I copied my favorite Dolman Top. It is getting chilly here and I wanted something warm and comfy. I am so in love with this sweater knit dolman top I purchased sometimes last year. I decided to create a replica using a double-knit I had in my fabric stash.


The double-knit is a thick material. It feels like sweatshirt material. Its warm and comfy. This HAS to be the most casual piece I have ever made. I usually stick to tops that are more on the fitted side. but I also like my sweatshirts!

Here is a close up of the original:IMG_9259

I did not even create a pattern for this one, since it is so easy to recreate. I simply folded my fabric and placed my original top on it. I cut around the outline eyeballing the seam allowance. I have a 3/8 inch seam allowance all over and a 5/8 inch hem allowance on the sleeves, neckline and bottom hem.


One of the main reasons this is such a simple top is that there is no separate sleeve to sew.  As you can see below, the bodice and sleeve are one,

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I like how to the stripes on the side create a chevron pattern…


PATTERN: This is what the pattern would look like if you used a commercial pattern


I simply traced my original tee as described above in the post. If you want to do it the way I did, but dont have a dolman top in your wardrobe, you can take any t shirt you own and do it this way: I have shown the original tee in blue and how you will trace around it in red to create your pattern. My front and back bodice are exactly the same with the exception of the neckline, which is lower on the back .


FABRIC:I used a double knit from girl Charlee, but I used the wrong side on the outside of the top, as I loved the texture and I also liked the color better as compared to the correct side of the fabric.

SEWING : This was pretty simple to sew and can be a one hour top. There are only 4 seams to sew: 2 side seams and 2 shoulder seams. I completed the hemming with a coverstitch. You could also hem using a twin needle.

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far.Let me know what you think of this easy project.

Until next time!




11 Comments on Easy One Hour Dolman Top

  1. How did you do the 3 rows of stitching for the neck and hems? I’m a beginner and there’s absolutely no way I could do 3 separate and individual rows and they not be crossing all over each other.. Is there a tip for doing this? Also, do you always wear heels? Brave, brave, soul!!! Just found your site – really enjoying it.

  2. Oh, yeah. I forgot to ask. When drawing off from a tee, How much bigger is there from the blue line and the red line? Told you I was a beginner. I know it seems so simple to you. Believe me, nothing is simple to me right now… This is right side, selvage …… pincushion, needle. Just kidding. I am beyond this. Slightly. 🙂

    • So while drawing the outline, the distance you add all around depends on your seam allowance. If the tee you are tracing is loose fitting, then add 1/2 inch all around if you plan to stitch with a 1/2 inch hem allowance.. If you are planning to stitch with a 5/8 seam allowance, then add 5/8 inch. This would apply to all around the tee, except the curved lines where you will be connecting the sleeve hem to the waist hem.

      Now if you are starting off a form fitting tee, follow the instructions above but maybe add an extra 1/2 inch on all sides for some ease. Make sense?

      ps- used to live in heels. Not anymore as much, but still love them and definitely wear them when dressed up.. flats while running errands etc 🙂

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