Tuesday, March 13, 2012

the commuter cowl pattern is here!!!!! you guys i am soooooooooooo excited!!!!  this cowl has been in the works for a while now and it's very close to my heart.  after releasing the twisted slouch hat tutorial i just knew the next item in my little sketchbook of goodies had to be my first sewing pattern.  the drawings in this sketchbook all have one thing in common...a theme inspired by the leafless and twisted trees that form a halo around our island city.  they always remind me of knitted cables (which i adore) and i really have been enjoying the idea of manipulating and altering the construction of fabrics and thinking of new ways to twist, knot and move fabric to change it's appearance all while keeping it simple in it's sewing but fun on construction.  i hope you all enjoy it as well.

the commuter cowl pattern features:

: : digitally drafted & professionally designed tutorial

: : 12 page full color pdf pattern complete with clear & easy to understand step by step instructions with bright photos and digitally drafted diagrams

: : instructions for a professionally finished accessory featuring 2 ways & 2 sizes to make/wear your cowl

: : fabric requirements, notions, and sewing tips/glossary to ensure a great finished product

: : a fun sewing experience :)

the commuter cowl pattern is available for purchase at the following:


the commuter cowl pattern is a stylish, lightweight and versatile cowl that is fun in construction and high on style! this is a great project for beginners to advanced sewers & is made all in one piece from ½ of a yard or 3/4 of a yard of fabric with little waste leftover.  show off your fave print and add some flair to any outfit throughout the whole year. the idea of movement inspired from the fabric line used paired with the knots reminiscent of the leafless branches of the tress on the island i live helped to create what is now the commuter cowl.

in the commuter cowl pattern you will find clear photographs throughout this sewing tutorial as well as easy to read instructions to help make sewing the commuter cowl an enjoyable & fun experience.  so grab your fave fabric crush and come sew along with me!  

the commuter cowl pattern can be worn 2 ways and sewn in 2 different sizes:

OPTION A - made from a 1/2 yard, worn as a necklace style cowl (top) or as a more structural cowl (middle).
OPTION B - made out of 3/4 of a yard of fabric that can also be worn 2 ways as shown above.  the 3/4 yard cowl gives you an extra dose of loft, pouf, and the movement that's reminiscent of a knit cowl.  love it!

besides our lovely winter tress the main inspiration for the name, styling and overall appearance of this cowl was the awesome line "commute" from birch fabrics by jay-cyn.  LOVE it!  something about those bikes, transportation and the color palette struck me as the perfect fabric to pair with this cowl for those daily commutes.  who says we all can't add a bit of whimsy to our daily commutes?  even if we're biking, driving, walking or busing we might as well look stylish right?  plus it will keep us warm on cool days and cool on warm days :)  that's right...that's how we roll here <3  i'm a gemini - what can i

you all know how i love options!!  i love giving you all a great base that you can customize and wear the way that suits your style and personality!  heck you could even adjust the size down on this cowl and whip one up for your kidlet!  i plan on making one for mackenzie really soon. 

i want to give a huge thank you to all my friends/family who supported me when deciding to take the plunge into selling a sewn pattern. it's been a crazy ride and i just  you guys are the best.  i'd also like to thank all my lovely pattern testers who helped me out tons! i couldn't have done it without your help (thanks mom!).  a special thank you to anna from noodlehead for her invaluable help and eye :)  and how could i not thank my gorgeous and talented friend jane richmond for modeling for me and also for being a constant sounding board for all my crazy ideas - thank you for all of your support jane - i luv ya girl. a thank you to cynthia of fabricworm & birch fabrics for her awesome designs and generous use of her rockin' fabrics!

the pattern is available for purchase in the following:
 etsy  || craftsy  ||  go to patterns

so are you all ready to sew with me?  hop on over to my brand new etsy shop and pick up a copy of your own!  i can't wait to see what you all create!!!!  don't forget to add your cowl pictures to our flickr group so we can all see how lovely you look in your commuter cowls!   what fabric line are you going to make yours in? stay tuned for tomorrow when i'll be doing a fabric review on the birch fabrics i used today. happy sewing everyone!


fabrics used in this post: 
from commute by jay-cyn for birch fabrics - by bike, bike it, and pool ride
can be purchased at fabricworm

from lark by amy butler - chinese lanterns grass
can be purchased at stitch simple


  1. Are you & Jane like BFF or what?? I'm so jealous!! :P

    1. Hahahaha....yes, Jane is a close friend of mine. I'm jealous of myself :) LOL!

  2. Cool Shannon! Looks fab - you must be thrilled!!!

  3. love the cowl! congrats!!!! jane looks great! xo

  4. Wooohoooo! I am so excited that it's up! You rock Shannon. You are so creative that being your sounding board is FUN!!!

  5. Well isn't this just the perfect thing for spring? Congrats on our pattern/etsy shop, I know it's just the start of so much awesomeness for you!

  6. adorable! i love those little bikes too! great to see your selling on etsy.

  7. How exciting to be releasing your first sewing pattern! I love those bikes, can't decide which print I like the best! Beautiful photos of Jane, I love the profile shot near the ocean.

  8. I love it! I think I'll make a voile/quilting cotton one for myself!! Great pattern!!

  9. Congratulations on the new pattern--the construction is so fun. And I love your collaborations with Jane!

  10. It's gorgeous! I adore the Chinese Lanterns fabric. Great job, Shannon! And congratulations on the new shop. :) I am so so happy for you!!

  11. Thanks guys! So glad you like it! They are super fun and quick to whip up and addicting to make! AS you can see I've made 5 of them! LOL!

  12. i am so proud of you! very creative and cute pattern! ^_^


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