Dive into Dolmans Round-up Review


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.


Ready to see my picks?  Drumroll please….

My surprise favorite is …


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.


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!


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!

Dive into Dolmans Bonus


I know- it’s not Thursday but I’ve got a special little bonus post for you.


Dolmans were some of the first pdf’s I ever tried and the very first knit garments I ever sewed myself.  They are just perfect for beginners.


The Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado is so quick and easy and I have a million in my closet.


It’s a slim fitting dolman with just the right arm curve, in my opinion.  There are options for bands or hems and also a pocket piece.  I love to change up the band widths for different looks too.

It makes a great basic top and looks totally different depending on fabric choice.


This is my favorite and it’s done in a poly jersey knit.  You can check out Ti’s full review here.  I think it’s great to see it on a different body type too and hers looks awesome.


Another favorite dolman pattern is the Day Tripper Top from Shwin Designs.


You can get full reviews of this pattern at Lulu and Celeste and Made By Melli.


I love all the options with this one- short sleeve, long sleeves, different hem lengths and curves, and POCKETS!  The pockets are the best!!!


I love this cozy reverse french terry version.  The pockets make it perfect paired with leggings.


I love the longer length to keep my toosh covered and comfortable.


It’s a looser fit than the Seafarer and I love the slouchiness of it.  Bonus- it can be made in a woven too!


Aren’t dolmans just a thing of beauty?  So quick and so cute!


I can’t leave out the fabulous Love Notions La Bella Donna (affl. link) that I reviewed here.  It’s full of options too and looks great on every body.  It’s got a  longer dolman sleeve that creates a flattering silhouette.  With tunic and regular length and multiple sleeve options, it’s a super versatile pattern to have.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a full round-up and links to see what my co-bloggers picked as their favorites too!  Thanks for joining in on the super fun tour!

Lucy’s for two


You know I’m on a major plaid kick.  These plaid Lucy tops from Shwin Designs are pure perfection!


My lil Payton got hers before Christmas and I could hardly wait to make my own!


I used plaid flannel from Joann’s for my outer and lined it with a cozy cream microfleece.  We took these shots in freezing temps and we’ve done some award worthy acting to hide our shivering 😉


The top features a crossover front with buttons at the shoulders.  It’s fully lined so you can make it reversible!




I added a fun little leather detail to the hem of mine that gives it a little more ready-to-wear vibe.


Payton’s is made out of Joann’s flannel and a light chambray from LA.  I added the extra buttons to hers to make hers reversible (I didn’t add the extra buttons to mine because I don’t forsee me wearing the fleece on the outside).


The fit on her is spot on and so, so cute!


I made us both size 6’s.  I’m sad it only goes to 6 in girls.  I’ll be adding length and tweaking the pattern so I can make many more of these for my girls in the future!


The ladies version features bust darts that add to the flattering fit.  I added two inches to my length (per pattern instructions) since I am 5’7″.


The Ladies pattern offers the suggestion of wearing it open or even adding a button at the waist to wear the collar down while bringing in the waist.


I love this fall/winter version but I’m also excited to make a flowy light version for spring too.


You can pick up the girls Lucy here and the Ladies version here.

I am a Brand Ambassador for Shwin and have been provided the patterns for free but my thoughts and opinions are purely my own.  I have a true love of all things Shwin!




Sisters are the BEST!


Growing up I was nine years older than my one and only sister.  I sure loved to mother and treat her like my own little baby but it wasn’t until we’d grown that she became one of my best friends.  I love that my girls are only 21 months apart and share that special bond already.


They couldn’t be more different personality wise but I think that helps them get along even better.


If you can’t tell, Sophie is more serious and reserved and Payton has some serious spunk!


Sophie is 8 going on 16 and Payton is happily 6 and still into dolls, playing pretend, and anything sweet and girly.



They had so much fun doing this shoot- our first real one with props and everything.  I know my indoor photos need a lot of work but it’s sure fun experimenting and learning along the way.  It’s a family affair as my husband helps jimmy-rig the backdrop up and is teaching me the ins and outs of the camera.  I really love being able to capture the kids personalities and share my latest creations.


My little super models are getting used to all the pics and for the right price ($1 a shoot as they save for Christmas) I think we all have fun in the process!


Those smiles!!!


I’m pretty sure Sophie is doing her best “Blue Steel” look here!

Merry Christmas everyone!

A Christmas Jane Dress


After many tears over this dress not fitting, I promised to make it up to my Payton.  I let her pick the fabric from my stash and she picked this super soft flannel shirting from my stash.  I knew it needed to be a simple sweet a-line dress and the Jane Dress from Shwin Designs would be perfect.


I had made a sweet summery version with a collar during testing of this pattern and decided to leave off the collar and add a detachable one this time.


I used Made for Mermaids FREE Tiffany Collar in black lace and I love the look and the fact that she can wear it with other things.


I added pom pom trim to all the hems for a little pizazz.  I just adore this cute, classic little dress.


It just reminds me of how sweet and innocent my little girls are and how quickly they are growing up.


And since big sis got two Christmas dresses you know this one needed another one too.  Stay tuned tomorrow for my take on a classic Christmas dress.

Shwin Designs Eleanor


There are very few patterns that I make multiple times- not because I don’t love them but I just have soooo many patterns and too little time.  The Eleanor dress and top is one of those patterns that I’ve been dying to make again though.


The darling collar and puffy sleeve are just too cute for words!


I used Raspberry Creek Club Fabrics and let Payton pick the combo.  A happy customer means it will actually get worn.


She loves the hearts and polka dots are always a good idea, right?!!!


I shortened the sleeves (a tad too much) and added bands but if she’s anything like her momma they’ll get pushed up anyways.


Ready to do some pre-Black Friday shopping?  Have you signed up for Shwin and Shwin’s newsletter yet?  Head over here and get signed up.  There are some AH-mazing deals and promo codes in the newsletter (like $3 patterns- the Eleanor is up today).  The rest of the week is full of great offers you won’t want to miss!




Halloween is fast approaching and preparations are in full swing around here.  Costumes are not my favorite things to sew so when an easy idea comes along we are all over it.


This little miss just adores pandas so it was no question what she would be for Halloween this year.  We went the easy route and I whipped up a costume in no time.


The leggings are from this post and are perfect to keep her little legs warm while trick-or-treating.  The tee is an easy-peasy Recess Raglan from See Kate Sew.  I got the tutu on clearance at Target and the fur mitts at Wal-Mart.  The headband is simply felt ears hot glued to a headband.  I told you it was EASY!


These are my favorite kind of costumes- memorable because it symbolizes an obsession in her life right now and simple, no-stress to put together.

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What’s on your sewing table this Halloween?