After having the sad realisation that I hadn’t managed to sew anything for myself this Summer, I bit the bullet and signed up to pattern test ‘'Women's Take Flight Dolman'’ top - the latest PDF pattern designed by Lydia of Little Kiwi’s Closet.
This pattern (XS-5X) has just launched today with the discounted price of USD$7 until Friday 18th March!
If you’re a loyal follower of my blog, or already familiar with Little Kiwi’s Closet, then you might know at least 1 of two things: 1) I’m a long time lover (and sometimes pattern tester) of Lydia’s patterns; and 2) Lydia (of LKC) is already a prolific kid’s PDF pattern designer, but THIS pattern is her first foray into the world of adult patterns. (Personally, I’m hoping that it’s just the start, with more to come!)
I really love this top! (I hope you’re able to look past my dorky facials and bad posture [pull your shoulder’s back, woman!] to see the beauty in this top too.)
I love the relaxed style and particularly the sleeve/ shoulder detail, that is characteristic of a dolman type top. As well as being comfortable and flattering (in a relaxed kind of way), this style makes for an extremely quick and easy sew, since you don’t have to faff about setting in sleeves or anything.
Lydia’s easy to follow instructions with lot’s of helpful photos make it a breeze too and I think even a beginner sewer (perhaps with just a small bit of experience with knits, or good willingness to learn) could give this a go!
In terms of fabric I used a cotton/rayon/spandex blend for the front (floral) panel – one of my favourite fabrics that I got from Girl Charlee a while back. It’s reasonably thin with good drape and just perfect for this project. Plus I had just enough for the front with only scraps to spare, so it was meant to be! The back and bands (neck, arms and waist) are all made of cotton/ lycra fabric that I purchased from Levana. I chose to do the bound neckline option and to include the waist and arm bands. (There are other neckline options included in the pattern and you can choose to omit the bands on the sleeves and waist if you prefer too, or opt to add long sleeves if you wish.)
I’m looking forward to sewing this pattern again, I can already tell it’s going to be one of my ‘go to’s’
Make sure you nab it for yourself while it’s still on sale!
Thanks for letting me test, Lydia!