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Quick sweater project?
can I just cut my fave t-shirt pattern a little larger? and is there a big diff betw turtle and cowl necks?
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Date: 12/16/12 11:32 AM

I'm pretty new at sewing, and one of the few patterns I've altered to fit is the popular Jalie 2805

I could use a sweater badly and soon -- in time for the upcoming Christmas travel -- and happen to have a couple yards of an all cotton Hatchi sweater knit from Fabric.com from last year. It was much thinner and drapier than expected, so IMO, it would make a better pullover than cardigan. No body. (Maybe that's a personal thing: some folks can get away with drapey cardigans, I'm sure.)

I am thinking of just using my personalized copy of Jalie 2805 and cutting it little more generously (1/4" or so all around eg.). Does that sound right? Also, I have only tried the crew neck version, but would like to make a cowl neck. I know there are instructions for a turtleneck. Wild idea: if I cut the neck piece a little more generously, both height and width, would I possibly end up with a cowl neck, or just a mess? I have not looked at the instructions yet.

Yup. I am a slow sewer, no guts, and could totally use another sweater for the upcoming Christmas trip. I really hope to stick with something simple and familiar. And quick. And easy.

Any thoughts on how crazy this is? The sweater knit was relatively cheap at the time, so no big deal if it fails. Would be nice if wearable, though :)

TIA if any input, and Happy Holidays to all.
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Date: 12/16/12 11:45 AM

If you really want to make a cowl neck, I would buy a cowl neck pattern, unless you want to do some pattern drafting.

You will not end up with a cowl neck by just adding 1/4" all around, the cowl is actually shaped into the pattern. It's not difficult to draft but it would be easier to just get a pattern.

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Date: 12/16/12 12:03 PM

If you have access to Threads Magazine, Aug/Sept 2003 Marcy Tilton shows how to convert a T shirt into a twin set. You are on the right track, it is just a bit bigger all over. You could just cut the cardigan on the fold and make it a pullover. For the neckline try adding a giant turtleneck to a scoop neckline. It won't be a real cowl, but a cut (Edit to sewn on) on pseudo-cowl. If your fabric is soft it should drape pretty well. I like this method as it conserves fabric, a real cowl is a fabric hog.

Hope this helps a little bit. I have a T shirt pattern that fits well and I trace and slice and dice that pattern to make all sorts of tops.
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Date: 12/16/12 12:05 PM

if you are up for it, buy a cowl neck pattern and "blend" it with the pattern you have that fits. You must trace and end up with a new pattern, but this is what I do with my tnt knit top to get different neckline features

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Date: 12/16/12 12:56 PM

I have a "cowl" neck top from Land's End (their words!) that really is just like a very wide mock turtleneck. Instead of the high jewel neckline of a typical turtleneck, it has a larger scoop, and then a tall band of the collar sits atop that, like a mock turtleneck. The fabric is a heavy cotton/spandex T-shirt knit, so it has a lot of body, and the "cowl" doesn't really drape--it just sits there like a strange, wide mock. Something with no body at all might drape a little more nicely.

You can see it here:
Land's End top

That said... there are GADS of posts and tutorials here on PR about drafting/adding cowls to existing top patterns! I know GrammaB (?) recently posted one in the Sewing Techniques forum. This is, from what I understand, really a super-easy thing to do.
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Date: 12/16/12 1:15 PM

Thanks everyone. I think I saw the tut Stir mentioned from GrammaB, but I didn't follow it too well. Maybe will try again if/when I get to that point and it might make more sense to me.

I would like to get Sewaholic's Renfrew, but time and money are a factor. I read the creator's tut on how to attach the cowl on the Renfrew; maybe that will come in handy too. But I'm sure mine won't look as nice without her pattern. But hey, the fabric is black, so that helps, right?

Guess I'm mainly concerned about ending up with something that droops so badly it shows the (inside) of seam where cowl attaches to neckline, but I'm a little too spatially inept to figure that out before cutting.

Again, luckily fabric was on sale.

Thanks again,
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Date: 12/16/12 1:42 PM

Well, one option would be to do a cowl that extends *below* the original garment's neckline, so that shows above a lower drape (kind of like a built-in modesty panel). Then the attachment seam would be within the drape of the cowl itself, not up near the neckline.

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