The Jalie Dolman Tee (3352) is one of the simplest T shirts to sew for beginners. If you extend the length like I did, and add an elastic casing , you get a very easy to wear and simple to sew dress for summer!
When I received this beautiful Art Gallery cotton lycra from The Confident Stitch, I wanted to make the most of every little bit of it. I squeezed this project out of 1.25 yard of fabric. It was tight fit, but I did it! They seem to be all out of this print now, But this one with similar colors, would also be really cute.
First, I traced the dolman sleeve tee pattern then simply extended the bottom about 20 inches and made a straight hem. I would have liked to make it a little longer, but I didn’t have enough fabric. Then I cut the pattern apart an inch below the waist notchlines. I added 1.25 inch seam allowances to the top portion and also to the bottom portion to make a casing. I sewed it at 1.25 inch. Then I serged the seam allowance together and ironed it upwards.
I then sewed the casing to the bodice portion, leaving a small opening to insert my 3/4 inch elastic. There are lots of tutorials too add an elastic casing to dress, and I think I have a few on this site already if you need photos.
I folded over all of the seam allowances and used my cover stitch to sew them. I didn’t bother to change the thread on the looper, as you can see. But I did change the olutside threads to pink.
It’s a very easy dress to throw on in summer. I’ve made dresses like this in the past that I’ve drafted myself, but I already had the top cut out from my previous dolman tees, so this was a no brainer.
Just for fun, check out this tutorial I wrote several years ago, showing how to make a similar tunic dress by tracing a tshirt. After several years of sewing, I can tell you that’s not the best method for making a casing! I considered taking it down, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on old and outdated tutorials. Should we bloggers take them down, or leave them up? I mean. that method does work, but I wouldn’t sew it that way anymore. But I love how that little dress turned out and Isabelle looked so cute in it!
Gosh, I love this fabric.