Week 4 — we’re in the home stretch! The fabulous thing about dolmans, though, is that I don’t mind adding 5 of them to my wardrobe. They’re fast and versatile, and the 5 I’m making are all rather different from each other, so it doesn’t feel like making the same top over and over. But down to business!
This week I’m showing you the Olivia Oversized Tee by Maria Denmark (who graciously provided a copy of the pattern for this series — thanks Maria!).
This is a simple, slim fit dolman top with a wonderful shape to it. I actually love the fit of this. It’s nice and slim through the sleeves and body, which means it could actually sub as a basic tee for me. And I might use it for just that!
The sleeves hit at a great place, and the neckline also sits really nicely. I like the shaping through the waist, and the length is perfect for me.
Now I do have a confession to make — there are no seam allowances included in this pattern, and I totally forgot to add them! So if someone were to remember to add seam allowances, this top would be a little looser than mine is. But I like how mine turned out, so I don’t mind my mistake at all!
My mistake also means that it’s a tad shorter than intended. But again, I’m short waisted and like my tops to hit at my hip, so this is perfect for me.
The pattern does not include pieces for a neckline band or binding, but does include instructions to cut a band. I opted for a neckline binding, so I just eyeballed it. I really do like how it turned out though.
My fabric is a buttery soft, drapey lightweight hacci sweater knit that came from either Girl Charlee or Cali Fabric during a Black Friday sale. I honestly can’t remember which! But it was perfect for this top. The pattern recommends a fabric with lots of drape, which this has, and it lays beautifully!
I definitely will be using this pattern again — maybe even for my basic tees during my Back to Basics sewing next week!
Don’t forget to check out the other ladies this week:
Sewing by Ti — Jalie Dolman
Mahlica Designs — Fancy Tiger Crafts One Hour Top
Sew Sophie Lynn — Itch to Stitch Carey
Made by Melli — Shwin Daytripper
Sew Far North — Seamingly Smitten Dolman Sleeve Sweater
Pattern: Olivia Oversized Tee by Maria Denmark
Price: 10 Euro
Techniques Required: Sewing with knits, hemming knits, attaching a neckband.
Fabric: This is a beautifully soft hacci sweater knit from Cali Fabrics, I believe. I picked it up during a Black Friday sale, so it’s either from there or Girl Charlee.
Fit: Excellent. I love how this fits, actually. It’s nice and slim through the waist and arms and actually could sub for a traditional t-shirt pattern. I also like the length and don’t mind that I forgot to add seam and hem allowances. I am short-waisted though, so others may find it too short.
Pattern format: PDF.
- Very easy construction.
- Slim fit through the arms and waist.
- Scoop neck has a great shape.
- Not a lot of options in the pattern.
- Pattern pieces do not include bands for finishing the neckband.
- No seam allowances included in the pattern.
Overall Grade: B. I love how it fits on me, but it was kind of annoying having to figure out the finishes myself, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who will forget to add seam allowance..