10-Minute Cowl Neck Top – No Sew DIY!

Cowl Neck Top DIY


Do you like an easy, quick DIY that’s actually wearable?


I definitely do 😀 Many dancers liked the 10-minute overskirt DIY that I posted a while ago.


So, I made another 10-minute project. It’s a cowl neck top that can be used as a practice top or decorate it to make a costume top. It’s a no-sew project so even if you don’t sew, you can do it, no problem. Let’s get started!



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To make this cowl neck top, all you need is:


Stretch fabric – Picking the right fabric is key for the nice drape at the neck. Get soft knit fabric, the kind of fabric used to make summer dresses, or other lightweight stretch fabric that drapes well. Half a meter is plenty.



DIY 10-minute no-sew Cowl Neck Top


First, measure your underbust.


Next, lay your fabric on a flat surface and check the direction of stretch.


Fold the fabric in half, so the fold is perpendicular to the direction of the stretch.


Direction of stretch


Now here’s quick math:


First, divide your underbust measurement by 2 then add 20cm or 8in. Let’s call this Length A.


Then, take your underbust measurement again and divide it by 4. We’ll call this Length B.


Math for cowl neck top DIY


Back to the fabric, measure Length A from the fold and draw a straight line there. And from the end of the line, measure 8cm or 3in down.


From the long line, measure 30cm or 12in down. And draw a line that is the same length from the fold.


And from the end of the line, measure 8cm or 3in up.


Next, measure Length B from the middle point on the fold and mark it there.


Now, we’ll draw a curved line to connect the mark in the middle and the ends of the 8cm lines. This does not have to be exact. Just draw a smooth line.


DIY no sew Cowl Neck Crop Top Pattern


And cut along the line…. and that’s it!


To wear it, first tie 2 ends at the bottom at the back. Then take the other 2 ends and adjust the length as you like, and tie at the back of your neck. If you fold the top edge inside a couple of cm or an inch or so and tie at the back of your neck, the edge is more likely to drape inward.


Fold top edge of cowl neck top DIY pattern


And here’s what it looks like when I put on this top with the DIY shrug I shared with you before.


Cowl Neck Top with Shrug DIY


It was pretty simple, right? If you need matching tops for your troupe, try this one! 🙂 And if you want a more professional finish, you can always add a seam allowance around all edges to fold in and do a top stitch all around it. But really, no one can see such details when you are up on the stage, and I think it looks great!


Hope you liked this cowl neck top, and if you did, please share it with your troupemates and students! And if you want to learn more about belly dance costume making, I have a new email course called Belly Dance Costume Making 101.


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  8 comments for “10-Minute Cowl Neck Top – No Sew DIY!

  1. Shaida
    January 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. Your video made it very easy to understand. I can’t wait to make this top.

    • Mao
      January 11, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Aw thanks for your kind words, Shaida. So excited to hear you want to give this top a try! 😀 Have fun!

  2. Agathe
    June 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I just discover your blog today (many thanks to Mahin newsletter), and it is AWESOME!!! What a good idea this top, I love it. I think that I won’t wait more than few minutes before trying to make one. I just need to find a fabric in my reserve 😉 Thank you very much to share your good ideas with us. xxxx from France

    • Mao
      June 21, 2016 at 9:39 am

      So happy to hear that, Agathe! Thanks so much for your kind words. You’re very welcome, and let me know if I can help you in any way 🙂

  3. June 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    We made this top for our spring hafla – it was so easy and awesome, thank you for the great tutorial!

    • Mao
      June 23, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Aw that’s great to hear! Do you happen to have a photo? I’d love it if you could share one with me at mao@sparklybelly.com. I’d love to see! 🙂

  4. Christine Chapman
    August 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    HI Mao….I’ve seen some of your work online…but I recently signed up to get your emails….absolutely fantastic…& so easy.
    Thx heaps.
    CHRIS – Adelaide Australia.

    • Mao
      August 23, 2016 at 11:09 am

      So happy to hear that, Chris! Let me know if I can help you in any way 🙂

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