Monday, December 10, 2018

How to make a cowl neck dress

How to make a cowl neck dress

We recently released The Jolene Turtleneck Dress and Top pdf sewing pattern and it has been soooo well received by you all!! The night it released I had emails from customers that had sewn it the very next morning!! I LOVE being able to bring you all a pattern that YOU LOVE!!

The great thing about this Turtleneck Dress sewing pattern is that you can hack it in so many ways!
Today I am going to show you how to add a cowl neck to the Jolene Dress!

Let's get started!

1. Print your pattern. Get a copy here. Cut out your paper pattern pieces.
2. Cut out a Jolene Dress or Top back in your knit fabric.
3. Lay out your front paper pattern piece. Make a mark 3 inches below the front neckline. Connect that mark to the shoulder edge.


4. Cut out a Jolene Dress or Top front.

5. Cut out the sleeves.

6. Pin the dress front and back at the shoulders only. Sew.

7. Measure your neckline and add 7 inches to this number. My neckline measured 19 inches around, so I added 7 inches and got 26 inches. My cowl neckline will be 26 inches wide.


8. Cut out a cowl neck that is that many inches wide by 21 inches tall. Mine will be 26 inches wide by 21 inches tall. It is a rectangle (super easy!). I did it on the fold so you will see a 13 inch wide by 21 inch tall cowl here...it is still folded in half.


9. Fold your cowl right sides together and sew along the 21 inch side so it is a tall loop.

10. Fold the top down to meet the bottom so the seams are hidden.


11. Baste around the bottom neckline of the cowl to hold the 2 layers together. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance when you baste stitch.

12. Pin your dress sleeves and sew.

13. Sew your dress right sides together from sleeve edge down to dress' hem.

14. Keep your dress inside out.

15. Quarter your cowl neck and your dress neckline by evenly spacing out four pins.


16. Slip your cowl neck into your dress neckline, making the  raw edges meet. The basted edge will meet your dress neckline. Match up the pins on the cowl to the pins on the dress neckline and attach. Evenly distribute the cowl neckline around the dress neckline. Pin.


17. Sew around your cowl neck using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

18. Flip cowl up, hem your sleeves and dress and you are done!!


Be on the lookout for more Jolene Turtleneck Dress sewing pattern hacks coming soon!!

Women's Turtleneck Dress sewing pattern - Jolene Dress pdf sewing pattern by Seamingly Smitten

The Jolene Turtleneck Dress pdf sewing pattern for Women 


I am soooo excited about this latest pattern release!! This one is the Jolene Turtleneck Dress pdf sewing pattern and it can also be a Turtlenck Top!! This pattern features knit fabric, a flared hem, turtleneck or mock turtleneck neckline and long sleeves! I already have 2 dresses and a top that are regulars in my wardrobe for this cold weather! 

Check out all the fabulous customer pics below!! You can find the pattern by CLICKING HERE :)



Turtleneck Dress pattern Women, Turtleneck sewing pattern pdf

The Jolene Turtleneck Dress and Top for Women
includes all sizes XS-XXXL 

*Pattern prints on US Letter size paper, A4 size paper and we even include an A0 copy shop size for you!

Looking for a Turtleneck Sewing Pattern that you can use to make a Turtleneck Dress AND a Turtleneck Top? Then this Jolene Turtleneck Dress / Top Pattern is just FOR YOU!! This pdf sewing pattern will help you create a knit, long sleeved, slightly flared, turtleneck dress or top and you can CHOOSE a MOCK turtleneck OR a FULL turtleneck style!



The Jolene Turtleneck Dress is quick and easy to make in your favorite knits such as: double brushed poly, jersey knit, hacci sweater knit, cotton spandex or even a ribbed knit.

*All sizes XS – XXXL (sizes 0-26) are included in this pattern. This pattern features 23 photo illustrations and tutorial-style instructions to help you create your very own Jolene Turtleneck Dress or Top today!
Full-sized, color-coded pattern pieces are included for all sizes. Petite, regular and tall hem lengths and sleeve lengths are included, along with petite and regular size widths. Let’s get sewing!













Be on the lookout for some pattern hacks coming soon!! 


Thursday, December 7, 2017

How to Sew a V Neck Tutorial for the Cowl Neck Poncho pdf sewing pattern

How to Sew a V Neckband Tutorial 

Last week we debuted this Women's Cowl Neck Hooded Poncho and our Girl's Cowl Neck Hooded Poncho sewing patterns! We even have them in a bundle HERE and you can save 40% with code PONCHOTOUR at checkout through 12/13.

