There’s a chill in the air, and I might be the only person in Chicago awaiting fall and its cold, crisp weather. From apple ciders, pumpkin carving and hayrides, fall provides a feeling of peacefulness and warmth that is often needed after an exhilarating summer outdoors. In sewing terms, the change in weather calls for sleeves and coverage and I was excited to get my hands on the beautifully draped Made for Mermaids Lea Dolman Pattern.
Once again, Megan brings us a beautiful knit (woven can be used for the bottom) pattern with multiple options for a tunic, dress, and rompers in both short and long length. The bodice sits so gracefully on the neckline and the dolman-style sleeves sophisticatedly drape over the shoulders to give you that just-needed layer of warmth. Continuing with my Back-to-School theme of sewing separates for Hobbes, I made her the Lea Dolman in Tunic length with my just arrived luscious Observer Knit fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics by April Rhodes. The two intertwine handsomely into my perfect description of autumn.
You can choose to add sleeve cuffs like mine, or leave them off to simplify the top. This pattern is perfect for the beginner seamstress; especially if you are making the romper because you get to skip the gathering steps and just attach. Hobbes is a bit sensitive about having elastic sitting snugly on her tummy--so I added 1.5 inches to her size 3 bodice/4 length to just loosen things up.
I absolutely can’t wait to work with the Lea Dolman pattern again. I am so inspired for Fall.
Till Next time, Happy Sewing!
-Merav @ Baby Hobbes Design
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