The “Princess and the Cowl” Top
Fabric: Ivory cotton knit from FineFabrics.com
Pattern: Sewaholic Patterns 1201 Renfrow Top
Notions: Twill tape
Time to complete: A few hours
First worn: December, 2011
Wear again? Yes. I already have many, many times.
Total price: $20
I feel like this week’s challenge makes me look a bit like a celebrity stalker. Instead of pulling my Make-This-Look inspiration from an online dress, as is typical for Mena’s MTL series, I have an image of Kate Middleton. And, to top that, I know the exact Cashmere Cowl Neck Tunic she happens to be wearing in said image. A bit much, right? Well, I can’t take credit for the garment sleuthing. The transformation from image to actual garment was done by katemiddletonstyle.org. All my stalking really boils down to a serendipitous Google search that led me here and here.
- Cashmere Cowl NeckTunic from John Lewis (no longer available online – what better reason to make it yourself! – but it was £99, and then eventually went on sale for £49.50)
- Fabric: Organic Cotton SweatShirt Knit from FineFabrics.com (on sale for $12.50/yd)
- Pattern: Sewaholic Patterns 1201 Renfrow Top
“But, Amy, if it was just announced, then how could you have already made it?”
Magic, dear readers. Of the similar sort that katemiddletonstyle.org uses to figure out everything that Kate Middleton owns. Creepy, stalker magic.
No, really, I helped Tasia test this pattern, which means she sent me (and others) an early version of this pattern to make up and work out all of the kinks so that it would be perfect for all of you. I chose to make the official view C with the cowl neck and three-quarter length sleeve, but it would have been easy enough to make the long sleeve version in a tunic length had I wanted to more closely replicate the original cowl.
For the fabric I focused on how much I liked the look of Kate Middleton’s simple tunic, so I chose a cotton sweater knit in a neutral color from FineFabrics.com similar to this one (the fabric I originally purchased is no longer available online). I was really pleased with the knit. It was so soft and comfy, and immediately I knew it was perfect for this cozy cowl.
Now, I have to be honest. Though I liked this sweater on Kate Middleton, I was anticipating more of a “Meh.” response for it on me since I’ve never owned a cowl-necked anything before. Yet, after it came together (in hours, no less!), I didn’t take it off for nearly two days. Don’t judge; it was love.
Anyway, there you have it. My “Princess and the Cowl” top. And they lived happily ever after…