Dolmans! Everywhere I look there are dolmans. It’s not part of my regular tv show rotation, but I love this one Allison Janney wore on Mom. Actually, she rocks a lot of dolmans on that show. Not that I would know, because it isn’t one of the shows I normally watch or anything…. Ok! Fine! It’s a guilty pleasure. Much like toasted coconut cashews are my cheat snack. I’m getting off topic. Focus people. I recently sewed up two different dolman patterns. One was the Day Tripper by Shwin Designs. Let’s have a look at the pattern in the same way I broke down the Parisian by Go To Patterns last time. I’ll share with you my thoughts as well, and let you know the little flubs I made. That’s right, I’m not perfect. I make flubs too. And I’ll put them on display momentarily.
Also, much like my post about the Parisian Top, let’s get the blah blah blah out of the way. Guys… This is totally a copy and paste, because I’m lazy like that. I’m a Brand Ambassador for Go To Patterns. I know, I’m oh so professional with my previous “blah blah blah.” It’s just how I roll, guys! I received this pattern for free, but all thoughts, opinions, and whatnot within this blog are my own. Also, links to Go To Patterns website are affiliate links. Basically, I get a little kickback when you purchase patterns through those links. However, it doesn’t hurt my feelings if you don’t want to use an affiliate link. I totally get it. No hard feelings. Still besties! The links in the first paragraph are non-affliate, just in case you want those. Alright, let’s get in to it!
– The Day Tripper Top by Shwin includes a few different options. Short or long sleeve. Both options are banded. I do wish there was a ¾ length sleeve option, but went with the long sleeve. Optional shoulder tabs. I opted to leave them off. It features a slight hi-low banded hem line. It’s very slight, in my opinion. There are three different lengths included – 24, 26, and 28” lengths. I made the 28” length. There is also an optional side seam pocket.
– The sizing for the pattern is women’s XXS (bust 30-31, hips 33-34) to XL (bust 41-44, hips 43-44). The sizing information is included in the pattern listing on Go To Pattern’s website. Handy! I like being able to see a size chart before purchasing a pattern. **I fell within the Medium size range, and that’s the size I made.
– The size chart also includes finished measurements for the bust and hips. Having these measurements can allow for customization of fit, depending on how much ease you want in your final garment. If I were to do it again, depending on the fabric that I use, I might size down to a small. There is a significant amount of ease.
– The pattern is rated as an intermediate skill level, according to the pattern listing.
– The pdf is 33 pages. The first 5 pages include (these aren’t listed in order): the cover page, size chart, fabric requirements and suggestions, tips for working with knits, tips and terms for sewing the pattern, and how to select the perfect size. The next seven pages are the main instructions for the pattern. Then there is a printing guide page, right before the pattern pieces. The pattern pieces take up the last 20 pages.
– As mentioned above, the fabric requirements are listed within the pattern. They’re listed within the size chart. You’ll need 1.5 – 2 yards of knit fabric to make the top. It’s noted that medium weight cotton spandex have the best results. You’ll also need 1/8 yard fusible interfacing and two 1” buttons if you do the shoulder tabs.
– A cutting guide is not included within the pdf.
– Photographs are used throughout the pdf, except for the two diagrams used to illustrate how to select the perfect size. I generally prefer illustrations over photographs, so this is a win for me.
– The actually assembly instructions start on the sixth page.
– The seam allowance is 3/8” and is noted on page 3 as part of the “Tips and Terms for Sewing the Pattern” section. The seam allowance is not noted on the pattern pieces.
– All measurements within the pdf are imperial. Sorry metric users! I’m Canadian and on the metric system and I sew in imperial, so the use of imperial only doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
Pattern Pieces Overview (pages 14-33)
– The pattern pieces are included at the end of the instructions. No separate files. The pieces start on page 14 and run through the end of the pdf at page 33. That’s 20 pages to print. The print guide is included on page 13.
– There is a 1″ measuring square included on the first pattern page.
– A sizing key is not included within the pattern pieces. You’ll have to refer back to page 2 before selecting and cutting your size.
– The sizing is differentiated by different colored lines, and not a varying dashed/solid lines system.
