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12/16/2012

I've been sewing for myself!


It is that time of year when client shirt orders have been stitched and sent...and I have time to indulge by sewing some new things for myself.  After a significant weight loss over the past several months, I still have some pattern-tweaking to do, but I am so happy that I've managed to sew several very wearable casual tops for myself, including this one!

Most are quite simple and not "blog-worthy", but I thought you might like to see this one. I started with a basic jewel neck pull-over, and added a self-drafted "Split Cowl Collar".  The fabric is an ancient piece from my stash...a soft stretchy knit with a suede-like nap.  I am not quite down to my normal (goal) weight, so the drag-lines you see come from my attempts to make a larger top look a little better on a smaller form.

Here is a close-up of the Collar. If you would like me to write a Tutorial and show how to make and apply a Split Cowl Collar to any basic pull-over knit top, let me know in "comments"...because I plan to make at least one more of this style and can take photos along the way if there is enough interest.





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107 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely top. Yes I would really appreciate a tutorial for the collar as I have just the right TNT to do it credit....Joan

7:46 AM  
Blogger Sunny Optimist said...

Interest! Would it also be possible to indicate how to make the cowl a little smaller if anyone ( like me) has a short neck?

7:56 AM  
Blogger Lisa Laree said...

Oh, how very cool! Yes, I'd LOVE to see the step-by-step how-to!

8:17 AM  
Blogger Florencia said...

Beautiful top. I love the split collar!

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes please, I love to make variations to a plain knit top. Ann_B

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you want a tutorial about how to draft and apply this Collar..." LOL. Is there any doubt? Heck, yeah, we want a tutorial. Such a beautiful, expensive-looking finish. It's lovely, Pam. -Karla

8:37 AM  
Blogger Shirley Ann said...

Absolutely!! I would love to see a tutorial. I have been trying to figure out just how to do a cowl neck on tops for myself, so I would appreciate anything other than just a basic neckline!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Shiny Green Penny said...

Please please make a tute for this collar...I love this! It looks so cozy, especially in that colour.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hello Sunny Optimist, yes the collar can be made in most any width...I'll explain ;)

8:51 AM  
Blogger Claire Sews said...

A tutorial would be great. This is really nice.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Belinda said...

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a tute on this collar. It's really beautiful!

Thanks!

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie in MD said...

It's lovely Pam. I would love to see a tutorial also.

8:53 AM  
Blogger badmomgoodmom said...

Yes! I would like a tute on the collar.

Love the top and color, too.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

I think it is unanimous for the tutorial for this. Lovely top and love the look of this knit. Suede like feels sounds luscious to me!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Congrats on the weight loss! And YES!!! I'd love a tute on the collar, it's a great looking collar.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the top - both color and collar. A tutorial would be appreciated.
Linda

9:11 AM  
Blogger Linda T said...

Glad you are getting to sew for yourself. That top is so pretty. I, too, would love a tutorial. You are always so generous with us! thank you!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Janee said...

Yes, please! Love it, Pam!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Kathi G said...

Oh yes. I'd love a tutorial on thsi collar. The color is beautiful.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Bobbie said...

Yes please!....love this!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Love a comfy stretch top, and this collar adds a touch of class to an otherwise plain top. Would love to learn how to draft it! Thanks for your generosity!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Ladyslipper said...

Congratulations on your weight loss. I love your new top and would really appreciate a tutorial,

10:18 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

I always enjoy your garments, they are so beautifully sewn and stylish.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Teddylyn said...

You have such talent with details! This is lovely and I'll add my name to the list who would appreciate a tutorial!

Lynda

10:37 AM  
Blogger shams said...

Congrats on the weight loss! And congrats on sewing for yourself! What a great top!!

10:40 AM  
Blogger Mrs K said...

Yes, please! I love the color you chose for yours.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Teri said...

Very cute and yes, I would love to see a tutorial on your collar!

Teri

11:13 AM  
Anonymous LindaC said...

I love the color of your top and would really like to see a tutorial on how to make your collar. Thanks so much for offering it up!

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely top. What fabric did you use? Tutorial-please, yes and thanks.

11:58 AM  
Blogger suinfl said...

Would love a tutorial - love the collar - I'm always looking for a new neckline for my TNT T.
Thanks.

12:24 PM  
Blogger BeccaA said...

I agree with everyone else: this is a lovely top! The split collar is beautiful, and I'd love to know how to create one.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Virginia said...

Pam your top is very pretty! I like that collar. I would be interested in a tutorial. Congratulations on your weight loss. Thank you for your kind generosity! Virginia

12:45 PM  
Blogger Faye Lewis said...

Please, please, please for the tutorial. Thank you in advance!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Margy said...

Oh, yes, Pam! I would love to see a tutorial! Thank you!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Absolutely a knock-out. I'd love a tutorial. Fantastic collar - I dream of being able to execute perfection like this. I love it - Other Pam.

1:18 PM  
Blogger patiob said...

Tutorial,yes please

1:39 PM  
Blogger Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Love the collar you added to the top! And it's a wonderful color too!

