I have a confession to make: I’m a total copy cat. I see lovely handmade clothes on your blogs and I want to make them as well. My latest make is no exception – when I spotted the awesome Dolman-Sleeves tops that Gail made I knew I wanted to make one for myself.
Mine did not turn out as cute as Gail’s but I love it all the same. The fabric is a bit boring, but in the spirit of stash busting I used what I had on hand. This is some sort of inexpensive poly cotton blend and when I say “inexpensive” you should read “poor quality”. I have washed this baby twice (goes to show how much I’ve worn it) and it’s already showing evidence of major pilling. On the other hand, it’s super soft and the colour is a good wardrobe staple, right? Besides once the pilling gets to be too much it will be soft enough to be demoted to pyjama status.
This is a free pattern made generously available by Cindy of Cation Designs. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and the fit is just great – I love the flattering lines and the super cool dolman sleeves, which I lengthen a bit for a more season appropriate top. If you use a serger to construct the top you could produce one in as little as one hour and it would not be much longer than that if you use a sewing machine instead. Thank you, Cindy, for making this pattern available to us all. I want to make one in every colour of the rainbow!
There is one major issue I encountered in making this top, and it has nothing to do with the pattern or instructions but rather with my poor sewing skills. See the wavy lines on the picture below?
The above photo of the waist band was taken from above while I was wearing the top: the seam line is crazy curly. I tried fixing this with some heavy-duty ironing but there’s no flattening those wild waves. Gail suggested this could be because I used a walking foot to topstitch the seamline, but the seamline was already curly when it came out of the serger and pre topstitching. Maybe I’m pulling on the band a little too much or maybe I cut the band longer than it needed to be? Here are some more views of the curly waves problem for your ease of perusal:
Regardless of the waves, I’ve worn this top quite a few times already. In connection with the launch of her Tiramisu dress pattern, Stephanie of Three Hour Past the Edge of the World recently wrote a series of posts with excellent information about sewing with knits. I’ll be reading through her posts before I venture into knits again. In the meantime, if any of you have any suggestions as to why the crazy wavy fabric please let me know. And if you haven’t already made this pattern, go ahead and jump on the copy cat bandwagon – this top is awesome!