Cut this stunning little top out today and you can wear it out tonight!
Easy-peasy dolman sleeved top is designed for soft, drape-y
knits with a little stretch; think modal, bamboo, rayon or silk jersey.
Relaxed-fit pull-on dolman sleeved top has a classic scooped jewel neckline,
a center back seam and above elbow lengthsleeves. Top features self-fabric
binding on the cuffs and neckline, with a double thickness waistband that sits
at the natural waist which is designed to be worn ruched for a chic look.
Make this in a simple solid colored knit for an elegant look, try a groovy print
for a funky feel, or go for a dazzling sequin-smothered knit. This great top is
perfect for those casual-dressy looks; you’ll wear your top with a slim pencil
skirt, a skinny pant or-of course!-your favorite jeans...and you’ll look quite, quite fabulous.
For the top in all sizes you’ll need around 2 yards/1.85m of fabric.
Fabric amounts are for 60”/150cm wide fabric.
...that’s all there is to it-really!
Posted by Lise on 1st Dec 2013
I chose this pattern to wear for ballroom dancing and it's just perfect - very flowy and easy to move in. There were no problems with the neck band or sleeve bands. One note for petites - Hotpatterns designs do seem to be cut for a larger frame so consider scaling the pattern down a bit if you typically wear petite sizes. I cut the pattern about 2" in each dimension - shoulder, sides/sleeves and length. It was very easy to scale down the pattern to fit my frame, and I'm very pleased with the result. I made the pattern twice in different interlock knit patterns and would definitely make another one in a solid for work. Try this pattern for something fun, fast and flattering - you will not be disappointed!
Posted by tamara on 7th Jul 2013
This is a great pattern! I've made it several times from different kinds of stretch fabrics and love them all. I get many compliments each time I wear them. I must say that the one I made from cotton interlock is my favorite however you have to make adjustments because the self facings around the neck and sleeves will be much too large. (Next time i will use cotton ribbing.) I simply added a pleat and a button at the center front to take in the extra wide neck opening now it is one of my favorite yoga cover-ups. I will make more of these for cooler weather wear too using a thicker fabric. My other favorite one is a jersey knit and looks a bit more dressy but great with jeans or slacks. The pattern is easy to follow and after cutting out , can be constructed in one afternoon.
Posted by Michelle on 12th Nov 2012
As the name says, this 80's-inspired top is definitely fast & fabulous to make. Including time to cut my fabric, total time to make the top was under three hours. I spent more time pinning seams/binding than anything else.
Tips for success with this pattern:
* The pattern runs big. Go down a few sizes from your usual HP pattern size. (Yes, the style is such that it's drapey and has a lot of ease, but on my initial run, you could see down the armhole to my bra.) I wound up taking the final top in quite a bit on the sides--something that was easy to do, given how it's constructed.
* Heed Trudy's warning about making the seam allowances larger on the armhole bindings. You'll thank me and not need to re-cut your bindings like I did. (The 3/8 SA's were fine on the neck binding.)
* The printed pattern says to "cut 2" neck bindings. This is an error--you only need one.
* Make sure to use a very drapey fabric for this one.
Things I liked about the pattern:
* The construction methods in the instructions lend this top to be constructed as quickly as possible (e.g. bindings are applied flat, as opposed to in-the-round).
* The pattern goes together FAST--a major plus for a new mom like me.
* This is a cute, very trendy top. A quick wardrobe updater.