Dive Into Dolmans: Shwin Day Tripper

I’m taking part in the Dive Into Dolmans Blog tour hosted by Tibeca of Sewing by Ti and co-hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn, Made by Melli, and Creative Counselor. Read through to the end for a discount code!


For my post I tried out the Day Tripper by Shwin. This is a pattern I’ve owned for awhile now but had never gotten around to sewing it up until now. Not sure why not as dolmans are super fast sews. A front piece, back piece, neckband, sleeve bands, and waistband and you’re done! (Although for this one I didn’t sew on the waistband as I wasn’t sure if the length was good yet or not)


Now please forgive me, I’m not photogenic at all and white washes me out but I’ve had this fabric I purchased from Fabricville in my stash for months now and wanted to make myself something it. Don’t like it, too bad! Ha. This is why I’m usually behind the camera and not in front of it!

I like dolmans. I’m not sure if they’re the best top for my shape* but they’re super duper comfy. I like this one too because the sleeves aren’t super wide. I hate when I have a top that you can see right through the armhole into your shirt clear as day as is sometimes the case with store bought dolmans.

I sewed up the size L. My bust measurement was at the lower range for the XL and my hips were between the M and L. I like that the pattern gives finished measurements so I decided on the L so that I wouldn’t be swimming in the top. I didn’t want it to be sliding all over my shoulders and I’m glad I went with the L. The fabric I used is also pretty stretchy so I didn’t want the top to get too stretched out and even bigger after wearing it awhile.

*What’s my shape? I think I’m an inverted triangle. My shoulders are wider than my hips, but my bust measurement is just half an inch bigger than my hips, so I think I may qualify as a rectangle as well.

Day Tripper sewn by Lulu & Celeste

I think I have a bit of a swayback thing going as there is pooling going on in the back but overall I’m pleased with the top. It might not be perfect but it’s definitely wearable.

Here’s a chart detailing all the features:

dolman chart

Something that’s not mentioned on the chart though is that Day Tripper says it can be made using lightweight wovens as well as knit fabrics. I haven’t tried that out yet though.

It wouldn’t be a fun post if there weren’t any giveaways or discount codes, right? Shwin Designs is offering a $3 discount with the code DAYTRIP on purchase of the Day Tripper pattern. Good until the end of April 2016, so don’t delay!



In case you’ve missed a stop check out the full tour list below:

Diving Into Dolmans Week 1

Sewing By Ti- Sew Much ado Sea Farer

Creative Counselor- Sewing Cake’s The Tee

Sew Sophie Lynn- Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice

Made By Melli- Patterns for Pirates Sweet Tee

Guest blogger: Rebel and Malice- Jalie Dolman #3352


Diving Into Dolmans Week 2

Sewing By Ti- Create Kids Couture Donna’s Dolman

Creative Counselor- Blue Dot Patterns Georgia

Sew Sophie Lynn- EYMM Kymy’s Dolman

Made By Melli- Love Notions La Bella Donna

Guest bloggers: Rebel and Malice- Kzjo Poppy

Adventures with Bubba and Bug- Little Kiwi’s Closet Take Flight Dolman


Diving Into Dolmans Week 3

Sewing By Ti- Peekaboo Sunkissed Tee

Creative Counselor- Seamwork Aberdeen

SewSophieLynn– Hey June Aurora

Made by Melli-Peekaboo Sunkissed Tee

Guest Bloggers: Sew Far North – EYMM Assymetrical Top

Adventures with Bubba and Bug- Seamingly Smitten Dolman Sleeve Sweater with Assymmetrical Collar

Dos Natural Sistas- Hey June Aurora


Diving Into Dolmans Week 4

Sewing by Ti: Jalie #3352 Dolman

Creative Counselor: Maria Denmark Olivia Oversized Tee

SewSophieLynn- Itch to Stitch Carey

Made by Melli – Shwin Day Tripper

Guest Blogger: Sew Far North – Seamingly Smitten Women’s Dolman Sleeve Sweater

Mahlica Designs: Fancy Tiger One Hour Top


Diving Into Dolmans Week 5

Sewing By Ti: Patterns for Pirates Pumpkin Spice

Creative Counselor: EYMM Natasha

SewSophieLynn- Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee

Made by Melli – Maria Denmark Kimono Tee

Guest bloggers: Sew Far North – Nap Time Creations Easy Breezy Summer Tee

Lulu & Celeste: Shwin Day Tripper

Tour Stops: Sew Far North and AmandaRose


First up we have AmandaRose with a cute Ponderosa dress:




I love how she played around with the pattern and got her daughter involved with designing the dress! Go check it out here.

Here are the other stops on the E&E tour:

June 25: Sprouting JubeJube – June 27: Mae & K

And don’t forget to read the interview and enter the giveaway here! There’s a discount code too good until tomorrow night, so you don’t want to miss out on that either!

Today is also the last stop on the Closet Case Files tour! Check out the pretty Nettie that Patricia of Sew Far North made:






She did an amazing job! Go read her post 🙂

Did you miss one of the other reviews? Here they are below:

Gloria June  –  Rebel & Malice

Since it’s the last day of the Closet Case Files tour you don’t want to miss out on entering the giveaway!

Filles à Maman: Pattern Revolution and PhatQuarters

Today is the first stop on the Filles à Maman mini tour!
There are two posts for today: PhatQuarters and the team at Pattern Revolution.

Up first we have Gemia of PhatQuarters:



What a pretty trio of Extraordinary Girl tops! I love how they coordinate and I love that fabric! (Gemia also sells fabric btw). Go read her post here!


Next is the team from Pattern Revolution:


They are the cutest! Pattern Revolution is run by Robin, and they often feature pattern reviews on their blog done by their review team (with lots of pretty photos), as well as tutorials, sew alongs and more. Check out their review here!

These great bloggers will also be showcasing their versions of a Filles à Maman pattern:

June 23: Sew Starly – June 24: House of Estrela
(see the full tour schedule here)

Filles à Maman is giving away one PDF pattern of choice!! Go here to read the interview and enter the giveaway! (There’s also a discount code for 30% off!!)

Don’t forget to link up anything you’ve sewn up recently by any of the featured designers!! You could win a prize package with a retail value of over $300!! Go here to link up!