If you’re on the look out for matching adult and children sewing patterns you really need to check out Rebecca Page’s PDF sewing patterns. So many of her patterns offer both adult (including plus sizes) and children, and even doll, sizes making it possible to create a full ‘Mummy and Me’ wardrobe. One of my most favourite everyday ‘Mummy and Me’ patterns is the Comfy Cowl.
The Comfy Cowl is a semi-fitted sweater with an oversized cowl which doubles as a hood. I always think a cowl is so much more practical than a hood – not least because it fits better with a coat or jacket for extra cold or rainy days. It also adds an interesting design feature and an opportunity to combine interesting contrasting fabrics in one design.
The Comfy Cowl comes with an optional kangaroo pocket too.
The Comfy Cowl is designed to finish at the low hip. For my ladies version I choose to make my Comfy Cowl more tunic length (I also made modifications to it to make it suitable for all of my pregnancy – you can read about those modifications here), which effectively meant adding 6.5 inches to the bottom of the bodice pieces. I extended directly from the hip without any tapering or altering of the shape or width as I felt tapering would restrict movement.
I made both my mummy and me Comfy Cowls in french terry from Mibs fabrics with a coordinating plain petrol cotton lycra (also from Mibs). The pattern calls for fabric with at least 30% stretch which allows you to use some less stretchy sweatshirt fabrics.
My daughter and I both loved our cowls and they were very quick and straightforward sews, taking less than an hour for each one. I really enjoy Rebecca Page patterns as they are extremely well written with a very clear picture tutorial. I would happily recommend this pattern to any level of seamstress, including those new to sewing clothes.
The ladies Comfy Cowl is available in sizes xxs – 5xl. The children’s Comfy Cowl is available in sizes newborn – 12 years. The children’s Comfy Cowl works equally well for boys as well as girls and allows the somewhat rare opportunity for Mummy and son as well as Mummy and daughter matching. The pattern is available as separate adult and children’s patterns or a bundle of both – purchasing the bundle includes an automatic discount and offers the best value for money if you want both sets of sizes.