DIY Dolman Style T-Shirt Video Tutorial

You asked for more garment making tutorials so here it is!  My latest video where I show you how to make a super easy dolman style t-shirt from a custom pattern you will make yourself.  All you need is a t-shirt that fits.

I tried to keep this project simple in order to encourage beginners to give it a go!  There are tons of ways to make a top like this so I’m just sharing with you one way.  Feel free to customize the pattern and techniques I teach any way you want to help make this shirt your own!

The fabric I prefer to work with for a project like this is a lightweight cotton jersey or a semi-sheer knit fabric.  Here is an example of another top I made with the same pattern using a lightweight houndstooth print jersey fabric.

Got this pink/purple houndstooth knit fabric for $2.50/yd on clearance! LOVE IT!

Watch the video to see another variation I did with sheer black lace.  The possibilities are endless and it’s such a fun and easy project! If you’ve been too intimidated by the idea of sewing your own clothes… don’t be!  With my step-by-step video instructions I’m confident you can do it!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: I’m offering up one Curvey ruler in this tutorial to one lucky reader. Thanks to my local friend, CraftyBev  for offering up this great giveaway prize. Please watch the video for details on how to enter the giveaway. Giveaway ends on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 at 11:59PM EST.

8 replies on “DIY Dolman Style T-Shirt Video Tutorial

  • chickywu

    I can’t wait to try this. I’d like to see more garment tutorials. Another easy shirt/blouse or perhaps a skirt or dress. Oh I’d love to make some aprons too. Love your stuff. Thanks!! : )

  • deelish10

    I do a lot of sewing, all types of sewing, but on my garment sewing I prefer to do finished seams as French seams or hong kong seams, and do you have any ideas you can share with us? It launders and presses better but it tales me forever to make mitered corners and finished seams.

  • Debbie B Sam

    Vanessa, thank you so much! You make it look so easy. I’m not really a garment sewer, in fact, haven’t attempted in 6 years since I made 3 jon-jons! I would love to be able to make myself some tops and shorts for sure 🙂

  • rescuemomma

    I am learning so much from watching your vids!!! I am a beginner, and enjoy making things to decorate my house. I never thought I could make a garment like this shirt, but you make it do-able! I want to make some cute baby things for a friend who is having a baby in May. I think I can with your help!

  • Deborah Newman

    I finally got some fleece, and have your pattern ready gonna make several, and Im also gonna make some shirts!! Thanks Vanessa for making it so easy to understand Ill post pics when they are done!!

  • Ann

    I can’t wait to make this! My first attempt at sewing was an apron then a dress. I had some technical difficulti so with the hem (didn’t use glue and didn’t do well on hem. I would love to see some projects with fat quarters.


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