How to make a cowl-neck dress

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How to make a cowl-neck dress
You can make a cowl-neck dress without a pattern. (NA/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Cowls are folds of fabric created by allowing the fabric to drape around the neck. They can fall at a variety of depths to create a flowing look to a dress. A cowl-neck dress is a simple style that lends itself to a variety of fashion looks, and can be made in any length you desire. You can make one without a pattern, and if you make it from a knit fabric, you will not need to use darts or tailoring techniques.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Knit fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Ballpoint or stretch needle

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take your measurements. First, measure yourself around your hips. Then, measure yourself from where your neck meets your shoulder to the length you want the dress.

  2. 2

    Cut the knit fabric into one rectangle, half your hip measurement plus 1 inch for the width, and your shoulder-to-hem measurement plus 5 inches for the length. Cut a second rectangle half your hip measurement for the width, and your shoulder-to-dress length measurement minus 10 inches for the length.

  3. 3

    Fold the top and bottom of both rectangles in 1/2-inch, wrong sides facing each other. Sew in place using a stretch stitch on the sewing machine.

  4. 4

    Lay the small rectangle right-side-down on the right side of the large rectangle. Match up the bottom hems.

  5. 5

    Sew the side seams together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  6. 6

    Fold the two unfinished sides of the top of the large rectangle in 1/2-inch, wrong sides facing each other, and sew in place.

  7. 7

    Bring the two top corners of the large rectangle together and sew them, right sides facing each other, at a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

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