How to make a cowl neck blouse

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How to make a cowl neck blouse
Add a cowl neck to a tee or jumper by sewing fabric around the collar. (Getty Creative)

A cowl neck is a round, tubelike collar that can either be folded or draped. Often found on jumpers, the cowl neck is a popular substitute for a scarf during the cooler winter season. Crafters can create their own cowl neck on tees, tanks and more for any season using basic sewing tools and techniques. Use a seasonal, textured or funky print to give your blouse personality.

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Things you need

  • T-shirt
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Cut the collar of the T-shirt to make more room for the draping cowl neck. Measure the circumference of the newly designed neck.

  2. 2

    Cut the height of the cowl double the size desired, longer for more folds or draping. The material must be doubled to allow for the fold of the cowl.

  3. 3

    Cut the fabric 13 mm (1/2 inch) longer than the length of the neck to allow for a 6 mm (1/4-inch) seam allowance. Fold the fabric in half from left to right, with the front of fabric inward, to match the height edges of the cowl. Pin the height edges of the cowl with a 6 mm (1/4-inch) seam allowance and sew along the seam.

  4. 4

    Turn the cowl length right side out. Fold the fabric in half, matching the bottom edges. Place the cowl, open bottom up, around the neck of the tee.

  5. 5

    Pin the cowl bottom around the outside neck of the tee, matching the edges, with a 6 mm (1/4-inch) seam. Sew the cowl and tee together along the pins. Fold and drape cowl as desired.

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