Dive into Dolmans- Itch to Stitch Carey


Another Thursday, another dolman.  Do you have a favorite yet?  You can see my other reviews here, here, and here.


This week I have Itch to Stitch’s Carey Top and a coupon code at the end.  Here’s all the details before I tell you what I think:

Sizes  00-20 (waist sizes 25 3/8″- 40 1/2″)
Printable pattern pages/copy shop version  18 pages/yes
Skill Level  Beginner
Measurements for Rectangle Pieces  Yes
Line Drawings  Yes
Size made  4
Options chosen  I made it as is but had to piece my back.
Fabric Requirement for your size  1 5/8 yd
Measurement Chart  waist, hip
Cutting Instructions  Yes
Pattern Printing Layout  Yes
Cutting Layout  Yes
Suggested Fabrics  Knit or Woven with drape at least 54″ wide
Layer Printing Option  Yes
Neck Line Options  Round neckline
Sleeve Options  Drawstring gathered sleeves
Hem Options  High/low shirttail hem
Color Blocking  Contrast panel in sleeve
Seam Allowance  3/8″
Hem Allowance  3/8″ bottom, 3/4″ sleeve
Separate add-on pack  No
Fit  Loose and flowy
Easy to read instructions  Yes
Drawing or photograph instructions  Drawing


I was drawn to the fun drawstring details of this pattern.  It truly sets it a part from all the other dolmans out there.


I absolutely love this top.  In all honesty I was dreading making yet another dolman but I love that this is so unique and unlike anything I have in my closet already.


I struggled with fabric choice because this pattern is written for woven or knit so the possibilities were endless.  I settled on my go-to stripe/floral combo. The stripe is from LA and the floral is from Jo-Ann.  I picked up pre-made drawstring at Jo-Ann but the tutorial goes into how to make your own too.


I had to eek out this top in the stripe and have a seam down the back because of it.  I’m so happy with my fabric choice though and glad I got creative to make it work.  The top goes together fairly quickly and the tutorial is so clear and easy to follow.  I did add 1.5″ at the lengthen/shorten line since I am 5’7″ and most of my length is in my torso.  I love that it covers my bum now too.  I always like the sides of my shirttail hems to hit mid-hip so I know I won’t be tugging at it all day.


I love that it’s a bit dressier than my other tops but still comfy and casual.  This will get so much wear and I’m already planning my next version in a lovely rayon challis.


I really love the fit and that it’s loose where I need it to be (it totally hides my ‘I-ate-poutine-for-lunch-belly’ :)).  I definitely need a handful of these tops in my wardrobe!

Kennis at Itch to Stitch was so generous and is offering readers a 20% discount on the Carey Top through Sunday, April 24th with the code ‘carey20’.  I highly recommend you hoping over and picking up your own copy!

As always, my co-bloggers have some great reviews for you too so make sure you click on through:

Diving Into Dolmans Week 4

Sewing by Ti: Jalie #3352 Dolman

Mahlica Designs: Fancy Tiger One Hour Top

Creative Counselor: Maria Denmark Olivia Oversized Tee

Made by Melli – Shwin Day Tripper

Guest Blogger: Sew Far North – Seamingly Smitten Women’s Dolman Sleeve Sweater

See you next week with one more dolman review!














11 thoughts on “Dive into Dolmans- Itch to Stitch Carey

  1. Super cute!! I love the sleeve detail on this one, and the overall shape through the torso is really nice. I have a whole lot of dolmans at this point, but I am very tempted by this one!


  2. OMG stop with all the cuteness! You are killing me. I’m counting down the days until I have this baby so I can sew all these adorable Dolmans! 🙂 Love your stripe and floral combo!


  3. When I saw this in my Reader I thought I know that’s an Itch to Stitch Pattern.. I had to come check. I was right! It looks lovely and I love your earrings and how they pop out the blue in the shirt. It looks so comfy yet stylish at the same time. It is a perfect everything shirt.


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