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So Sew Easy Cowl Neck Top

So Sew Easy Cowl Neck Top

I mentioned last week that on my WIP was a top for myself. It’s been a tricky week in our household, which I have found rather stressful. By the time Friday arrived I felt ready to treat myself and whip up this top ready for a girls night in Saturday evening:)

The top is a cowl neck top pattern is from Sew So Easy. It comes with two different sleeve lengths plus sleeveless, so perfect for every season.


I was super organized for once and prewashed the fabric, and already had the fabric printed ready to cut out pattern pieces. Having a serger/overlocker means I am feel far more confident about sewing with knit fabrics. I have limited thread choice, with only two different green threads. I popped over to the Sew So Easy Facebook group to ask advice re threading the serger and the placement of the two green threads. Too eager to start I failed to wait for an answer I therefore decided to only change the left needle to green and cracked on with sewing. The seams to have worked fine with the one green thread and the rest black. In case you are interested I received conflicting advice re the threads, some people advised changing both needles, others the first and third threads.

The top was super easy to sew up, taking less than an hour – the pattern instructions comes with a link to a you tube video which was extremely helpful for working out how the cowl neck stitched together.

When it comes to hemming knits I am still doing this by hand, although next time I will invest in a twin stretch needle,  fit the walking foot to my normal machine and attempt a machine finish.

I am slightly disappointed with the shoulder fit:

Shoulder Fit

Any suggestions re the shoulder gratefully appreciated:)

So Sew Easy Cowl neck top vickymyerscreations


Overall I am delighted with my new top – I love for me an unusual choice of fabric.  I suspect I will be making many more. Do you have a favourite top pattern?

I had a lovely relaxing night in with girlfriends, drinking wine, eating takeaway and chewing the cud.. very relaxing:) Have a good week:)






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Wednesday 27th of May 2015

What a lovely top, I wouldn't have noticed that the shoulders were anything less than perfect :)

Lucy Blossom

Monday 25th of May 2015

What a lovely top, I love the fabric you've chosen too


Monday 25th of May 2015

Love the top and find using knits on the overlocker a pure joy and so quick. The should I would cut the fabric down a bit so more fitted than stretch, if you get my drift


Monday 25th of May 2015

I think it looks great! I have zero fitting advice, but I wouldn't have noticed that unless you pointed it out :)


Monday 25th of May 2015

Gorgeous fabric! And the top looks fantastic. It looks lovely on you!

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