How to Make a Sexy Satin DIY Cowl Neck Top

Knick Knacks
by Knick Knacks
8 Materials
2 Hours

Want to make your own DIY cowl neck top? You've probably seen this sexy number making its rounds on Pinterest and other social channels. I see why though, it’s such a stunning, sexy, and snazzy piece of clothing to own!

In this tutorial, I am going to show you exactly how to cut and sew a cowl neck top from scratch. So, page down and see the magic happen!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter

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Taking bust measurements

1. Take your measurements

First things first, measure yourself with measuring tape. Measure around your bust and the desired length of your top. Write these measurements down, so you don’t forget them. 

Measuring the fabric for the cowl neck top

2. Make the cowl neck top pattern

For this satin cowl neck top, you need to cut the pattern pieces according to the measurements you just took. Start by measuring the length. 

Cutting fabric with a rotary cutter

Now cut out the excess fabric. This first piece will make up the back of the bodice. 

Measuring the bodice front of a cowl neck top

For the front bodice, fold your fabric in half. Measure the length you want your top to be (I put my ruler as a guide), and then add another 20cm (7.87 inches) over and above your original length. This will be for the falling neckline. Then cut, accordingly. 

Pinning the folded edges of the DIY top

Unfold the fabric and right sides up, fold 20cm (7.87 inches) of fabric towards you ( make sure it’s 20cm on either side). Then, pin the edges on the fold. 

How to make a cowl neck top

Now, mark 2cm (0.78 inches) from either edge and with a fabric marker, make a dot. 

How to make a pattern for a cowl neck top

Then, mark 14cm (5.51 inches) down from either side of the 2cm (0.78 inches) mark. Make another mark, as shown. 

How to cut and sew cowl neck top

From the 14cm (5.51 inches) point, mark 1.5cm (0.59 inches) to the side. 

Drawing a curve to make the cowl neck

Connect the dots on either ends by drawing a slight curve, as shown. 

Cutting out the fabric pieces

Cut out these side pieces. 

Measuring and cutting the straps

To make the straps, simply cut out a few long pieces, as shown. I used the width of my ruler as a guideline for these straps.

That makes up all the pattern pieces; let’s move on to assembling the cowl neck top. 

Pinning the folded straps

3. Stitch the straps

Fold your straps in half and press to create a neat fold. Then, sew along the edge to secure it. 

Cutting off the excess fabric at the seams

Cut the excess fabric on edge, and turn the straps inside out with a loop turner. 

Making a DIY cowl neck top

4. Assemble the cowl neck top

My back piece was a little too long for my liking, so I reduced the length by 3cm (1.18 inches). 

Cutting the interfacing for the cowl neck top

Then, I folded 10cm (3.93 inches) from the top and cut that off - this will be for my interfacing for the back bodice piece. 

Pinning the straps to the bodice

To pin the straps, place them right on the curved area of the front bodice. Make sure the strap is sandwiched in between the fold on the right side of the fabric. I made a mistake and had to seam rip this section. 

Sewing down the straps with a straight stitch

To secure the straps, straight stitch along the curved edge, leaving ½ a cm (0.2 inches) of seam allowance. Repeat on the other side. 

Adding a zigzag stitch to the fabric edges

Now, zigzag stitch the edges to prevent fraying. 

Sewing the interfacing to the bodice

Straight stitch the seam allowance to the facing on both sides of the top. 

Assembling cowl neck top

5. Assemble the back cowl neck top

Place your facing on top of the back piece, right sides facing. Then, decide where you want your straps to go. 

Tip: I used a ruler for this part; it made it easier to place the straps in a straightway. 

Pinning the straps to the cowl neck top

Pin your straps in place, and sandwich them in between the back bodice and the facing. 

Sewing the cowl neck top

Now, pin the back and front bodice pieces so you have more leverage, then straight stitch along the edge of the back bodice piece to secure the straps and facing. Leave ½ cm (0.2 inches) seam allowance. 

Adding a zigzag stitch

Then, follow with a zigzag stitch. 

Sewing a cowl neck top

Straight stitch the seam allowance to the back facing. 

How to sew a cowl neck top

Then, go ahead and straight-stitch the front and back edges together. 

DIY cowl neck top

This is what it should look like. 

Adding finishing touches to the cowl neck top

Try the top on, and cut off any excess fabric to the length you want. Obviously, this is optional. 

Hemming the DIY cowl neck top

6. Finish the hem

Zigzag stitch the frayed edges. 

Sewing the double-folded hem

Then follow that with a double-folded hem. 

DIY satin cowl neck top

DIY cowl neck top tutorial

Your DIY cowl neck top is complete! This satin cowl neck top is so elegant and chic, and can be worn casually or for a fun date night. Let me know what you think of this DIY cowl neck top tutorial in the comments below.

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