Dive into Dolmans Round-up Review

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Can you believe the end is here?  I’ve had such a blast with my co-bloggers and have learned so much.  Did you pick a favorite pattern?  Maybe find a couple you just HAD to have?

Here’s a little run-down of what we reviewed:

Diving Into Dolmans Week 1

Sewing By Ti- Sew Much Ado Seafarer
Creative Counselor- Sewing Cake’s The Tee
Sew Sophie Lynn- Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice
Made By Melli- Patterns for Pirates Sweet Tee

Guest blogger: Rebel and Malice- Jalie Dolman #3352

Diving Into Dolmans Week 2

Sewing By Ti- Create Kids Couture Donna’s Dolman
Creative Counselor- Blue Dot Patterns Georgia
Sew Sophie Lynn- EYMM Kymy’s Dolman

Guest bloggers: Rebel and Malice- Kzjo Poppy
Adventures with Bubba and Bug- Little Kiwi’s Closet Take Flight Dolman

Diving Into Dolmans Week 3

Sewing By Ti- Peekaboo Sunkissed Tee
Creative Counselor- Seamwork Aberdeen
SewSophieLynn– Hey June Aurora
Made by Melli-Peekaboo Sunkissed Tee

Guest Bloggers: Sew Far North – EYMM Assymetrical Top
Adventures with Bubba and Bug- Seamingly Smitten Dolman Sleeve Sweater with Assymmetrical Collar
Dos Natural Sistas- Hey June Aurora

Diving Into Dolmans Week 4

Sewing by Ti: Jalie #3352 Dolman
Creative Counselor: Maria Denmark Olivia Oversized Tee
SewSophieLynn- Itch to Stitch Carey
Made by Melli – Shwin Day Tripper

Guest Blogger: Sew Far North – Seamingly Smitten Women’s Dolman Sleeve Sweater
Mahlica Designs: Fancy Tiger One Hour Top

Diving Into Dolmans Week 5

Sewing By Ti: Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice
Creative Counselor: EYMM Natasha
SewSophieLynn- Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Guest bloggers: Sew Far North – Nap Time Creations Easy Breezy Summer Tee
Lulu & Celeste: Shwin Day Tripper

Diving Into Dolmans Round Up

Sewing By Ti
Creative Counselor
Sew Sophie Lynn

Guest Bloggers: Bubba and Bug

 

I love seeing them all together- what a variety of fits and features! All dolmans are definetely not created equal.

To check out my other beloved dolmans you can head here.

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Ready to see my picks?  Drumroll please….

My surprise favorite is …

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The Itch to Stitch Carey Top!  I love, love this top!  It’s not super versatile (like, I think people will catch on if I were to sew up a dozen and wear them everyday) BUT I will make more for sure.  I really want a light woven version for summer.  The gathered arms are just so fantastic and unique and really elevate this pattern.

Most comfortable goes to…

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The Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti.  It’s such a cute, comfy silhouette and very easy to wear.  Not the most flattering but most days I don’t really care 😉

The one I’m most anxious to sew up again is…

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The Hey June Aurora Tee.  I love the side colorblock option with this pattern and definitely need to try it.  I also want an easy-breezy short sleeve version for summer. Adrianna recently posted the cutest slouchy Aurora tee hack here that I’m dying to try  too.

Most flattering goes to…

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EYMM Kymy’s Dolman.  My poor little chest and lack of waist gets camouflaged great in this silhouette.  I’d love to try the side rouching option for even more belly hiding.  I think in a drapier fabric it will be even better!

My cool weather staple will be…

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the Pumpkin Spice Dolman from Patterns for Pirates.  I love the silhouette of this tee with the long sleeves.  The volume up top with a fitted sleeve and waist works wonders on my frame too.  I will definitely be making more of these when the weather cools down.

My go-to staples will remain the same…

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Sew Much Ado’s Seafarer Top is so quick and I love the slim fit of it.  It’s the perfect basic top for me.

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Shwin’s Daytripper Top is another go-to that I can’t give up- pockets in a top are genius!  I’ve even hacked this one into my favorite loose-fitting maxi dress.  It’s just so good!

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The Love Notions La Bella Donna Top is so super flattering and could potentially dethrone my other got-to’s.  I need to make a short sleeve version stat but I absolutely adore my long sleeve ones.

