The Dolores Batwing Top

Hello Sailor!

Hello Sailor!

Back in November, I won a Dolores Batwing Top pattern by Zoe Edwards from the So Zo…What Do You Know blog, with the caveat that I make up the garment and then blog about it in a timely manner. (I’m so sorry Zoe!!!!!).  I made the shirt and never posted it.  A million months later, here we are.  I cut myself a test garment out of a large thrifted men’s tee shirt, just in case it came out badly I would not have wasted much money.  Hey, what do you know, it fits really well!

The details: Dolores is a dolman-sleeved shirt meant for knit fabrics with two sleeve options and three length options–top, tunic, dress. It comes in UK sizes 8-16 and is a PDF download that you can print at home and assemble with tape; or have printed whole large-format at the copy shop. I had mine printed up at the office-supply store for about $7.

Grading out the hip on the Dolores.

Grading out the hip on the Dolores.

Changes I made: The size 16 pattern was not quite big enough for me, and I have a petite shoulder line, so I used a smaller size for the shoulder and graded it out. I added a bit of width from the armpit to hem and shortened the hem by 2″ to fit my 5;1″ height. I omitted the band on the short-sleeve option as it was a wearable muslin.

Verdict: The Dolores Batwing Top has turned out to be a great pattern to use again and again, incorporating small style changes  as mood or fabric dictates. I have made three so far; the burgundy (pictured), a long sleeve high-low hem version for my friend’s birthday, and a long sleeve in marled grey for myself for the fall.  Overall, I’d say a success. I love the ease of the tee-shirt with some waist-defining shaping and style.

Disclaimer: I was NOT compensated for this review. All statements and opinions are my own. I received the pattern for free as part of a promotional contest. (if anyone really wants to sponsor me, lets chat)  Shirt photos by Jen Helbert of Prjona Plym textile studio.