Cowl Neck Pattern Making Tutorial

The cowl neck is a gorgeous addition to any basic block or style. It’s a contemporary neckline that’s relatively easy to draft, making it a great neckline for beginners. It can be applied to the basic bodice block and any derivative style that features an untouched neckline. The finished pattern is cut on the bias (cut diagonally on the material) creating a soft and subtle drape effect. An elegant addition to any dress or top!

In this Cowl neck pattern making tutorial, you will learn how to add a cowl neckline to your basic bodice, torso or dress block, using Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform. We’ll show you step-by-step how to maniupate the block what tools you’ll need and how to create a variety of different cowl neck styles. Take a look at the cowl neck pattern making tutorial to find out more. 

Basic Block/ Sloper Elements

You will need a basic block that has a “Classic” front dart to follow this tutorial and draft this sleeve.

To save time, click the button below. We’ll create a basic block (in the Lab) that already has this dart preselected for you. All you’ll need to do is select a profile or one of our standard sizes. Don’t forget to purchase your block as an ePattern and not a PDF! PDF patterns can’t be edited, they can only be printed on paper. ePatterns ar fully editable digital basic blocks. 

Draft or Download a Digital Basic Block

Follow along with our tutorials and learn digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator CC. Purchase and download one of our editable digital basic blocks. We have a few options for you to choose from...

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform

Learn the step-by-step basics of digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator in our short crash course. It’s your first step to producing digital sewing patterns like a pro.

Adding seam allowance

Follow this simple and handy tutorial to learn how to add seam allowance to your finished pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Multi-page PDF patterns

Transform your finished pattern into multi-page PDF patterns in a range of paper sizes. Then save, print, share and sell your patterns online. 


  1. Maria

    I happened to stumble upon your website and I thought wow!!! what a genius concept. Thank you! X

    • Ralph Pink

      Thanks for the lovely comment! We’re glad you love the site!

  2. pursuring perfect

    Fantasitc block, Ralph! It has been working perfectly for me! Your tutorials are top shelf. How could I draft this cowl neck, but keep the bust darts for a gather design element?

  3. Gulistan Kavvasoglu


    I am very happy to discover you, and still cant believe .

    Thank you


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