After a sewing fail, there is nothing better than an amazing success! Case in point: the dolman-sleeve top I keep making.
This time, I took it a step further, and turned it into a dress. It may be my favorite make yet: super cozy, quick to sew, and still nice enough to wear to work. Does it get any better? You be the judge…
Pattern: Cation Design’s Dolman Sleeve Top. Available for free! Do it!
Sizing: I stuck with a size small again, but took out 1/2 inch from the center to help correct some of the gaping I had when I made the top. I think it’s MUCH better this time! Look at how nice and flat that neck band lays!
Did it look like the picture/drawing? No! Because I turned it into a dress…mwahahaha!
Fabric Used: I used 2 yards of stretch jersey that I bought at my local fabric store. I didn’t notice until I got it home that it was Esprit fabric from 1993. Does that count as vintage?
Instructions? I completely ignored them this time…typical Ashley. But, I’d say it worked in my favor (for once)!
What I love most: The hem. I sewed the whole dress on my serger (which I am in love with by the way). I fiddled with the settings, and figured out how to do a rolled hem. I really like the way it drapes, and it was so fast! Also, I love the pleats. How could you not love pleats?
What I would do differently if I made it again: Probably nothing. I’d like to make a shorter version for a more casual look, but I wouldn’t change a thing about this make!
Alterations: I moved the band up to waist-level, and widened it to 3 inches. I also increased the width of the neckband to 2 inches. I felt it was just too tiny before. Oh, and I added a skirt. Duh.
Recommended? I already have, but I’ll say it again: yes, yes yes!
Final thoughts: Seriously guys, I love this pattern. I love this dress. I love it so much, I want you to make one for yourself. I’m going to try to get a tutorial up for making my changes and turning this into a dress by the end of the week. Then you’ll have no excuse for not showing me all your pretty dolman dresses…