1:52 PM  
Blogger flowergarden129 said...

I'm not sure my previous comment went through. In case it didn't--I'd love to see a tutorial on that gorgeous collar. I'd also be interested in knowing how to adapt it for a shirt with a slightly more open neck, since I look better if I don't have too much rising up on my short neck. I'm glad you're having time to sew for yourself. Your shirt is gorgeous :-)

2:12 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi flowergarden129, I will show you how the collar can be applied to any depth or width of neckline, and how the collar can be made in a variety of widths.....it is an extremely versatile technique.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Thanks for all the nice comments, ladies! Truly appreciated :)

2:30 PM  
Blogger thimblegirl said...

PLEASE do a tutorial for the collar. I have a long neck and this would be a wonderful twist on an old pattern.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Yes absolutely...I will write the tutorial and take pics as I make another of these tops early this week. I'll be showing you some easy variations, too :)

2:53 PM  
Blogger Judith said...

Would love to have a peek at how you constructed this beautiful top, and easy variations would be an added bonus! Thanks for taking the time to share with us all...J

3:35 PM  
Blogger marysews said...

I am looking forward to your tutorial on this collar, and variations. I really like it!

3:47 PM  
Blogger Dilliander said...

Just waking up in Australia and adding a resounding "yes please" to your tutorial offer overnight :) its a lovely neckline Pam and your tutorials are the best!

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Mary Beth said...

Pretty, Pam!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

The collar on that top is great. Congratulations on the weight loss.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Sewing Princess said...

Pam, congratulations on your weight loss! The top is great and I would really be grateful for a tutorial

4:07 PM  
Blogger Sewing Princess said...

Pam, congratulations on your weight loss! I'd love a tutorial for that great collar design. Thanks so much

4:10 PM  
Blogger Re's Home on the Road said...

Yes please! It's a beautiful addition to any plain knit shirt.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Kathie said...

tutorial? yes, please! ...and thank you!!!!

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Pam,
I had bought 2 of these sweaters at a popular dress shop a couple years ago.. Then I gained weight due to medication & could no longer wear them. They were still like new. After searching the house 3 or 4 times & couldn't find them.I decided I've got to find a pattern to make my own.
I would love for you to make us a tutorial for the neckline. You are so generous with your knowledge Thanking you in advance.
Barb G.

4:44 PM  
Blogger JDiT said...

Yes! Another vote for Yes!! Thank you for thinking of us. :o)

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, would love to see a tutorial on how to make the collar. I think it is very flattering and perfect for the colder weather.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous Cynthia said...

Pam: the split collar is beautiful! A tutorial would be most appreciated! And congratulations on your weight loss!

5:14 PM  
Blogger Darlene in Utah said...

Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!

5:20 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Love love the collar.
From someone who needs to loose a lot of lbs., howdya do it? Good for you!

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is beautiful and just what I'd love to have. Please make the tutorial! Thank you!
- Louise

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Pam, that is stunning! Please teach us how to make that. Beckye

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Pam, that is stunning! Please teach us how to make that. Beckye

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Wanda said...

Pam - the top with cowl split collar is great would love a tute

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! We all would like to see!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful top--that neckline looks cozy and elegant. I'd love to learn how to make it. Elle

8:00 PM  
Blogger Harmony said...

Very classy collar! It would be attractive (and warm) on a coat as well. It's nice to see you posting on sewing something for yourself :) I'd love to see a tutorial, I love them al!

8:00 PM  
Blogger debbie said...

Add me to the yes, please tut. Gorgeous top and color. I'm glad to read that it's easily adaptable to a more open neck as that is also my preference

8:21 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Congrats on the weight loss!! I lost almost half of myself this past year....90 pounds. I love your blog and am dying to get back to sewing for myself. I can use a tutorial on this collar....and anything else you want to "tute" about!! I love your blog!!

9:43 PM  
Anonymous nancy said...

just made a robe using your cowl collar instructions and love it. The info from the purchased pattern would have made the collar huge. I keep a "Pam" folder for all your wonderful tips. Please 'split a cowl' for us.

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Love the collar. Yes, for a tutorial.

Marilyn

10:03 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Nice! I like that it doesn't look tight on the neck.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Calico_Quilter0321 said...

Such a flattering style! I'd love to give a collar like this a try. I'll look forward to your tutorial. Thank you for sharing!!!

3:03 AM  
Anonymous anne k said...

Just spent most of the weekend reading your blog. Holy Cow, lady! Not only talented, but so incredibly generous -- thank you so-o-o much!

5:36 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I love this collar! I bet it frames your face nicely. Yes, I would love to see a tutorial on this collar.

7:25 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Judy, about my weight loss...

After my thyroid was removed about 1.5 years ago, I gained 50 pounds (!!!).
I was devastated. So while I waited for the thyroid medicine to start working, I drastically changed the way I was eating. 2 very small meals during the day (like only 2 cartons of 100-call yogurt), and then a normal dinner without bread, potatoes, or anything starchy. And the biggest factor in my weight-loss I think were these 2 things-- moderate exercise, and NO snacks after dinner AT ALL.

