About a year and a half ago, I made my oldest girl a pink ruffle fabric Carlie’s Dolman Top and she’s worn it just about to it’s death. She’s also mostly outgrown it thanks to shooting up almost 8 inches in height, though she tries to wear it anyways sometimes. So when we started discussing Easter outfit ideas, she thought a new ruffled dolman would be perfect.
I compared her measurements to the Kymy’s Dolman size chart and she fell right between small and medium. Following the recommendation in the pattern sizing, I went with the small and it fits beautifully! I followed the instructions for a narrower neckline since my girlie is pretty self-conscious about bra straps showing.
My daughter also requested that I make it tunic length so she can wear it with leggings. I did not bother adding length to account for her height because I didn’t want it to overpower the light pink skirt I’m planning to sew for her to wear with it for Easter. For reference, she’s nearly 5’11” and this is view E of Kymy’s Dolman Top.
This time, we chose a more mature gray ruffle fabric rather than bright pink. Despite being only 11, she seems to think that she’s all grown up now that she’s 4 inches taller than me. Haha! I have to say that the gray looks gorgeous on her, though I may be a little biased. 😉
I think that the simple style of the dolman top lends itself well to showcasing the gorgeous ruffle fabric. I’m glad that this quick sew makes my girl happy, because pre-teens can be hard to please most of the time!
Happy Sewing!! ~ Joelle