How to sew a dolman sleeve top, it's super fast and easy

22 August 2018

This is my first attempt at a dolman sleeve top, SURPRISE, SURPRISE.

And it's not because I was scared to attempt it, quite the contrary, I raised my nose at it thinking it was way too easy for me and my sewing superpowers. 
NO, NO..........i craved excitement, challenges, ways to sharpen and grow my sewing skills.......RIGHT?  

Well as it turns out, there's nothing, nothing....and I mean NOTHING like a super easy project, without armholes and sleeves I might add, to get you out of a rut and riding that sewing mojo waves babyyyyyyyy.

Now to the real star of the post THE DOLMAN SLEEVE TOP.

Also sometimes referred to as batwing sleeves have been around for a long time, they were worn by Turks, and it was a favorite style for women clothing during the US Civil war.
The fashionable dolman sleeve that we know now is described as a sleeve with a low armscye, cut as one with the bodice, which can taper at the waist or be cut widely.

Now with that little bit of history out of the way thanks to Wikipedia, My top...

I got the idea to make this top after I borrowed one from my sister-in-law, I don't own many dolman sleeves anything(yes, I had that little regard for the style). Anywayz, I wore it out, liked it so much I decided I'd make mine, DON'T YOU JUST FREAKING LOVE SEWING????????????

Honestly, this top is the easiest thing to make, its got a front and back piece, a turned-up sleeve and some bias binding for the neck. That's all.


I used a yellow with white polka dot crepe fabric for this project. Even though polka dots are not my favourite thing, my love for yellow got the upper hand in the decision lol. 
I can't even begin to describe the shade of yellow to you, pics don't do it any justice at all. it's like a bright egg yolk colour. The crepe fabric is light, feels pleasant on the skin, and no fraying so, it gets extra points.

front & back bodice

There are two bodice pieces(front & back) with integrated sleeves, hence the name. You just sew both sides together

turned up cuff
I did a turned-up cuff to finish off the sleeves. It was easy and stylish at the same time, instead of the regular hemming.

To achieve the cuffs, I got the measurement of the sleeve after joining the front and back bodice pieces.
  I then decided what height I wanted the cuff to be, plus seam allowance.

I doubled the height & cut it out, giving me a rectangle.
 I folded the rectangle in half and sewed it to the sleeve, then, just tacked the top to the bodice. 

For the neck, I did some bias binding that didn't go as planned but it turned out fine.


This is an absolute beginner-friendly project because it's quick and easy, it took me two days to make because I had to watch tennis.

Projects like these are the best when you've had a run of bad makes, they help to release the tension/apprehension from your sewing.

If anyone is interested in a step by step tutorial, please let me know. it's such an easy top to make, I PROMISE.

What other beginner-friendly projects have you made? Have you tried your hands on any other dolman sleeve projects/makes? Share in the comments section.

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