I’m posting on a random Saturday to help Kymy from Everything Your Mama Made (and More) celebrate her second anniversary in business — congratulations Kymy!
For the tour I decided to sew up the pattern named for the lady herself — the Kymy Dolman Top.*
I’ll be honest, this was my first experience sewing an EYMM pattern, and I didn’t quite know what to expect. There are just so many indie patterns on the market now — some real duds and some real gems all mixed in with the run-of-the-mill patterns.
While there’s nothing particularly innovative or earth-shattering about this basic dolman top, it is far from a dud. In fact, since it offers 5 different views, including a maternity option, and 10 sizes for a mere $9.95, I’d actually say it’s quite a good value.
I chose View C, which is the basic dolman with a banded bottom. My decision was based primarily on two factors: (1) I wanted to make sure that the top was fitted at the hip, and the band seemed like the best way to ensure that, and (2) I actually hate hemming knits and try to avoid that with bands whenever possible.
First and foremost, this top is incredibly easy to construct. The pattern contains two pieces with included length recommendations for the band. I had forgotten how quickly and easily dolmans go together — I’m not joking when I say that sewing this top required two shoulders seams, two side seams, band attachment, and arm and neckline hems. That’s it. Done and done.
I was also very pleasantly surprised at how nicely this top fits. My measurements fell right between size small and medium, so I took Kymy’s advice and sized down. The fit is exactly what I wanted. It’s nice and fitted through the waist for some attractive ruching (and three-baby-belly masking — score), but loose through the bust and shoulders.
The other nice thing about a dolman — no sloping shoulder modification required! In fact, I didn’t have to make any modifications whatsoever to this top, which means that it sewed up in just over an hour (I told you I’m slow — a fast sewist could easily whip this out in under an hour and still have time to watch an episode of Friends).
My fabric is a really amazing bamboo/spandex jersey from Fabric.com. I was on the site shopping for fabric for my upcoming full-length Sallie Jumpsuit and I just couldn’t pass up this amazing tie-die fabric. I also love that the tie dye is subtle so I don’t feel like a 5-year-old when I wear it.
This post is getting super long, but never fear, I will do my detailed pattern review … next week. Until then, see below for some goodies for you!
* I was provided this pattern free of charge for the blog tour. As usual, I will swear from here to next Sunday that my opinions are my own, and as usual, you should take this review with whatever size grain of salt you choose to assign to it since receiving free things obviously can impact opinions, regardless of the purity of my intentions. Just keepin’ it real, folks.
Join EYMM and 24 fellow bloggers as we celebrate the first 24 months of our pattern shop with a huge sale and giveaway! We will be featuring 8 different patterns for women and girls, as well as having a Manic Monday sale and a huge site-wide sale. There is also a great giveaway at the bottom of this post. Don’t wait because you don’t see sales like this often from EYMM and it will be over before you know it!
*NOTE* The links below won’t show the tour posts until 11am PST on their day of the tour, BUT you are welcome to click through and check their blogs out at any time.
Not only is there an AMAZING blog tour going on but 1 lucky winner that leaves a comment below between now and 8.3.15 will win a FREE EYMM pattern of their choice!!!! Which one would you pick?