Vogue 8597 – Cowl Neck Top

April 21st, 2010

I am always looking out for non-shirt long sleeve top that doesn’t look like it came out of my grandma’s closet. I understand some grandmas are very stylish, but mine is 90 years old who has no sense of fashion whatsoever.

Most of the cute knit tops are either sleeveless or have short sleeve. I am constantly cold no matter how warm the weather is here in Southern California.

Finally I see this cowl neck top from Vogue and it fits the bill – long sleeve and stylish.

Vogue 8597 Cowl Neck Knit Top

There are many reviews of this pattern on patternreviews.com. I see that this pattern has some issues:

1) way too much ease – I think for the top to look stylish, it needs to be snugged.

2) armhole is way too low

3) cowl is too high – I want a biggish cowl

So thanks to everyone’s feedback, before I made the top, I altered the pattern. In fact, the top is quite easy to make; more than half of the time I actually spent on altering the pattern.

Vogue 8597 Cowl Neck Knit Top

Here are my alterations:

1) Eliminate the bust dart. Looking at the pictures again, I think the bust area does seem to need some shaping. But I just can’t get over the fact that this is a knit top. Knit top and darts just don’t go together.

2) Raise armholes 1.5 inches

3) I cut a size 6 (usually I wear a 10 or 12 in the Big 4 patterns). In additions, I removed 1.5 inches in the lower sleeve and 2 inches in the upper sleeve.

4) Add 0.5 inch in the upper bodice.

5) Lower the neckline 2 inches.

6) Increase the width of the cowl by 2 inches.

7) Lengthen the cowl by 3 inches.

See? I morphed it so much that it’s really not the original pattern anymore.

2 Responses to “Vogue 8597 – Cowl Neck Top”

  1. Laura says:

    Love this cowl neck top, since it can be both sporty and dressy. I’m making a cowl neck dress (vogue 8413) that I’d like to line, but can’t figure out how to line the bodice without lining the cowl. Any ideas?

  2. admin says:

    For this cowl neck, the “facing” is self-lined, so essentially it’s a big tube wrong side together. So perhaps you can do the same for your cowl neck dress? That would also make the edge more presentable.

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