Rosy Fall Cowl

Sew Well - Cowl-neck Renfrew in #moodfabrics pink cotton jersey

I started planning my next Mood Sewing Network make back in August. I picked out one of Mood’s fun Liberty of London prints. I downloaded a pattern for a cute, sleeveless BurdaStyle dress. I printed the pattern out and taped it together.  I cut out my size and made a few flat-pattern adjustments. Then, just as I was getting ready to make a muslin, the weather shifted here in Seattle and fall appeared. With the chill in the air, I lost all motivation to make a cute summer dress. Instead I wanted something cozy.

Sew Well - Cowl-neck Renfrew in #moodfabrics pink cotton jersey

While I stalled, debating whether a project counts as an unfinished object (UFO) if the pattern is prepared but the fabric is left uncut, I kept eyeing a pink cotton jersey from Mood that I’d picked out a few months back (no longer available online – sorry! – but check out this one and this one and this one instead). It looked so cozy, and I kept imagining it as a cowl.  As the fall weather continued, that imaginary pink cowl became a cowl I wanted to wear right that moment. So, I put aside all of the work I’d already done to prepare the dress pattern and grabbed my tried-and-true (TNT) cowl-neck top pattern: the Sewaholic Renfrew.

Sew Well - Cowl-neck Renfrew in #moodfabrics pink cotton jersey

Ever since making my first cowl-neck Renfrew back in 2011, I always knew I’d make more. My second one was made in 2013 during my maternity sewing, and, unfortunately, that one hasn’t gotten much wear since that winter given all of the excess fabric it has in the tummy area. But, it was very loved back then. This pink version is my third. Given that it’s now 2015, it seems I’m on an every-other-year schedule for making these cowls!  And, I have to admit that I think this one is my favorite!

Sew Well - Cowl-neck Renfrew in #moodfabrics pink cotton jersey

I made the pattern as shown in view C, only I doubled the height of the waistband to give it a bit of a tunic feel. I really like the length! I almost added the length into the top itself, leaving the waistband as designed, but I worried the waistband would ride up, leading to a baggy top instead of a tunic. I’m still unsure if I like the way the waistband hugs my bum though (I didn’t think to account for the extra bit of width in my hips!), so next time I might try adding more width to the waistband to give my hips a bit more room.

Sew Well - Cowl-neck Renfrew in #moodfabrics pink cotton jersey

This top’s dirty little secret is the neckband topstitching. I forgot to check my machine’s tension before topstitching the neckline, and after I was finished I immediately realized my mistake when I saw all of the skipped stitches.  I tried unpicking the topstitching, only to realize that I was stretching out the neckline. A stretched out neckline seemed worse than a bit of wonky topstitching, so I decided to just stitch over the original topstitching with the correct tension. The second row of topstitching dominates, which means that overall everything looks okay, but I’m thankful that the cowl neck covers the topstitching up for the most part. Lesson learned though: I will not launch right into topstitching without first testing my machine’s settings on a scrap of fabric! All of the rest of the interior seams were finished on my serger.

Sew Well - Cowl-neck Renfrew in #moodfabrics pink cotton jersey

Even though it was hard for me to set aside my original plans, I’m so happy that I decided to make this cowl instead.  I feel great in it, and it fits right into my life, whether I’m out and about or chasing my daughter around the house. I think this cowl is going to get a lot of wear until the weather warms up again!

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  • Vickie Goldman
    October 6, 2015

    NO! Don’t give more room to the band, it will look baggy if you do. I like it this way. Enjoy your figure.

    • Amy
      October 6, 2015

      Okay! Thanks for the reassurance. Being a mom has definitely made me shy about my figure. I should be more confident!

  • Kate McIvor
    October 6, 2015

    I love this Renfrew! I’ve been thinking about wider waistbands for myself. Now I’m inspired! I was in Seattle over the weekend….It’s not particularly cold compared to Montana. :)

    • Amy
      October 6, 2015

      Seattle is definitely not cold compared to Montana, which is actually where I was born! But, living in Southern California for many years seems to have really lowered my threshold for chilly weather!

  • Alison
    October 7, 2015

    Love the cowl. So good for fall! Plus- random… I have that same swan chair!! It was my grandmother’s. Quite cherished.

    • Amy
      October 7, 2015

      So cool! This one was my grandmother’s as well. My mom calls it a goose-neck rocker, but I call it a swan rocker – just like you did! Glad to know someone else is on my side :)

  • Lori
    October 7, 2015

    Love this Renfrew, what a great idea on the increased width. Also, this is a gorgeous color on you, Amy.

    • Amy
      October 7, 2015

      Thanks! My secret is that I actually had my colors done, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to make the most of what I’ve learned. I think this top is my first real success!

  • Amanda S.
    October 7, 2015

    I love this so much I am going to blatantly copy it! The extra length on the waistband makes it chic and not frumpy looking like some sweatshirts can. Also I second the gorgeous color on you – really makes your complexion glow.

    • Amy
      October 7, 2015

      Copy away! I am always so inspired by your sewing, so knowing you made something inspired by me would be such a huge honor. Thank you!!!

  • Fiona
    October 7, 2015

    Lovely colour on you! You’ve totally just inspired me to get some cowl neck action going on in my wardrobe for winter!

    • Amy
      October 7, 2015

      You would look fabulous in a cowl! I can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Peter
    October 16, 2015

    I love this cowl-neck: too bad there’s no menswear equivalent — not entirely sure why. The pink is beautiful on you, the fit is perfect, and it looks very, very cuddly. Great job!