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Renfrew back of cowl too high for short neck
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Date: 12/21/12 3:28 PM

Have decided to go with the Renfrew cowl neck, but I think that back of the cowl will be too high for my short neck. Has anyone tapered it from front to back? I have tried this on KS3740 and it worked, but cowl is designed different on this one.

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Date: 12/21/12 5:58 PM

Try gathering the center back vertically. With the collar flat, before it's attached to the neckline, run a row of gathering threads on each side of the CB line, then place a piece of twill tape or seam binding on the wrong side of the collar, between the gathering lines and stitch the gathers in place. I did this the other day on a self-drafted knit collar; a 10" high collar piece was gathered into 4", then folded so that when it was attached to the neckline, the back was only 2" high and the gathers created a very graceful "guide" for the rest of the collar to follow.
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Date: 12/21/12 6:06 PM

Try on the cowl alone before you sew it to the garment. It all depends on the fabric and how drapey it is.
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Date: 12/21/12 10:08 PM

Ooh, thanks for this. I made a cowl last year that is also too high and I can't get it to lay right when on. I'm going to try your idea.

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