Sometimes you may not want to wear a hood or a cowl neck, but instead make it a poncho that can have layers underneath! This V Neck Poncho tutorial is just what you are looking for on those days!

TUTORIAL 
How to Sew a V Neckband

1. Cut a poncho back piece, then cut a poncho front piece and cut a 6 inch deep V on the front of your poncho. *I used 6 inches for mine and my daughter's buy you can go higher or lower here. 

2. Pin the front and back at the shoulders and sew the shoulders using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. 


3. Measure the neckline opening. I lay my measuring tape around it, take that number and multiply by .8 to get my neckline measurement. Here it is 21 inches x 0.8 = 16.8 so we can round up to 17. 


Cut a 2 inch tall by 17 inches wide neckband. You want the stretch going width wise, so the 17 inch side has the most stretch. 



4. Lay your neckband piece right sides together and find the center of the 2 inch side. Go over 1 inch onto your fabric and pin at this center mark. 


5. Sew from the top right corner to the pin, pivot and sew back down to the bottom right corner of your neckband. Cut out this sideways V shape. 

6. Fold the neckband down wrong sides together so you have a pretty V neckline on your neckband. Press with an iron. Baste the bottom left 3 inches and bottom right 3 inches of the v neckline using a 1/8 inch seam allowance to hold the neckband in place. 



6. Baste stitch the v neckline of your poncho. I baste stitch about 3 inches on either side of the v. 


7. Clip up to the V but not through it to give the V some ease. 

8. Match the neckband V to the poncho V. Pin at the center along your basting stitch. This is to hold the V in place.

9. Turn the left side of the neckband and lay it flat onto the V neckline, keeping the center V's steady. Place a few pins going about 3 or 4 inches along the left neckline to get the V neck started. 

Sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Pivot at the center V and continue with pinning and sewing the right side of the neckband to the right front neckline for about 3 or 4 inches. 


10. Flip neckband up and check out your center point. 

11. Pin the rest of the neckband evenly spaced throughout the rest of the neckline. Sew using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.



Sew the rest of the Women's Cowl Neck Poncho or Girl's Cowl Neck Poncho as stated in the pattern. Enjoy!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Women's Poncho pattern PDF pattern

The Women's Poncho pattern PDF sewing pattern (XS-XXXL)

We just released 2 new patterns this week PLUS a Mommy and Me BUNDLE!! 

You can find the:
 Women's Catherine's Cowl Neck or Cowl Hood PONCHO pattern HERE
Girl's Catherine's Cowl Neck PONCHO pattern HERE
Mommy and Me Cowl Neck Poncho BUNDLE patterns HERE



It has been a HUGE week over here at Seamingly Smitten and there has been so much talk about our NEW Women's and Girl's Cowl Neck and Cowl Hood Poncho!! Have you seen all those gorgeous pattern tester photos? This was the largest pattern tester group we have ever had and these ladies ROCKED IT!! The Cowl Neck Poncho features curved or straight sides, a cowl neck or cowl neck hood, optional kangaroo pocket, three hem lengths (petite, regular or tall), armhole slits and curved or straight side slits that you can raise or lower! With so many options, you will want to make more than one!

Want to know how to style it?
Here are OVER 30 WAYS to wear your poncho on our PINTEREST Board HERE.




Catherine’s Cowl Neck Poncho can be made in a knit fabric such as sweater knit, fleece, French terry, flannel, sweatshirt fleece, jersey, double brushed poly or similar. Make it in your favorite winter colors such as black, grey, camel or even burgundy or eggplant! You will want one to go with everything in your closet! 


Cozy does it! You will want to wrap yourself up in this poncho every day! 

No buttons needed! There are actual armholes / armhole slits for your arms so you wear it just like a top!


*All sizes XS – XXXL (sizes 0-26) are included in this pattern. This pattern features photo  illustrations and tutorial style instructions to help you create your very own Cowl Neck Poncho. Full-sized, color-coded pattern pieces for the poncho, kangaroo pocket, cowl neck and cowl neck hood are included for all sizes. 

Use your favorite knit or sweater knit!

Petite and Regular size poncho widths are included, along with Petite, Regular and Tall hem lengths.




You can even use fleece for extra warmth.

Or make it in a waterproof material!

Use a lightweight sweater knit for cooler weather styles.








Or even a minky type fabric that you will love snuggling up in!!