Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Dolman Dress: Success!!

After a sewing fail, there is nothing better than an amazing success! Case in point: the dolman-sleeve top I keep making. 

This time, I took it a step further, and turned it into a dress.  It may be my favorite make yet: super cozy, quick to sew, and still nice enough to wear to work.  Does it get any better?  You be the judge...



Pattern: Cation Design's Dolman Sleeve Top.  Available for free!  Do it!

Sizing: I stuck with a size small again, but took out 1/2 inch from the center to help correct some of the gaping I had when I made the top.  I think it's MUCH better this time!  Look at how nice and flat that neck band lays!
Did it look like the picture/drawing? No! Because I turned it into a dress...mwahahaha!

Fabric Used: I used 2 yards of stretch jersey that I bought at my local fabric store.  I didn't notice until I got it home that it was Esprit fabric from 1993.  Does that count as vintage?

Instructions?  I completely ignored them this time...typical Ashley.  But, I'd say it worked in my favor (for once)!


What I love most:  The hem.  I sewed the whole dress on my serger (which I am in love with by the way).  I fiddled with the settings, and figured out how to do a rolled hem.  I really like the way it drapes, and it was so fast!  Also, I love the pleats.  How could you not love pleats?



What I would do differently if I made it again: Probably nothing.  I'd like to make a shorter version for a more casual look, but I wouldn't change a thing about this make!

Alterations:  I moved the band up to waist-level, and widened it to 3 inches.  I also increased the width of the neckband to 2 inches.  I felt it was just too tiny before.  Oh, and I added a skirt.  Duh.



Recommended?  I already have, but I'll say it again: yes, yes yes!

Final thoughts: Seriously guys, I love this pattern.  I love this dress.  I love it so much, I want you to make one for yourself.  I'm going to try to get a tutorial up for making my changes and turning this into a dress by the end of the week.  Then you'll have no excuse for not showing me all your pretty dolman dresses...


15 comments:

  1. It looks great! Good job making the pattern into a dress. Sergers are the best! I love doing rolled hems on mine. Glad to see you experienced success after you were so disappointed by your last make.

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  2. Me too! I love my serger! When I first got it, I figured I would just use it to finish seams, but it's really so useful for so many things.

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  3. Definitely a win! I love how you cut the waistband. Beautiful dress!

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  4. Thanks! There was no hope of me matching up all those stripes, so I just went with the opposite. Much less offensive!

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  5. Wow, that dress is stunning on you! I love it and I love how you lined up (or designed?) the waist so the pattern matches. It looks amazing!

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  6. If I do recall, you too have fallen prey to the delights of the Cation Top. I bet it would look cute with a bow on it :)

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  7. This looks great on you! Nice work!

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  8. Gorgeous! I really need to sort my serger out - it has come un-threaded and I have put off attempting to re-thread because it will involve trawling through You Tube as I have lost the manual. This would be a good project to motivate me though.

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  9. What kind of serger do you have? Mine is pretty easy to thread, I just run into trouble when I change the settings. It definitely takes a bit to get things sorted out when I change the settings, though. Yay for motivation!

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  10. I kept mine on the "out of the box" settings for a while! Every time I change them, I read a tutorial--I'm way too lazy to actually learn the reason for changing the dials, and what each one does...can't wait to see what you come up with!

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