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Hot Patterns Milano Dolman Tee

Like all Hot Patterns patterns, this one actually has an even longer name than the one in the blog post title – it is the Hot Patterns Fast & Fabulous Milano Dolman T.

Hot Patterns Milano dolman tee in kni from Darn Cheap Fabrics

The Fast & Fabulous patterns are just that – relatively simple and straightforward, with less sewing time.  I downloaded the A4 version.  With Hot Patterns you butt the page edges together and tape rather than trimming them first.  They makes them fast to assemble, but because the printing doesn’t go all the way to the edges of the paper it introduces opportunity for error.

Hot Patterns Milano dolman tee in kni from Darn Cheap Fabrics

From the Hot Patterns website: Your search for the perfect dressy-T ends here, with these gorgeous dolman T’s. These elegant styles are perfect for lighter weight drape-y knits like rayon, silk, modal, or slubby linen jersey. Loose-fit, pull-on T’s have a classic boat neckline finished with a narrow self fabric or rib trim, plus front and back princess seams for a superior fit. Dolman sleeves are 3/4 length with a rib or self fabric cuff, or add a separate section for a pieced 3/4 length sleeve. Finish your T with a double-thickness hem band for a slouchy-waisted look, or keep it relaxed with a separate shirt-tail hem. These chic dolman T’s look great in solid colors and gorgeous in your favorite prints; try them with color or print blocking, or a little topstitching too. Depending on your fabric choices, your T’s will easily dress up or down for day or night; they work best worn with flat-waist skirts or pants.

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As you can see, I chose to sew the version with the pieced sleeve and shirt-tail hem.  The sleeve definitely finished up much longer than 7/8 length on me.  The fabric is a printed fairly stable knit from the Darn Cheap Fabrics $2 table; it has been in stash for ages.  I thought it would be okay for a wearable muslin to gauge fit and sizing.

Hot Patterns Milano dolman tee in kni from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I paid attention when cutting out and have actually matched the stripes across almost all the seams! The front and back seams and the sleeve band and hem band sleeves have been highlighted with orange twin needle stitching, which is hard to see in these photos. Construction was on the overlocker, and hems were also finished with yellow contrasting twin needling on the machine.

Hot Patterns Milano dolman tee in kni from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I measure size 14 (or more) in Hot Patterns, and sewed this in size 10. As always, check the flat pattern measurements before deciding what size to cut! I think it’s actually a bit too roomy, especially across the shoulders (although I do like the belly room).

Hot Patterns Milano dolman tee in kni from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I don’t dislike the finished top, but I don’t love it either. I might sew it again with the neckline narrowed a little bit and the sleeve cuffs. This one has already moved into the wardrobe in the spare room – I have other tops that I like more and I know I will reach for in preference to this.

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