Today I’m sharing the One Hour Top from Fancy Tiger Crafts as part of the Diving into Dolmans blog tour hosted by Sewing By Ti. Ti has put together bloggers of all shapes to show how this style top can work for every body shape.
I just love my dolman style Georgia Tops (here and here), so it was only natural that I would want to try another pattern and expand my dolman love. Unfortunately, I did not find true love a second time. I think we’re more of a “like-like” status.
The blandly named One Hour Top is a loose fitting top with a 3/4 length dolman sleeve. True to it’s name, the top goes together very quickly. The instructions are easy and straight forward to follow. I did change one step. Instead of folding over the neckline by 1/2in and stitching down as instructed, I used a clean finish binding. Even with the extra time needed for the neater neckline finish, I still finished in under an hour.
I found this really cool ponte knit on the clearance rack at Hancock Fabrics, but it was a bit shy of the needed length, so I added a color block band at the bottom to make it a decent length on me. As is usual for me, I had to shorten the sleeves just a bit to hit at the right place.
I was worried that a dolman without a fitted band at the bottom would look really slouchy, but that turned out just fine. The overall fit is just not love for me, as roomy as this is supposed to be, I’m getting drag lines down the front. I often need a FBA, but honestly didn’t think I would need it with as much ease as the pattern has built in. I’ll pass on making this one again. You may have better luck.
Some things to consider about the One Hour Top:
|Sizes||XS/S to XL/XXL (32/34 to 42/45)|
|Printable pattern pages/copy shop version||18 (no copy shop)|
|Measurements for Rectangle Pieces||NA|
|Fabric Requirement for your size||1 ½ (1 ¾ stated in pattern)|
|Measurement Chart||Bust Waist Hip|
|Pattern Printing Layout||Yes|
|Suggested Fabrics||Medium weight knits|
|Layer Printing Option||No|
|Neck Line Options||No|
|Seam Allowance||½ inch|
|Hem Allowance||½ inch|
|Separate add-on pack||No|
|Easy to read instructions||Yes|
|Drawing or photograph instructions||Drawings|