– The pages are not no-trim pages. You’ll have to trim a side and a top/bottom. OR, if you have a light table, or big window, just use that. That’s what I use.
– Each pattern piece is labelled with the pattern name (The Day Tripper Top), the designer name with logo (Shwin Designs), piece name, cutting directions, fold lines are marked, direction of stretch is marked on all pieces with two exceptions: it is not noted on the pocket piece, and the shoulder tab, both of which make sense to me. The seam allowance is not noted on any of the pattern pieces.
A few more notes and thoughts
– I’d mentioned in the preamble of this post that I’d share my flubs with you. Well, I’ve made this pattern twice. First I made the sliver, glitter stripe, and then I made the purple sweatshirt. For the glitter stripe, I really was not paying attention to the instructions. Which I’m often guilty of. When it came time for the neckline, I folded my neckband in half, and attached RST to the neckline. Errrr! Wrong! I couldn’t figure out why it looked and laid funny. I figured that I had measured the piece wrong and cut it too big. That might still be a possibility. When I’m cutting stripe fabric I never cut anything on the fold, so I measured the pattern piece, doubled, and cut. Could be a bit of math/measuring error there. BUT, I also ignored the instructions which have the neckband attached as a single layer (not folded in half) right side, to the wrong side of the neckline. Then folded, folded again, and sewn. That’s the quick and dirty explanation. The pdf obviously explains it much more eloquently.
– I also flubbed on my purple sweatshirt and accidentally stretched out the bottom hemline which attaching the hem band. UGH!! It would be perfect if I hadn’t made that rookie mistake. And if the thread I used to sew down my neckband had matched better. Those two things, and it would be perfect.
– The pattern skips about a bit in the instructions, which is mildly annoying. The instructions are only 7 pages long, so it really isn’t that big of a deal, it’s just mildly annoying. For example, at the end of step 1 it mentions to skip to steps 22-24 for the shoulder tab. After that you’ll want to check out what step 2 is, right? Right at the top of step 2, it states that if you are doing pockets to do steps 25-26, and then continue to step 3. I should note that step 1 is for the short sleeve option. If you are doing the long sleeve option, you’ll start on step 8, and do all of the above jumping about again. To be fair, you’ll only jump about if you are including the shoulder tab and pocket options. And it is only 7 pages of instruction total. Aaaaannnnddd. I’m probably being far too picky.
– Melly, of Melly Sews, made a Day Tripper in an awesome floral print as part of the Pattern Anthology Just Add Jeans blog tour. I wish I knew where you lands on the size chart and what size she made. Her top looks like it has less ease in it than mine.
Would I make it again? Would I make any changes?
Yes, BUT, I think I would size down to the small and see how I like that. As mentioned previously, there is a significant (6-7”) amount of ease built in to the pattern at the bust. By sizing down to the small, there would only be 4-5” of ease throughout my bust. I’d just like to try that, as I feel like it’s a bit too much ease for me as is. I love longer tops, but the 28” cut line might be slightly long for me. I’d try the 24” cut line next time. I’d also try not to flub the neckband and stretch the hemline. I might try a different length as well. This pretty much sums up how I feel about my sewing flubs.
I’m going to throw some links your way, just so you can stay in the know.
Day Tripper Top (affiliate)
Go To Patterns website (affiliate)
Day Tripper Top (not affiliate)
Go To Patterns website (not affiliate)
Go To Patterns Facebook Page
Go To Patterns Group *while the pages are handy to know about sales and stuff, the groups are far more interactive. I prefer groups to pages.
Go To Patterns on Instagram *check out those awesome shirts! I want them all. Feel free to send me a handful.
Andrea Pannell on Pinterest *say goodbye to your afternoon if you click this one.
Go To Patterns on Twitter *I don’t Twitter, or tweet, or twerk, or whatever the cool kids are calling it.
Sign up for the Go To Patterns newsletter *It doesn’t matter to me either way. But, the newsletters do have cool things in them
Shwin’s Facebook Page
Shwin’s Facebook Group
Shwin is having a huge sale at the moment. Today, you can get the diamond dress pattern on sale when you use the code DIAMOND. You can see the diamond that I made within the pattern listing. I’m wearing the orange dress on the bottom row.