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Cowl neckline

nargis | Posted in Patterns on

Hi all,


I would like to know how to draft the cowl neckline. I did it many years ago but for the life of me I cannot remember. I have lost my notes on it. I did the slash and spread method but where do you slash from – the shoulder (neckline or top of sleeve)? I dont know if all this makes sense. I want to make a cowl neck top for my daughter-in-law. I remember making a dress with a cowl neckline for myself many years ago and even tho I say so myself it was pretty good.

Would appreciate any help. Thanks.



  1. MegVT | | #1


    I think you'd want to slash & spread the neckline - the area you'd like to spread open in order to widen the neckline.  Will you do a muslin to test how large a new necklilne?


    1. sarahkayla | | #2

      I made some nice cowl neck  knit shirts this summer by copying an existing cowl neck top...the front is both wider and mucvh taller than a regular  shirt front...it was really much easier than I expected it to be...you may want to buy a cheap cowl neck top to copy...it may cost less than a pattern.

        1. Jean | | #4

          Wow, that's a site to bookmark for sure. What a wealth of information.  Thanks for posting that.

          1. FitnessNut | | #5

            I second that....There are two patternmaking books on this site that are quite fabulous and I've used them as both references and inspiration. I'm sure that there is loads more, but I haven't found the time to fully investigate all the offerings.

        2. nargis | | #7

          helo rekha,

          what a great sight. very useful. thankyou.


          1. rekha | | #8

            I just happened to chance on the URL many moons ago, I would thank them.

          2. nargis | | #9

            Thanks to them and thanks to you too for finding them.

            If you dont mind my asking whereabouts in the UK do you live? I lived in Leicester for many years before going back to Africa. I did a lot of sewing when I was there.  I am in Singapore at the moment visiting my son.

          3. rekha | | #10

            Gosh, you travel about a lot, lucky thing! I live 20 miles north of Leicester in Nottingham.

    2. nargis | | #6

      Hey Meg,

      Thanks and yes I will try it out on muslin first. I'l let you know how it turns out.


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