Happy Dolman Thursday! For week 4 of the Dive Into Dolmans Blog Tour, I have sewn up a Day Tripper Top – pattern by Shwin Designs. Spoiler Alert – this one is absolutely my favorite! I have actually owned this pattern for a little while. I picked it up during last year’s Black Friday sale (who can resist those deals!?) but I hadn’t made the time to sew one up.. until now! And if you’re wondering.. yes, I am totally kicking myself for waiting this long! One of the main purposes of this blog tour is to figure out (and share) which dolman pattern is best suited for different body types. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that, so far, this is the most flattering on my body type. According to my research, I have an “apple” body type. Basically – I carry most of my weight in my midsection, have little to no waist definition, and narrow hips. If this sounds like you, then run and grab this pattern STAT! 🙂
Here are all of the details in our handy dandy chart:
|Sizes||XXS-XL (Bust 30″-44″)|
|Printable pattern pages/copy shop version||20|
|Measurements for Rectangle Pieces||No|
|Options chosen||Short Sleeve, 28″ length|
|Fabric Requirement for your size||2 yards|
|Measurement Chart||Bust, Hip, Finished Measurements|
|Pattern Printing Layout||Yes|
|Suggested Fabrics||Knits or Lightweight Wovens|
|Layer Printing Option||No|
|Neck Line Options||Neck Binding|
|Sleeve Options||Short or Long|
|Hem Options||24″, 26″, or 28″ Hi-Low Hem|
|Hem Allowance||N/A – Hem Band|
|Separate add-on pack||No|
|Fit||Loose at bust, semi-fitted at hip|
|Easy to read instructions||Yes|
|Drawing or photograph instructions||Color Photographs|
There are several things that drew my attention towards the Day Tripper. The comfy, relaxed fit. The stylish hi-low hemline. And it’s suitable for wovens! What!? Most of the dolman patterns I’ve seen are only suitable for knit fabrics, so this just opens up a whole new realm of possibilities! So what did I do? I decided to mix it up. I chose a lightweight woven front (Chambray Denim Dot), and a lovely floral ponte de roma knit for the back. Both of these beautiful fabrics are from one of my favorite fabric shops – LA Finch Fabrics.
This new-favorite-shirt of mine is business in the front, and a gorgeous garden party in the back! The chambray front has a little more structure, while the knit back is comfy and offers a little more wearing ease. It’s super flattering, comfortable, and I think it’s pretty cute! There are 3 length cut lines included on the pattern. I couldn’t find anything in the tutorial that referenced how to decide on which length to choose. I cut the longest length, held it up to my body, and determined it would be great! I’m not super tall by any means (quite average actually, 5’4″) but I wanted the length for booty coverage so I could wear it with my ultra-comfortable Peg Legs!
One of the major pro’s of dolman sleeved patterns is how quickly they sew up. Add in a banded hem and banded sleeves, and this is a lightning fast shirt to put together! The neckband installation was a little different than I have done before, but it was easy enough and is finished beautifully with enclosed seams. The tutorial was easy to follow, and has full color photos for each step. In addition to the regular tutorial, there is a section at the front containing “Tips and Terms for Sewing the Pattern”, “Tips for working with Knits”, and “Selecting the Perfect Size” including an illustration for blending sizes. This is great for those who are newer to sewing, new to using PDF patterns, and/or new to working with knits. Maybe you’re not new, but you just need a little refresher! There is a lot of valuable information included!
While the printable pages aren’t “no-trim” or layered, it was easy to assemble and all of the pages went together perfectly. It was also super easy to determine which line to cut on since they are computer drafted and color coded. As an added bonus, there is a kids version of this pattern called the Apple Loungewear set. It’s totally adorable, and it doesn’t get much better than Mommy & Me twinning outfits! One advantage that other dolman patterns have on the Day Tripper is the size range. I have a 44″ bust, which is the very top of the size range for this pattern. Unfortunately this pattern won’t work for the plus sized sewists out there.
Overall, I would fully recommend this comfortable, flattering dolman top pattern to anyone (especially all of my apple shaped ladies!). Like I mentioned before, this is hands down my favorite top so far. Like favorite ever, not just for the blog tour! I see many more Day Trippers in my future! Don’t forget that there is a long sleeve option for those in other currently-colder parts of the world. Or for me.. when the Utah winter decides to comes back!
The Day Tripper pattern is actually the pattern of the month right now over at Shwin Designs! So you can use the code DAYTRIP to take $3 off the pattern! For pattern support, inspiration, and to stay up to date with Shwin Designs, head over and join the Shwin Designs Pattern Group on Facebook.
Shauna (the mastermind behind Shwin Designs) has also generously offered to giveaway a pattern to one of you lovely readers! Check out the Rafflecopter below to enter!
Well, that’s all you’re getting from me today 🙂 Make sure to click the links below to see other dolman pattern reviews by my lovely co-bloggers and our guest blogger of the day!
Diving Into Dolmans Week 4