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Twisted "Draped Cowl" Tutorial

This is a quick stylish variation on a drape-front (true Cowl) silhouette that can be done in just minutes!


First, start with a drape-front cowl (photo #1) already in your wardrobe, or make one with the many patterns that exist for this style.

As shown In photo #2, turn the garment inside out and flip the facing up to expose the wrong side of front of the top.

Next, pinch some fabric near center front, twist it a bit, and hold the “pinched” fabric with a rubber band, as shown in photo #3. Later, if you want to make this design change permanent, the 'twist' can be stitched. Or just remove the band, and you have your original draped cowl!
Note: A small clear "ponytail" band works well for this!

Now turn down the facing to cover the banded fabric, as shown in photo #4.

As shown in photo #5, when the garment is turned right-side-out, the twisted detail becomes a new interesting design feature of the top!

Where you pinch and band the fabric is totally up to you: higher, lower, to the left or right of center, etc. There are infinite possibilities for design variations like these.... Have fun!

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Blogger Gorgeous Things said...

Very cool idea, Pam! One of my favorite cowl patterns is Vogue 9771. That will make a very chic "twist" to it!


9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have such great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this genius twist idea.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a cowl neck blouse made from Hot Patterns 104....I don't wear it much because the cowl drapes entirely too low, exposing more than I am comfortable with. I will definitely give your tip a try on this one.....hopefully it will turn my unwearable top into one that I will enjoy wearing.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a rubber band, who knew!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the design idea. I located you throught "weekend-designer" I'm going to try fiddle with step #4 as that look is very nice. Cordially, Nehmah

3:50 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Ah Hah! I have a RTW designer knit top and I am pretty sure this is exactly how they achieved the unique twist in the front, though the bunching is sewn to stay in place. Now I don't have to take it apart to see how it was done. Thanks

12:33 PM  
Blogger Faye Lewis said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog, it's a pleasure to meet you so to say. I LOVE, LOVE the tip you gave for changing the front drape of a cowl neck top. I've been making lots of tops and am always looking for new design details. This one is easy and I will be using it very soon.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Faye Lewis said...

I looked at this tutorial some days ago and was thinking about it this morning and forgot which blog I saw it on. I have spent ALL MORNING LONG looking through different blogs trying to find it and FINALLY I tried yours. You'd better bet I'll write the location down this time! (lol).

3:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

wooo.. it's great. love so much this tutorial.. thanks for sharing

11:19 PM  

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