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9/22/2009

The Waterfall Cowl Revisited...Changing the Pleat Position.

Here is another interpretation of Ottobre Woman Issue 2/2009, #5 ...the "Waterfall Blouse"
Ottobe "Waterfall" Drape Cowl

I always change the front shoulder gathers into a pleat when I make this style. On this newest top, I positioned the pleat near the shoulder point with the fold toward the shoulder seam. Orienting the pleat in this way results in a rounded drape...which I think suits the print of the fabric.




When I place the pleat near the neck edge , the drape folds form more of a V shape, as shown to the left (and in more detail further down the main page of the blog).


Both of these tops are welcome additions to my fall wardrobe.

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16 Comments:

Blogger Gorgeous Things said...

Very pretty! It's amazing how such a small change gives it a completely different look.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Lindsay T said...

Lovely. You have a way with knits.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

That is beautiful, what a simple change. I have that top on my fall sewing list, I will have to try it both ways. You're always so inspiring Pam.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Sherril said...

I like the round shape even better. It would look best on my figure. Thank you so much for showing how to change a cowel. My patternmaking instructor didn't show us this information.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Gigi said...

They are both gorgeous but I really like the v-shape best for myself. It's been ages since I wore a cowl but I have one on my to-do list.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Faye Lewis said...

Very nice.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Lady Jenn said...

Very nice! I love how changing the pleat totally changed the look for each blouse!

How about some good tutorials for working with slinky knits - yours always look so nice!

5:19 PM  
Blogger Sew4Fun said...

Thanks for showing and explaining the difference Pam. I don't think I've ever made a cowl top before but if I do I know I'll be back to re-read this info. :)

7:40 PM  
Blogger gwensews said...

Those are both very nice tops. And, thank you for the review of the serger in your last post. I am going to be in need of a new serger before too long. I don't need bells and whistles but a good, sturdy machine.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I love cowl tops and have not thought about converting gathers to pleats. Love that idea and glad you shared it with us. Also moving where you place them does make a difference. I appreciate your sharing that knowledge and will have to give this a try.

7:06 AM  
Blogger Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Very nice tops. Thanks for explaining the changes.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Summerset said...

Oh, I really like it - yes, this little change works well with the print.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous phyllis said...

OMG that's gorgeous Pam!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Isabelle said...

I really like the draping you created. The fabric is lovely!

4:29 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

It looks good. Where did you get the fabric?

6:33 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Karin... The beautiful teal and brown print came from http://GorgeousFabrics.com

The gray fabric came as a gift from a fan of the sewing tutorials I write and post to this little blog of mine
:)

9:04 AM  

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