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Monday, 4 January 2016

AUSSEW -Along #2 - Cowl Neck Jersey Top

Announcing the next 
Sew Along 
commencing 8th February

Start with a basic T-shirt pattern like the one pictured here.  You may already have a favourite pattern, or your own knit block - feel free to use that.  If not, McCall's 6964 or Kwik Sew 3766 are good options.

Your fabric must be a two-way stretch jersey or similar weight to a jersey.  Just make sure it stretches in both directions.

You will start by learning how to alter your pattern to create the flattering cowl neck drape. How much drape will be up to you.  Long sleeves, short sleeves or no sleeves - your choice.  Once you start construction there will be lots of tips for working with tricky knit fabric.

What supplies do you need?
  • basic T-shirt pattern and fabric
  • Size 70/10 Ball Point needle  OR  Size 75/11 Stretch needle.  Ball point needles tend to work best with knit jersey. 
  • (optional) Size 75, 4.0 mm Stretch twin needle (for hems)
  • Fusible stay tape such as Vlieseline Seam Tape (for stabilising shoulder seams)

The Sew-Along will start on 8th February 2016 and run for six days with a new set of instructions every second day.  Instructions will be posted on this blog.  Join the AUSSEW Along Facebook Group to share with and learn from other Sew-Along participants.  It's a closed group, so you will need to request an invitation to join if you have not already done so.  Or you may prefer to work on your own without joining the group - that's OK too.

An overlocker is ideal for working with knits but if you don't have one don't rush out and buy one (unless you really want to).  Seam and hemming options will be given for both overlocker and sewing machine.

Questions?  Post them on the Facebook group or email


  1. Oooh....a cowl! Sounds great. :)

  2. Count me in! Cowls are SO flattering! Havn't done a patterndraft for a cowl since Knitwit days [smile]! Good excuse too to use the fabulous fabric I bought in Queensland after Convention!!!

  3. Sounds excellent. Looking forward to this.

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  5. Perfect, have the basic pattern KS 3740 and plenty of fabric in the stash and hubby away so plenty of time. Just need to get the boss to go away LOL.

  6. Count me in too, such a flattering neckline

  7. I am looking forward to following along.

  8. sounds great !!! count me in.

  9. This is going to be fun.........Love Cowl Necks!

  10. I'm ready. This is going to take me back to my Bentley TAFE days.