K- are you feeling overwhelmed?  That’s a lot of dolmans, right there!  The great thing about the pdf world is that there is something for everybody.  I certainly loved following my co-bloggers on this adventure and even with my abundance of dolman patterns I think I may pick up a couple of their favorites too.  Dolmans are so versatile and each pattern has it’s own unique fit and options that I hope you found the perfect pattern (or two…or ten!).

A HUGE thank you to the designers who so willingly gave patterns for this series and to the other bloggers who worked so hard each week.  Thanks Ti for letting me join in the fun.

And thank ya’ll for following along! I hope to see you around here again soon!

Hey June Sloan Leggings

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I’ve never made my own workout gear and you better believe that if I’m going to do it I’m going to trust my pal Adrianna to give me a great pattern to get started.

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The Sloan Leggings fit like a glove and I’m in love with the color blocking option!

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I’ve been seriously jealous of my girls Dressage Leggings (here and here) and these are the perfect grown-up version.

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Paired with my Aurora top, I’m ready to run.

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My favorite feature of this pattern is the pocket in the waistband, perfect for holding my phone, keys, or whatever little essential I need.

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All my fabric came from good ol’ Joann’s.  I’m really crushing on this paisley print so don’t be surprised if you see a swimsuit out of it too come summer.

Adrianna really is a genius, I tell ya’!  The day that I made these I had the chance to meet and hang out with the genius herself.  She is as sweet, humble, and genuine as a person can be.  I love that her online personality matched her cuteness in real life.  She’s a gem!

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Now I better get off my bum and put my new outfit to good use!

Dive into Dolmans- Hey June Aurora

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Hallelujah!  It’s Thursday again- that means we’re one day away from the weekend AND I’ve got another dolman for you.  Whoop, whoop!

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This week I’m sharing a pattern by one of my favorite designers, Adrianna from Hey June Handmade.  I had never made her Aurora Top and this was the perfect opportunity.  Make sure you read to the end for an awesome coupon code for this pattern too!

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Here’s all the nitty gritty-

Sizes  XS-XXL (bust sizes 32″-42″)
Printable pattern pages/copy shop version  15 pages per version/yes
Skill Level  Beginner
Measurements for Rectangle Pieces  No rectangle pieces
Line Drawings  Yes
Size made  Small
Options chosen  View A
Fabric Requirement for your size  2 yards (I used less than 1.5)
Measurement Chart  bust, waist, hip
Cutting Instructions  Yes
Pattern Printing Layout  Yes
Cutting Layout  Yes
Suggested Fabrics  knits with at least 30% stretch
Layer Printing Option  Yes
Neck Line Options  No
Sleeve Options  No
Hem Options  No
Color Blocking  Yes
Seam Allowance  1/4″
Hem Allowance  1/2″
Separate add-on pack  No
Fit  Slouchy with fitted long sleeve
Easy to read instructions  Yes
Drawing or photograph instructions  Drawings

If you’ve never used a Hey June pattern before the tutorials are always so clear and really some of the best I’ve ever used.  This pattern was no exception.

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The pattern is another basic dolman- long sleeves, curved hem and a facing neckline.

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I’m usually not a fan of facings on a tee but this one really works well.

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The long sleeve piece hits me 3″ above my elbow.

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I also really like the curve of the underarm- not too wide.

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I used this rayon spandex knit from Joann’s.  Honestly, it’s a little wild for me but when I saw the new tie dye selection I was mesmerized.  So cool but a little out there for me.

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I’ve got a pair of Sloan Leggings that will go with this that I’ll share with you soon.  I feel like I can be a little bit crazier with my workout clothes than I can with my everyday wardrobe so I think this tee will fit in perfectly there.

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I’ve left this unhemmed for now.  I’m debating adding a band to keep it in place if I’m wearing it primarily to workout in.  I think this pattern, while basic, leads itself to easy hacks like bands, short sleeves, adding a neckband instead of facing, etc.

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This pattern has a fun side inset option too that I didn’t use.  The colorblocking options with that are so cool and flattering.

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This pattern can be made up in a variety of knits like my slinky rayon version or a cozy french terry top.  Adrianna has done it again- another winning pattern to add to my Hey June wardrobe.  She has generously offered 25% the Aurora pattern until April 28th with the code ‘AuroraLove’.  Hurry on over and pick up your copy!

 

Check out the other posts this week too:

Diving Into Dolmans Week 3

Sewing By Ti

Dos Natural Sistas

Creative Counselor

Made by Melli

Guest Bloggers: Sew Far North

Adventures with Bubba and Bug