Dublin Dolman for Date Night

I’m taking a quick break from depositions and discovery today to take part in the Date Night February tour, sponsored by Sewing by Ti.

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So this is something that I might wear if I were able to find a babysitter for a Valentine’s Day date night.  If Valentine’s Day wasn’t on a Tuesday in the middle of a busy week, that is 🙂

I actually made this dress a few months ago but am just now getting around to blogging it!  It’s a mash up of the Dublin Dolman (affiliate link) by New Horizons and the Pirate Pencil Skirt (affiliate link) by Patterns for Pirates.

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As soon as I saw the options on the Dublin Dolman (affiliate link), this dress immediately popped into my head.  I knew that the gathered V-neck with the ruched band option was just begging for a dress hack.

And it was really easy!  For this hack, I knew I needed a pretty tight pencil skirt to get the look I wanted.  There are several great pencil skirt options out there, but the Pirate Pencil Skirt is one of the most form-fitting out there, which was exactly what I needed.

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The hardest part of this hack was getting the proportions right on the skirt.  To figure out how much to lengthen it, I measured the ruched band piece for the Dublin Dolman and compared it to the length of elastic that gets sewn into the side.  One I had that ratio, it was a fairly simply matter of applying that ratio to the pencil skirt to know how much I needed to add.  Ultimately, I ended up adding 8″ to the skirt evenly distributed in 8 different places throughout the skirt.

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Then I attached the skirt to the top like a band and sewed 1/4″ elastic into the side seam for the ruching.

Sadly, I can’t actually wear this dress anymore :/. I’ve lost enough inches off my hip measurement that the skirt isn’t tight enough anymore and it doesn’t stay in place.  Still, it was a fun dress to make and it served its purpose when I wore it to a rehearsal dinner for a wedding this fall.

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And I really liked both of these patterns.  The v-neck on the Dublin Dolman is one of the most flattering I’ve seen on an indie pattern.  I love a wide, deep V-neck like this one.  My only wish is that there was an option for this neckline without the gathered front piece.

And the Pirate Pencil Skirt has undoubtedly become my favorite knit pencil skirt pattern.  It’s really fast and I love the shape on it.  It’s a little more form fitting than some of the others, and really hugs my curves nicely.  I need to size down 1-2 sizes, though, so a few more pencil skirts need to be on my list for spring!

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So are you doing date night tonight?  Or maybe date night in?


And don’t miss all the other tour bloggers!

Wednesday, February 1st: Sewing By Ti
February 2nd: Crafty Like a Rox
February 3rd: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 5th: Embrace Everyday
February 6th: Tenille’s Thread
February 7th: Robynne and the Bobbin
February 9th: Sewingly, Michelle
February 10th: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 12th: Embrace Every Day
February 13th: A Phoenix Risen
February 14th: Creative Counselor
February 15th: Creamer and Chaos
February 16th: Everything Your Mama Made and More
February 17th: Sewing By Ti
February 18th: Sew Like a Sloth

Sunday, February 19th: Very Blissful
February 20th: Tenille’s Thread
February 21st: Mamoose Handmade
February 22nd: Rebel and Malice
February 23rd: Margarita on the Ross
February 24th: Sewing By Ti
February 25th: On Wednesday We Sew

Sunday, February 26th: The Fairy Dust Bin
February 27th: Sewing By Ti
February 28th: Sew Haute

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11 thoughts on “Dublin Dolman for Date Night

  1. simplybyti

    LOVE this. The ruching on the skirt is very flattering and the neckline is great. Too bad I can’t do a gathered neckline.

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