When scanning my syllabus at the start of the pattern making course I took last semester, I was most excited about learning how to draft cowl neck tops. When we finally got to it toward the end of the course, I was surprised how simple they actually were! Using a basic bodice sloper, it's just a matter of lowering the neckline and slash and spreading to create fullness. The self-facing in the front keeps it pretty no matter how the cowl falls! Clearly, putting my new knowledge to use was in the forefront of my mind when I had the opportunity to use one of the fabrics from the Novelty category at Britex. This unusual ruby and black sheer viscose fabric seemed like a fun and modern choice for a fairly classic cowl shape.
This fabric isn't an obvious choice for a cowl shape; while lightweight, it isn't particularly drapey, behaving a bit like voile. Nor could I cut on the bias (common for cowls) because of the obvious horizontal stripe. However, I really love how the neckline is more "origami folds" than draped, giving it an “edgy” feel.
The viscose is sheer--in these photos, I'm wearing a nude-colored tank top under this for modesty, but for cocktails or dancing, it would probably be fine without.
The self-drafted top is a basic pull over shape, with no closures or darts. It isn't as fitted as I normally like my tops, but it's light and airy (especially with the sheer fabric!) and adds a different silhouette to my wardrobe. There is a back neck facing, which attaches to the front cowl facing and bias tape for the armholes--simple and elegant!
Here's the exciting part: I've been learning and practicing my digital drafting and grading skills and I'm nearly finished with a multi-sized (S-M-L) pattern of this cowl-neck top as a free download! Look for it next week here on the Britex blog or at Nicole at Home!
Thank you to Britex for providing this great fabric--what fun to try something completely new!