Dolores Batwing Top

Dolores Batwing TopWhen So Zo invited me to pattern test the Dolores Batwing Top (launched today, people!), I was like a greyhound out of a trap. Yes, please!

This PDF pattern for a simple batwing top/tunic/dress prints out on only 12 sheets of A4. To tape together and trace the pattern only took up 30 minutes of an evening.

Dolores CollageBy 10.30am the next morning, I had made and photographed the top and sent my feedback to Zoe. By lunchtime, I’d made myself a matching skater skirt out of the remains of the jersey…

Dolores Batwing & Skater Skirt

Any construction tips? All seams were completed on the overlocker. I used Steam-A-Seam tape to stabilise hems before stitching with a wide and deep zig zag on my sewing machine. I loosened the tension on my sewing machine bobbin. I used a walking foot. That’s about it!

I really love this pattern and it’s a great stash buster for any drapey jerseys taking up space in your fabric storage. Thanks, Zoe, for allowing me to test!

Do you think you’ll make this top?


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32 Responses to Dolores Batwing Top

  1. Im so happy for Zoe for launching this as a pattern.

  2. mepellymelly says:

    Love it! Fantastic fabric too, I will definitely be making it!

  3. Tamsin W-P says:

    Great combo! I have been hoping that Zoe would do a pattern for this top for ages. I love your fabric too – is it from TMOS?

  4. Ingrid K. says:

    Hi Karen! I love the photo of you in this top, it suits you so well! And that snazzy fabric, wow! 🙂 Completely impressed that you also made a matching skirt which looks great, too. 🙂
    Well done!!! (Since you finished it so quickly I’m hoping you will soon indulge in another spot of crocheting or knitting since I love reading about that, too!)
    Ingrid xx

  5. Fadanista says:

    I love it with the skirt. It looks really flattering and is the sort of outfit that you would have in constant rotation. I might have to consider…

  6. sewchet says:

    Looks absolutely lovely on you (even better with the skirt) but no, it wouldn’t suit me as my generous bosom needs a V-neck to flatter it!

  7. Fooniks says:

    It looks great and I love that it’s such a fast make. I think I will definitely get this pattern once my pattern buying diet is over, haha

  8. Wow, that’s gorgeous. Great fabric and it looks like such a great pattern – I think I’ll be making myself one soon!

  9. Claire says:

    This looks lovely on you, especially with your matching skirt. I really need to try sewing more knits….

  10. piakdy says:

    Well check you out! Glam alert!

  11. senjiva says:

    Sure! I’d make that. I love how the separates just look like a dress together. I bet this is a zillion times better than the sad neckline on the store-bought batwing top I wore yesterday!!

  12. Sold! Especially it it looks on me half as good as it does on you. Then again I would buy everything you make 🙂 It’s a beautiful print and top and the skirt rocks. 🙂

  13. adorable! you inspire me to finish the dress i started and put aside, the other dress i made and hated so i have to disassemble and recut [love the fabric, hate the way it looks on me] make my little one a stuffed elephant-horse … at least i finished my stepdaughter’s ringbearer pillow [embroidered with names date favorite quote, pearls and dodadds] before the wedding!

  14. Claire says:

    Beautiful fabric, and the shape really suits you. Love the matching skirt too.

  15. Zoe says:

    Ah so thoroughly exciting to see the Dolores batwing top on a blog! Your version is divine, amazing fabric choice, the man outside Sainsbury’s has got the goods! Your photos are really lovely too. Thanks for the link xxx

  16. Sassy T says:

    Cool funky outfit.

  17. It is really flattering on you – a great combination.

  18. Thea says:

    It’s been on my list since this morning – I’ve been wanting a batwing top for a while!

  19. Freya May says:

    I love that they work to make a dress! I’m quite excited and will probably be making this pattern 😀
    Freya May

  20. Christine says:

    This is super cute and I adore that pattern! It looks comfy!

  21. I’m a sucker for a good batwing top and this one is a beauty!! Love it and it looks great on you.

  22. danvillegirl says:

    Nice top!!

  23. Oh I lurve this Karen…especially with the matching skrt!!!

  24. Both look perfect on you and together. You do rock a ‘jazzy’ print 🙂

  25. I’ll definitely be making it, over and over! I love your top/skirt combo. Where’s the fabric from?

  26. Laura says:

    Oooh, I love this! I made the short sleeved dress to test the pattern, but I think I have enough fabric left for a long sleeved tee to see my through the winter 🙂

  27. Rhonda M says:

    Hi Karen, I’ve been following your blog for a while, so thought it was time to say ‘hi’. Those colours are really flattering on you and I particularly love the bat wing top, I’m feeling quite inspired now! (Incidentally, I used to be a ‘Ball’ before I got married – and I also lived in Walthamstow for a few years, Lea Bridge Road to be precise!!)

  28. Kathryn says:

    What a fabulous fabric and a great outcome – really looks wonderful.

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