5.15.2017

a sleeveless cowl summer top | NewLook Patterns 6108

With a hot, humid Summer on the horizon, a sleeveless top always suits. Particularly a sleeveless cowl top that has an easy-going, easy-wearing, yet classic look that can be dressed up or down.
This top works well worn with the hardworking white Ottobre pants, as I did this hot day.....
....or layered with a jacket or cardi.  On our 90+ degree F days, it's nice to have a lightweight cardi to guard against the freezing air conditioning. 
This particular top was made specifically to go with the recently made Megan Nielsen Axel Skirt I blogged about here.  After making this super cute form-fitting skirt, there was nary a top in my closet that would well with the skirt.  Wanting to honor the skirt, realized I had enough material left over to make a top and one thing led to another upon deciding this sleeveless cowl top might work.  And it works perfectly all nice and tucked in and gives this ensemble of separates more of a one-piece 'dress' look.
When I first made this top in 2013,  I cut a size 8 and sewed a 1/4"/serged seam.... so that's what I did here too..... because I had actually cut the pattern sheet, something I rarely do now.  What's curious to me, is that I never would've cut an 8 today as according to the pattern envelope's measurements I should be wearing a size 12 sewing a 5/8" seam.  Yet this top fits perfectly.  Anything larger would be too large and not give me this type of 'fit'.  So sometimes not knowing what you are doing is a good thing?!  :)  By the way, all that draping down at the back waist does not bother me a bit.  Probably need a sway back adjustment, but this is a little fun top that was a quick and simple make.  Didn't want to make a mountain out of a mole hill with this project.  This project takes about an afternoon or two.
NewLook Pattern 6108 has a couple of different top variations.  I made View C.  Thinking I might make view A for this summer too.
 Front - right side out
 Front - inside out to show the panel that makes the cowl
A couple of things I did differently than the pattern instructed.... this pattern does not have you understitch the panel that lines the front that finishes off the cowl.... not sure why, as that seems a critical step that helps the cowl lay inward, so of course I had to do that. 
I also stabilized the back neckline with a strip of binding as I do not want this neckline to stretch out.  Also it sort of finishes everything off nice and neat on the inside.  Seams are stitched then serged.
Armholes and bottom hem are simply turned under and zig-zagged.  Hobby Lobby fabric.
I can see this top being in strong rotation in the wardrobe this summer.
Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)

15 comments:

  1. I agree, cowls are just one of the best looks - they can be anything you want, but always a classic, gorgeous, look. Love the snazzy fabric, you have now two lovely pieces in this fabric that can work together or with other things.

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    1. Cowls really are sort of an unsung hero of the wardrobe. Not sure I appreciated their versatility until I made this top for the first time, and find I turn to it again and again.... particularly in our hot Southern temps. Thank you Sarah Liz!

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  2. This is a lovely cowl neckline. No danger of the wrong side of fabric showing. A very versatile addition to your wardrobe.

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    1. You are right! Thank you so much Jean!:)

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  3. Lovely top and it does go brilliantly with the skirt. The whole look is perfect

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    1. Thank you ever so much Sue! :)

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  4. I love everything about your top. I don't like cowl necks flopping out, but this panel is cleverly constructed.The back pleats wouldn't bother me neither. It is lovely with the skirt but pretty with the trousers, too.

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    1. I've not been a fan of cowls, until I made this top! It's super comfortable to wear and don't have any 'modesty' issues when bending over either. Thank you ever so much SaSa! :)

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  5. This top looks so great on you & I would have missed it without your review. Question -does the partial facing/lining bother you ? I usually end up lining the whole top, but would love to just do a partial if it's not bothersome ???

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    1. Thank you so much Mary Ellen! You've asked a great question, one I pondered before I made this top too. And the answer is a resounding 'no'.... the panel does not bother me one little bit. Don't even know it is there. In fact, I did not even hem it. I did line the previous 6108 top I made simply because it was made from a sheer knit. Good Luck if you decide to make this cute top! :)

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  6. It's such pretty fabric, Lisa, and you got such a great fitting "two-fer". Maybe another top in white so you have an alternate look for the skirt?

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  7. I love the look of a cowl neck, but mine usually don't stay in place; yours looks like it lays so perfectly.

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  8. What a nice pattern! The fabric is perfect for it, it drapes so nicely! Thanks for the inside shots, looks all very neat and clean.

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  9. I love cowl necklines and this one is perfect. I do have a New Look cowl pattern but it doesn't have the partial lining nor the back neck binding. Me thinks I will have to borrow the idea. Lovely top, Lisa.

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  10. Your top is so cute too! I love a good cowl neckline, I find it very flattering for me too. As well as the matching fabric, the style of it is a perfect match to the skirt too xx :)

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a note.~Lisa

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