Saturday, June 14, 2014

Commuter Cowl Sewing Challenge

If you've been hanging around my blog lately, you may have noticed my sewing machine is seeing quite a bit of action these days!  Each completed project makes me feel a little more confident, ready to attempt new patterns!  It was so exciting to stumble across monthly sewing challenges over at Lil Pip Designs!
The pattern for June happens to be The Commuter Cowl by Very Shannon.  There are versions of it all over the web!  It's a pattern I had noticed and already wanted.  The sewing challenge was just the little push I needed!  This is a great pattern for beginners or anyone that likes working quickly.  I actually made two of them in one afternoon!
My first one was made with a soft, blue and white floral vintage sheet snagged at a thrift store.  Who knows how many times the fabric had been washed?

It's very soft and drapes beautifully, but it's kind of difficult to notice the cool knots at each shoulder. 
For my second Commuter Cowl the fabric may seem like an odd choice.  It's a couple of white bandanas pieced together!

In our area, there is a big PRCA Rodeo every year in July with lots of great summer activities.  Folks wear bandanas in all kinds of different ways.  I thought this might be a fun twist (pun intended) on the regular ol' bank robber bandana.

The bandanas are quite a bit stiffer than the vintage sheet and make the cowl feel and look more substantial.  They are also a bit bigger than the pattern requires, but that's the really fun thing about sewing for yourself - adapting patterns to whatever you like! 

I think it would be cute with a red dress and denim jacket.  Which one do you like better?  Soft blue floral or the bandanas?
Is your sewing machine seeing much action these days?  This is a great pattern for beginners.  There are all kinds of ways to make it your own!  If you have time, come join The Sewing Challenge!

Lil Pip Designs

;-)  -Marci


  1. I like them both, Marci, but I think my favourite is the blue and white floral. I think your suggestion of a red dress and denim jacket will work well with the bandana cowl.

  2. Love the bandana one :) both though look awesome! Hope your weekend is going great!

  3. Another great creation! Thanks for the share at the #WWDParty!

  4. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday! Hope to see you again next week! - Kristina

  5. Very pretty, Marci! Thank you bunches for linking up and partying with us!


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