15 Sep The Dolman Coat
- From wikipedia – ‘A dolman sleeve is a sleeve set into a very low armscye; in fact, the armscye may extend to the waistline, in which case there will be no underarm seam in the blouse.’
- From the dictionary – ‘A kind of sleeve for a coat or dress, tapering from a wide opening at the armhole to a narrow one at the wrist.’
Traced out below is my knit kimono block, front and back together, laid out as a full pattern for this asymmetric design. Please note the important 1cm difference between the front and the back on the shoulder/overarm seam. To maintain balance in this simple shape it is essential that the back is higher than the front by 1cm. Without it, your garment will always lift in the front and drag towards the back.
Mark in the lines connecting the front neck to hem on the right side of the garment and the sleeves to the hemline, both sides. Please note the hemline is marked as very narrow to create tension in the front line of the garment. The shape on the left side of the garment is a wrap with a near right angle at the waist level. Mark a sleeve opening back along the overarm seam – approx. 14-15cm (5 1/2-6″).