I am a big fan of Dolman style tops. I think it has to do with a combination of looser fit tops and no tight armpits. They also come together SO quickly, especially when they are short sleeve/no sleeve. The first dolman style top I tried for myself was the Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice Dolman.
This pattern is loaded with options. There are four hem options: curved hem, straight hem, short banded hem, and long banded hem. The neckline is a scoop neck and the pattern includes elbow patches.
I’m all about shirts covering my butt, so on all three PSDs that I have made have been short sleeved (no sleeved) with the rounded hem. The rounded hem is slightly longer in the back, so it’s perfect to wear with skinny jeans or leggings… and my bum is covered. 🙂 This one is paired with the Greenstyle Creations Super Gs that I wrote about here.
I opted for this pattern, because I really like looser fitting shirts. This one, though, is more fitted through the hips, which I do really like. The first one I made was with some chartreuse modal jersey from Sly Fox Fabrics. I had never worked with modal jersey before (or this pattern) but I very rarely make a muslin before diving in, so went for it. For those of you unfamiliar with the term muslin, it is a practice version of a pattern you make to be sure you get a great fit on your final. Normally muslins are made with a similar fabric to what your final version will be in, but hopefully a cheaper version. The term wearable muslin is also used if your muslin version fits so well that you will actually wear it. 🙂
So, back to the first one. I needed to freshen up my closet and knew some basic tops were where I wanted to start. I wanted something that I could wear on it’s own, but also layer with a cardigan. This top fit the bill. I made a straight small, only lengthening slightly throughout the pattern. When I lengthen tops, I always add 1/4″ above the armpit no matter what. This pattern is drafted for a height of 5’5″, so I added another 1 and 1/4″ throughout the rest of the top (usually split between waist and hip/hemline). Besides adding height, I did not alter the pattern.
The second one I made was in double brushed polyester from my stash. The photos below show the top layered under a cardigan (P4P Cocoon Cardigan-post coming soon!).
The colors are pretty similar, and I wish I would have ventured out to another color. Lesson learned!
I do really like this pattern. I think what has me coming back to this pattern is the fitted hip and curved hemline that covers my bum. The short sleeved version is great, because it is a dolman style top, there are no sleeves to sew on!
These three tops really round out my closet. All great solid tops that can stand alone or be layered!
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