If I had to pick a favorite pattern company, it would have to be Jalie – I love their basics! When I saw that they had new pattern releases coming out, I grabbed a few the first chance I got and started sewing almost immediately. My first garment? A dolman top.This pattern features short or 3/4 length sleeves , a highlow hem, and an optional fold over neckline or banding. There is also a great ‘formula’ included on the pattern so you know how much you may need to lengthen or shorten the frontback so that the hem ‘hits you in the right spot’.
For my first version, I went with a FABULOUS gradient stripe that I had picked up from Needle Nook Fabrics several months ago. I was in between two sizes – I opted to go with the larger one and did not lengthenshorten it. Putting this top together was FAST – I didn’t time myself, but I’m pretty sure that from cutting to photography took under an hour… I had a new top to wear just in time to go out to dinner! Best of all, the end result is beautiful, although I could have easily worn the smaller size (next time I’ll do that). I see several more of these tops in my future (in fact, I purchased this exact fabric because I loved it so much) including a 3/4 sleeve version for when it cools back down next week!
The Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a trendy top that sews up fast, look no further than the Dolman Tops. Not only is beginner friendly, but would look great on almost any body type.