Tutorial: Cowl neck square top

Happy 2016! How did you spend the first day of the new year? I spent a few hours sewing and it was delightful.

Remember square tops and how easy those are? Here’s a little twist to the square top by lengthening it into a tunic and then adding a cowl neck and  a thick sheer hem.

First, I got some stretchy red fabric out of my stash. (Same red fabric used in my Halloween pirate top.) Fold it in half, mark and then cut out 2 of this shape.

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I cut 2 of these at the same tho by folding the fabric over again

This forms the tunic. I gave it a wide neckline (4″ when folded) and added quite a few inches to the measurement from collar bone to waist. The wide neckline creates the cowl neck look later on.

Next,  the cowl neck.

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I used the same red fabric and a sheer black fabric for this. They were about 10″ long and 8″ wide. Con

nect the 10″ edges then fold the band in half with wrong sides touching.

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Pin to the neckline with right sides facing and zigzag stitch around.

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Finish the sleeves by marking 1/2″ and then folding inwards twice. Pin then zigzag stitch.

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For the bottom of the tunic, I added more of the black sheer fabric.  Cut a rectangle 2″ shorter in length than the circumference of the tunic and about 10″ wide. Connect the 10″ edges and then fold to hide the wrong sides inside.

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Pin to the bottom of the tunic with right sides touching. Stretch and evenly distribute the black fabric to match the red fabric.

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The black fabric is shorter to give the outfit a more flattering look.

Here is the completed outfit! It can be worn with either the black or red in front.

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Black in front

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Red in front

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Add a belt to accessorize

And that’s a new layering piece over my plain black turtlenecks and leggings this winter. It’s also going to be a summer outfit without the turtleneck inside.

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Happy sewing this 2016!

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