What do you call a sleeve that you cut as part of the shirt but it isn't actually cut-out? You know, the sleeve that isn't really a "sleeve"? If you cut around the outside of your shirt but don't actually cut out sleeves, what do you call that?
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce to you the Dolman Sleeve:
So that's what it's called!
Thank you Internet for understanding me, in spite of myself.
So...as I contemplated my next torturous sewing exercise, the thought came to me. I've seen shirts with sleeves already part of the garment. I have no idea what they're called, but I want to make one! [insert jumbled clueless internet search words = Dolman Sleeves].
*You're welcome for making a short story even longer.
Without further delay, here's my Dolman sleeved, rayon blouse with a gathered neckline and coordinating polka dot bow. I even added a ruffled hemline for kicks.
Dolman sleeve in all its glory
I decided to use a couple remaining pieces from my polka dot blouse as a bow, to give it a little contrast.
I gathered the neckline to give it a little more interest.
Making your own Dolman Sleeved top is actually really pretty easy.
- I just laid down an oversized t-shirt and cut around it for my pattern
- I cut a lower neckline for the front and a higher neckline for the back.
- Just make sure your seams match up on both pieces (shoulder, arm, & hem).
- For your basic top, just hem the neckline and arm holes, stitch together the shoulders, then the sides, and finish with the bottom hem.
Easy breezy, loose fit!
▶▶▶Here are a few great summer shirt sewing ideas◀◀◀
They are now all on my to-do list!!
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