Tutorial in Pictures: How to Make A Nautical Dolman Top

Materials:

2 to 2.5 yards 60″ striped spandex (depending on length)

1 meter linen bias tape (I made mine from scratch)

Dolman-sleeved top as pattern

Instructions:

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Use an old top as pattern. In this case, it’s a chunky knit sweater. Stripes is a tricky fabric to work with. Fold your fashion fabric in half, making sure that the stripes on both sides match. Place your chosen top on the fabric and cut around it with .5 cm seam allowance. Since this is meant to be a loose-fitting garment, I just cut my back and front bodice the same size but lowered the front neckline by 3 inches. Stitch front and back bodices together along the shoulders, sleeves, and sides.
If you're using a normal t-shirt, you may create the dolman effect by tracing around it using the bove as guideline.
If you’re using a normal t-shirt, you may create the dolman effect by tracing around it using the above as guideline. Notice how the neckline, shoulders, and hip line approximate that of the t-shirt.
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For the neckline piping, I made my own bias tape from some leftover linen. A bias tape is nothing but a strip of fabric cut along the bias. This makes the tape stretchier and easier to maneuver  around curves. Mine was 1.25 inches wide and a few inches longer than the actual neckline perimeter. Pin the bias tape on the WRONG side of the fabric with the WRONG side of the tape facing you.  Stitch .5 cm from the edge all around.
Refer to the image above to finish the neckline
Turn the entire top right side out. Fold the piping twice  over  towards the right side of the top, encasing the raw neckline edge and stitch in place.
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Make the cuffs. Measure the perimeter of your sleeve hem. Cut two rectangles as long as that + 1 cm, 3.5 inches wide. Stitch the short edges together.
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Attach the cuff to the sleeve hem using the same technique as attaching the piping. These steps are illustrated by the photos, from left to right.
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For the hip band, cut a rectangle 29 inches long and 11 inches wide. Stitch the short edges together.
To attach the band, refer to the figures above.
To attach the band, refer to the figures above. In step 3, make sure to encase the raw edge of the hem before stitching in place.
Here is an alternative way to attach the band. I used this for the salmon and two-toned dolman tops
Here is an alternative way to attach the band. I used this for the salmon and two-toned dolman tops. This works well with stretchier fabrics and if you have a serger handy.
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You have now finished your nautical-inspired dolman top.

So, tell me, how many are you going to make?

Good luck sewing!

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