing of the perfect pattern with the perfect fabric.

Also, this T-shirt is my third completed 2012 SWAP item to be posted to this blog. Eight items to go…

P.S. If you’re interested in getting this pattern, sign up for the Sewaholic mailing list. Tasia will send you a coupon for free shipping. It expires soon, so act quickly!

21 thoughts on “The Princess and the Cowl

  1. I’m not surprised it was the Featured Garment on Sew Weekly, it’s gorgeous. It’s such a simple style but so classy looking, really lovely. That pattern is worth its weight in gold! x

  2. I saw your tutorial! Nice job!

    One of these days I’m going to find time to make myself a cowl shirt. They look great on just about everybody. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh, that’s lovely. hmmm, I’ll have to talk hubby into letting me get that pattern even though it’s “just a tshirt” all your versions are great. And your tutorial was “awesome” – I’m not sewing the jacket (not enough cold weather in Texas!) but well done.

  4. another great renfro! i ordered the pattern after seeing your variations. it’s a great top. i love that fabric you used, too.

    congrats on the feature! your pictures are beautiful.

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