How to Raise the Neckline of a Cowl Neck


This week I'm putting the spotlight on the Cool Cowl tank.  It's a quick and satisfying project designed specifically for knit fabrics and a D bust cup size. This top features a front cowl neckline and sleeveless styling; perfect for warm summer days or under a jacket for Fall. 

I've made a couple of versions of this top and in some fabrics the neckline hangs pretty low (see the orange rayon jersey version above). This is called "drop" and happens with drapey knit fabrics without a lot of stretch recovery. Basically it means gravity and the weight of the fabric take its toll on the garment and make it longer over time. This week, I'm going to help you pre-empt this issue by giving you the pattern alteration to raise the front neck drop on this style and eliminate the need to wear a cami underneath.

In the video I show you how to establish the balance lines on this pattern and share the secret to knowing how much you can reduce the neck drop on this style without causing other fitting issues. [watch the entire video for all the details]

After you watch, you'll find this information helpful:

Bust Point Position from Center Front
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If you'd like to know how to make a full or small bust adjustment on this style, I've got you covered with a couple of blog posts that I'm sure you'll find helpful!

The Cool Cowl Small Bust Adjustment

The Cool Cowl Full Bust Adjustment

This is adorable Jo with her adorable Mom in their twin tanks.

All My Best,


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