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For the last week of our dolman tour, I went with a pattern that is basically the opposite of all my tour makes to this point. I’ve always been intrigued by the EYMM Natasha (affiliate link) top, so when the opportunity arose to try it for this tour*, I jumped.
Natasha is very different from anything else that I have in my closet. In fact, when I finished it, I wasn’t sure that I would ever wear it. It’s very oversized with big, batwingy sleeves, and it’s easy to see how you might feel like you’re drowning in fabric.
So I was surprised when I tried it on and Albert said he really liked it. So I looked at it again and realized that it’s different, but different isn’t always bad. Paired with skinny jeans or a slim skirt to balance out the volume on top, this top can definitely have a place in my wardrobe.
As with any dolman, construction was very straightforward. And the finish on this dolman takes a little more time than standard hems and bands, but is actually easier and more beginner-friendly in some ways.
None of the openings on this top are hemmed or banded. Instead on all the openings (neckline, arms and hem), you fold under by about 1/2″ and sew a casing. Then you thread 1/4″ elastic through the casing, attach the ends, and sew the opening closed. This is how the pattern achieves the gathered, peasanty look that really defines it. Sewing those casings takes longer than running a hem through the cover stitch, but it’s very easy to do, makes for a forgiving fit, and is a process that should be fairly familiar to most seamstresses, even beginners.
Let’s chat for a minute about fabric requirements for this top. The pattern directs you to use thin, lightweight, drapey knits, and I 100% agree with that recommendation. If you have a prized Art Gallery cotton/spandex knit, this is not the project to use it on! I used a super thin (almost transparent) rayon knit and it was ideal for this top.
Another note: Cutting direction on this pattern is really funky. My size small pieces took up almost the entire width of my 60″ fabric because they’re so big. On the largest size, the unstretched waist measures 82″, which means that the arms are significantly more than that. There is no way that the largest sizes would fit width-wise on 60″ fabric — they would have to be cut lengthwise. Something to keep in mind when choosing fabric.
So bottom line: this is a fun, interesting top and I’m glad I had the push to make it!
Don’t forget to check out the other ladies this week:
Sewing by Ti — Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice Dolman
Sew Sophie Lynn — Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee
Made by Melli — Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono tee
Lulu & Celeste — Shwin Daytripper
Sew Far North — Nap Time Creations Easy Breezy Summer Tee
Pattern: Natasha top (affiliate link) by EYMM
Techniques Required: Sewing knits with a regular machine, sewing a casing.
Similar Patterns: There’s really nothing similar in the knit dolman world. Natasha is a pretty unique silhouette. There are a few other gathered boho-style tops available in woven with raglan sleeves though. Options might be the True Bias Roscoe and the Named Marie Gathered Blouse.
Fabric: Random navy blue rayon/spandex knit from Fabric.com.
Fit: Good. This is a very relaxed, forgiving blouse, so fitting isn’t really an issue.
Pattern format: PDF.
- Super easy from a fitting perspective. This top is loose and billowy and pretty much requires zero fitting.
- Easy construction with the casings and elastic.
- Multiple lengths.
- Wide size range.
- Unusual style that is different from all the other dolmans on the market.
- Pattern pieces are huge, which could require some creative cutting.
- Fabric choice can make or break this project. It requires something really thin and drapey.
- Style is unique and may not appeal to a lot of people.
Overall Grade: B. This pattern is super beginner-friendly and has an interesting design. I don’t know that I’ll make another, but I am certain to wear this one.
*Disclaimer: I received this pattern free of charge for this tour. As always, I do my absolute best to remain fair and objective.