The Wisewood - Cowl Neck Dress & Top Pattern


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Also available as a PDF download pattern here.

Possibly the most flattering and comfortable dress you'll ever wear! Big claims, but this pattern can deliver. Cowl necks are easy to wear and this pattern includes 2 cowl options - a standard depth cowl that you could probably wear without the need for a vest underneath or a dramatic deeper version that falls into lots of luxurious folds and drapes.

The pattern includes 2 different ways to finish the deeper cowl: simply left to drape through the whole of the dress front, or with the bottom part stitched out to give a more fitted dress below the waist which emphasises the beautiful drape of the cowl neck (like the short sleeved grey version in the pictures). See more versions under the #miywisewood and #wisewooddress hashtags on Instagram and on this Pinterest board. You can also find loads of inspiration, tips, reviews and tutorials specific to this pattern on Wendy's blog here.

Both dress and top versions are included in the pattern and the instructions will walk you through inserting sleeves or how to add a beautifully professional finish to the sleeveless version as well as the different ways of finishing the cowl.  

The pattern is multi-sized and printed on 80gsm white paper (not flimsy tracing paper) which is packaged in a white paper bag with an A4 book of instructions (example in last photo). This is NOT a downloadable pdf pattern that you have to print and stick together yourself.

8 sizes are included in the pattern ranging from bust size 80cm to 111cm (31.5" to 44") and hip size 88cm to 119cm (34.5" to 47"). This pattern is sized based on body measurements not dress sizes and includes full details of finished garment measurements for each size to make sure you get the right size first time.

This pattern is designed for stretch knit fabrics and works in a wide range of knits from single jersey to ponte roma. A fabric with some viscose content will drape the best. Help with choosing fabrics can be found on the blog here and here.

The pattern comes with a thorough instruction booklet which covers: 

  • finished garment measurements
  • fabric requirements
  • cutting layouts
  • an explanation of fabric layouts and cutting
  • how to sew knit fabrics on a domestic sewing machine
  • instructions & diagrams for how to make all the different variations.

The patterns are designed and written by Wendy Ward, an experienced designer and qualified teacher and they have been thoroughly road-tested by her eager sewing students. Rest assured you will find MIY Collection patterns well explained in down-to-earth and accessible language with clear, detailed diagrams.  Wendy has been writing instructions for people just like you since 2007.

Find sewing tips and more on Wendy's blog at

In the EU? You need to order from the MIY Collection Etsy Shop.

Thanks and happy sewing!

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