So what the "experts" say about weight-loss really did work for me..."Eat LESS and Move MORE"

...giving up the night-time snack was very very difficult ;)

8:23 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Anne K....wow, thanks for the generous compliment, you made my day!

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, please do a tutorial for the split cowl collar. It looks lovely, cosy, and a little dressier than a standard cowl neck. Congratulations on your weight loss. I am working toward my goal weight and am about 40% of the way there. It has been a lifelong challenge, but I am doing far better now than when I was younger. You are in good company with others determined to make progress!

9:47 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Congratulations on the weight loss. I would lOVE to see a tutorial on the split collar. Thanks!

10:18 AM  
Blogger Shayla Sharp said...

Yes, yes and yes! This is so classy looking (and the color is gorgeous)! What pattern do we start with...I'm slow and need the head start.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Shayla...any knit pull-over style..even a simple t-shirt type top...which is what I started with for this top (the basic t-shirt from Ottobre Woman...but any pullover top will work). It really is a very, very, easy collar to construct and use in countless ways :)

2:37 PM  
Anonymous ASH said...

That is a wonderful color and I like the split collar as well. I would love a tutorial.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

So many knit tops either have an utterly boring and unflattering neckline or are far too fussy. I love this one and the asymmetry will be flattering to many. If you have time to make a tyre I would very much appreciate it; I already use your tips in men's clothing and they are very helpful.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Sew Lady Sew! said...

Tutorial please! You're such a fabulous teacher.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Blogger1000 said...

Tutorial Please! I love that collar and have just started to do a lot of knit sewing. Thanks for the offer!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Gary Hendricks said...

You sew it yourself? Really!!! You are a fantastically talented person, indeed! I've spent a lot of time reading your post. You are AMAZING! :)

9:18 AM  
Anonymous M Kirby said...

The shirt and collar are beautiful (and you're looking good to fit this! Congratulations.) I often wear scarves to dress up a crew neck--this is better. Hmmm...and I'll bet the ends could be extended and loosely tied. Your constant outside-the-box thinking has inspired me again.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Rhodagma said...

Love the collar, I, too would like to know "how-to". Let me thank you for your web site. I have learned so much!Can't tell you how helpful pictures are to understanding your tips . thanks again

12:47 PM  
Blogger Lisle said...

Yes, yes, yes!!! Absolutely write us a tutorial if you're willing. I'd love it!!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Kathleen C. said...

I doubt that you need more encouragement, but I'll go ahead and add my request for the tutorial. It's a lovely, slightly different, take on a collar. You do so many of these intersting yet still subtle details in your work... you are such a creative designer!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Easily Amewsed said...

Does a fish like water? Your tutorials are always great! Please indulge us when you have the time.
And may you and yours have a wonderful holiday too. : )

6:04 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

This is a great looking top, Pam, and I would love to see a tute on your collar construction.

Congrats on the weight loss and I hope that whole thyroid thing is now under control for you. I've known people with thyroid issues and it amazes me how seriously it affects one's weight.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I have been looking at blogs today and this is the first think I have sen that I really like. I would love a tutorial on how it is/was done!

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

That pullover looks absolutely gorgeous with the split cowl collar! Personally I would love it if you made a tutorial to go along as well. Your tutorials are always wonderful and Inspiring!

3:14 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I love the split collar and would love to know how to draft one!
Thanks for all that you share.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

YES, tutorial please.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

What a gorgeous top in a gorgeous color! You are so creative and write very clear tutorials. I am looking forward to the for the split cowl collar. Congratulations on the weight loss -- keep going! I bet that you feel better, also.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would really appreciate the tutorial!! Thanks. Blessings!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Crafting Fashion said...

Very nice. A very creative look.

12:18 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Beautiful work, a tutorial would be lovely!

1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The collar is beautiful. I would love to see a tutorial on this collar.

Sarah

1:07 PM  
Blogger Cennetta said...

Beautiful as always, Pam. I've nominated you for a Lovely Blogger award. Happy Holidays to you and yours,
Cennetta

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too would love to have this tutorial and make up this lovely top!!Thanks in advance. Elaine

8:09 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

Tutorial? Yes, please!!!

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone has said it - get yourself and DH well. We can wait.........Lydia (This will be posted as Anon.)

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

I too would love to see a tutorial on this lovely collar.

4:10 AM  
OpenID gjeometry.com said...

I am making a fleece hoodie out of micro-fleece, but don't want the hood, I would like a cowel neck. Do you think this pattern would work for micro-fleece or would it be too thick?

5:28 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Yes! it would look great in Micro-fleece...I've made some tops like this in the past from micro-fleece.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

"Jewel Neck", does this mean a high collar? Thanks!

4:36 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Elaine, "jewel" is a term for a certain depth of a neckline. It is higher than a "scoop", lower than a "crew".

I show examples of patterns with jewel necklines on the post where I wrote the tutorial. Here is the link--

SPLIT COWL COLLAR TUTORIAL

3:28 AM  

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