Day Tripper

01-dolman1With Mother Nature showing a glimpse of spring last week by hosting some unseasonably warm temperatures, I decided that it was time to start pattern planning for the next season. Consequently, for this month’s  GoToPattern’s ambassador (affiliate link) sew up, I opted to stitch up Shwin Design’s Day Tripper Top.

This is a quick-to sew dolman style top that can be made in long or short sleeves (with optional epaulets for the short version), optional pockets, and 3 different lengths.  The fit is relaxed through the body with a fitted hip and the hem has a slight high\low design.

For my version, I used an Elliott Berman print that I’ve been hoarding for ages. Since I went with the short sleeves (and very, very careful placement) I was able to squeek out this top with only one yard of fabric (I used a coordinating solid for the epaulets, neck and waist bands which also helped to reduce the amount of print I needed). Putting the Day Tripper together was a breeze – I was able to stitch this up in an afternoon and all the pieces went together beautifully. I had initially cut out pockets, but decided last minute to skip that step because I was afraid that the material would bunch up too 01-dolmansleevemuch around my midriff… however now that it’s sewn, I’m sorry that I didn’t go ahead and add it in (because, POCKETS!).

My favorite part? The epaulets! They definitely set this top apart from the others that I currently have in my wardrobe, plus it gave me a good excuse to sort through my button stash and find something fun to use.

I’m sure you’ll be seeing a few more of these in the future from me…. as soon as Taylor saw this version she told me how cute it was (which means it will be missing from my closet soon)!