For the sake of explaining the way this cowl works, here are some particularly dorky photos for your amusement:
But it does illustrate how the cowl works. It is a long tube, with the front longer than the back.
Here it is laid out flat.
We can make this neckline to go on a standard t-shirt pattern (see how to copy your favourite shirt here) , or t-shirt dress pattern (exactly as for this tank dress, but with a t-shirt rather than a tank used at the top), which is what I did here. I also included full length sleeves (instructions for creating full length sleeves from short sleeves here). You can use any regular t-shirt or t-shirt dress pattern to do this. Just choose a style with a regular round neckline rather than a boat or v-neckline.
|Basic T-shirt dress|
|Basic standard t-shirt.|
|Old line crossed out, new line drawn in underneath.|
From there, you measure the neckline you have created on the stitching line. That means whatever seam allowance your pattern states, you measure that far in from the edge. Measure front and back, not including the shoulder seam allowances. We are working on the half pattern, so we only need the half measurements. (Shown in red here)
Moving on to creating the actual cowl.
The cowl has 2 lines of symmetry, one of which will be on the fold of the fabric, and the other will be created by working on a folded piece of paper. I am working on brown paper, and I fold a length down like so.
From this point, it is inserted into the shirt just like a regular ribbed neckline. I also topstitched over the seam with a zigzag stitch. The rest of the dress or t-shirt is put together like a regular t-shirt. Check out flat method construction.