Selfish Sewing Week – Day #3 – Lace Flora Dolman Dress

Hello Sewcialists,

The third post is a few hours late since I finished making the dress just before midnight last night. Its a quick dress that I have been meaning to make for a very long time. I had a beautiful pink knit viscose lying in my stash and I wanted to make a simple dress out of it… but the best thing about creating is that, sometimes what you have in your mind can be transferred into something more beautiful during the process. Thats why I always say the sewing process inspires me. The magic that goes into the design can give you amazing outcomes.

So while looking for the pink viscose I also found a Floral print lace that I had totally forgotten which has been in my stash for more than two years now. So I combined the two and made a dress with Dolman sleeves. The pattern was drafted using one of my knit ready made dresses and I drafted the sleeve free hand. Its one of the easiest makes I have done in recent time. It took me only a few hours from the pattern making to the finished garment. I recommend a Dolman/Batwing dress for any one who needs to make a dress in a whim!

Dolman Sleeve

This is a sleeve style  that is very wide at the armhole and tapers to a tight wrist. The Dolman style was worn by the ancientTurks and was a favourite style of mantle worn by fashionable women in the 1870s. It was also very popular during the civil war times and came back in to fashion in the 1980’s. Today its one of the most flattering silgouettes for any body type because they have the effect of making the shoulders look sloped therefore minimizing the appearance of the waist. Most of the Ready-to-wear brands now use this style as a wardrobe essential. 

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Doman Sleeve Technical Drawing

After doing a bit of research on the Dolman Sleeve, it feels as if I’ve re-created a part of history and it feels good! Here’s my version of this historic style in a contemporary fabric and print.

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Pattern – Self Drafted

Fabric – Viscose Knit – Lining & Stretch Lace with floral print

Sewing time – 2-3 hours

Hope you all like it. I will report back from my hapy place after I make the fourth piece for the Selfish Sewing Week.

Till then, love what you do….

Love, Ludeé

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