It was Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend, and I felt like some simple sewing. On a whim, I bought the Jalie dolman top pattern, which I’ve been eyeing for a year… and once that was done, I finally finished up a UFO from the summer! Both are kimono/dolman type sleeves, monochromatic, and abstract geometric prints, so they seem destined to be blogged together.
First up: The Jalie Dolman top!
Dropped shoulders continue to be fashionable, so I thought I’d give them another try. I’ve made 2 Hemlocks before, and found them just too baggy to flatter my shape. I chose this pattern because on the cover, it looks form-fitting. Surprise: It’s not! I had to cut it down twice to get this fit.
My biggest issue with the pattern is how far dropped the shoulder seam is. On the RTW tops I admire, the seam is maybe 2″ off the shoulder…. this one hits right at the fat part of my arm, which I find unflattering. (It hit even lower than this before I took the shirt in!) Happily, this print (leftover from my Appleton dress) totally hides the seam. I’ll try the pattern again, several sizes down, and with a raised shoulder seam. I do like the neckline and the high-low hem.
Next up is a kimono-sleeve dress cut out so long ago, I can’t remember what pattern it is! Maybe a lengthened Maria Denmark kimono tee?
In truth, this started off as a pyjamas… but when I pulled it out of the UFO pile to finally hem it, I decided it deserved to be a dress! (What’s the difference? Ummm… nothing except where I wear it. This literally is secret pyjamas.)
The fabric is a flowy rayon double knit, from the same line as my pink leopard cowl top last year. It came in some odd prints, to be honest, but once this black/navy/royal blue/white print hit the $5/m section, I decided to give it a ago. Bizarrely, I had a really hard time styling it – what to wear with it? Black? Pink? Yellow, if I owned any yellow… I finally settled on turquoise. (I wore it to work yesterday with all black, which was fine.)
As it happens, I made a really similar dress last fall, which I’ve rarely worn. I’m happy to report that the drape of this dress makes it more wearable then the stiff ponte I used last time!
Now here’s the truth about these pictures – I’d already tried another location, and experimented with using a different lens and a filter, and things had not turned out well. I drove home, swapped to my trusty 50mm lens, and went to the meadow down the street. I was photographing these two garments and another dress, which meant a lot of changing in the car! (Picture me changing between these two outfits while in the driver’s seat, if you will!) Why am I telling you this? Because I took jumping pics to entertain you, but I feel the need to explain that my full-length slip from the dress pictures is wadded into the top of my teal trousers, and I would dearly like to believe my abdomen doesn’t usually look THIS lumpy. (Though all of these pics give me second thought about the fit of these pants in general.) But jumping!!!! For you, dear readers, I share everything.
Top tip: don’t wear a heavy stone necklace when jumping, because it’ll smack you in the glasses!
Neither of these garments are terribly exciting, but I’m sure they’ll get worn. I used to make kimono sleeve tops all the time, and then started preferring a more defined shoulder… and now, I guess, I’m back?
How do you feel about dropped shoulders in sewing patterns and RTW? Do they make you feel chic and modern, or like a hunchback?