I made this super cosy cowl a couple of years ago and I have had so much use out of it!
I get lots of compliments when wearing it- people often ask me where it's from!
The sewing pattern is The Parkwood Cowl from Wendy Ward's MIY collection.
and is basically a shaped and lined neck and shoulder warmer that you just pull on over your head.
I found the rather lovely Chanel-esque tweed in Brighton's Ditto fabrics along with a perfectly matching super soft purple sweat -shirting for the lining. The colour of the tweed really appealed to me as I find purple a very wearable winter colour and I couldn't resist the fun pops of neon in the weave. Only half a meter was required so budget - wise it is worth going for a really nice quality fabric....
I have now made 4 versions of the Coco top/dress. The dress (above) is for casual weekend slouching (!) but the two tops are worn for work with skinny black trousers. The third top is a bolder print and a more going-out number!
I love this easy to sew pattern for these reasons:
1. flattering elegant neckline
2. fitted but gently flared at the hem for a flattering fit on the body
Following my previous post on making toys from a 1970s 'golden hands' publication I have now made 3 corduroy chimps! They look great but I forgot how much of a nightmare corduroy is to work with.. it moves about under the presser foot and there is fluff EVERYWHERE!