Though the before looks pretty – I can tell you that it did not lay so evenly when put on.
I love the nautical stripes and thought that with a little help, this summer sweater (it is so soft!) would get a lot more milage if it lost the cowl.
I’m no master at sewing – but I hope these instructions help you.
lay out sweater on a flat surface like a dining room table
inspect seam to see if you can (gently) use a seam ripper to separate the cowl – if not, allow yourself 3/4 of an inch allowance for fold over seam.
remember to measure carefully before you cut and use sharp scissors.
fold what’s left of your fabric collar in half , then again before sewing flat on the inside. (I used a running blanket stitch on the inside collar seam.)
I was lucky with this sweater in that there was a natural seam that was left after I cut the cowl off. This may not always be the case but I can say I won’t hesitate to whip out the scissors next time I get ready to toss a shirt in the donate pile.
This is a fairly quick project that will hopefully have you looking at your closet in a different way.
One helpful tip? With thin shoulder straps like this – it is inevitable that a wayward bra strap would get loose. I used the hanger straps of the garment (already sewn in) and added snaps. This keeps my bra straps from showing and comes in handy when hanging up too!