Twisted "Draped Cowl" Tutorial

Thursday, November 13, 2008
This is a quick stylish variation on a drape-front (true Cowl) silhouette that can be done in just minutes!

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First, start with a drape-front cowl (photo #1) already in your wardrobe, or make one with the many patterns that exist for this style.

As shown In photo #2, turn the garment inside out and flip the facing up to expose the wrong side of front of the top.


Next, pinch some fabric near center front, twist it a bit, and hold the “pinched” fabric with a rubber band, as shown in photo #3. Later, if you want to make this design change permanent, the 'twist' can be stitched. Or just remove the band, and you have your original draped cowl!
Note: A small clear "ponytail" band works well for this!



Now turn down the facing to cover the banded fabric, as shown in photo #4.


As shown in photo #5, when the garment is turned right-side-out, the twisted detail becomes a new interesting design feature of the top!



Where you pinch and band the fabric is totally up to you: higher, lower, to the left or right of center, etc. There are infinite possibilities for design variations like these.... Have fun!