It’s pretty mind-blowing that this is the second post on this young blog that has something to do with neckwear. OK, maybe not mind-blowing. But it is surprising, considering that I’ve only possessed one scarf in my lifetime, purchased during my stint living in Utah, and even that only got worn a few times. I’m hot-natured and have lived most of my life in a hot-and-getting-hotter climate, but even more so, I simply don’t like anything fitted around my neck. Never have worn turtlenecks (not even mock), high necklines bug me, and I tend to button up only as high as necessary for propriety’s sake. :)
That’s precisely why cowls/infinity scarves/whatever-you-wanna-call-them are perfect for me — and are even better when I choose the fabric from which they’re made. So now, I present a few of the distinguished advantages of the wise old cowl:
wear it loose or snug!
use a wide variety of fabric weights & content!
makes a perfect gift!
sews up oh-so-quickly!
Actually, I’m going to go a step further than just scrap-bustability. For someone like me who is SO prone to stashing, I often see a fabric I fall in love with — then, being uncertain about what I’ll do with it, I buy three yards justincase. Being faced with this exact scenario recently, my friend Miss Lulu reminded me that I could just get half a yard and enjoy it as a cowl. So I did, and here’s the result…
This red one is a bamboo sweater knit from The Common Thread in Austin. It is scrumptiously soft and having it around my neck feels incredible! The one in the top picture is made from a silk velvet burnout that was a glorious splurge from TexStyles, also in Austin. [I love all my local fabric stores!! We’re getting more all the time too, which is awesome. When you’re in the area, I also highly recommend Fabricker and Stitched Fabric Boutique — my stash contains gems from both of these places that you’ll see here at some point!]
Anyway, regarding technique. I’ve been making these from this video tutorial, which I highly recommend, even for a very first sewing project. If your fabric is 54″ to 60″ wide, you can make it from 1/2 to 2/3 of a yard, depending on the desired width. But if it’s 45″, especially if it’s woven, you’ll need about a yard and a half — but you’ll be able to make 2 cowls with this amount and avoid last-minute gift shopping for some lucky friend at a later time…
Recently, my mom and Aunt Carol came over for a day of sewing fun, and among our makes that day were a few of these cowls. The black and white floral that my aunt (on the left) is wearing is a cotton voile, purchased a while back from Fabric Mart. The other one, on my mom, is a cotton jersey still in stock from Mood.
I’ve even got a cowl on the knitting needles, but that’s a whole ‘nother post. Have you tried this method of cowl construction? Do you have one that you like better?