I haven’t been sewing a lot recently, but I’ve needed some new shirts and tunics to wear with my leggings. So I decided to try out the new Dublin Dolman from New Horizons. I went with the tunic length and short sleeves since it is still pretty warm here. I made it with a lightweight poly spandex since it was the right color I was looking for. I have lots of patterned leggings, so I need some solid tops to go with them.
I originally wanted to do the pockets, but after I tried it on with the pockets done, I realized that they did not work for me. I tend to carry all my weight in my hips and thighs and having the extra bulk from pockets right there was just not flattering to me. I can rarely get pockets to work for me, especially if they hit me right at my hips, and this pattern was no exception. I cut them out and it turned out so much better.
I am in the camp that leggings are pants as long as the backside is covered up. This tunic works wonderfully for this. I did add a couple inches to it as I am 5’11 and usually have to lengthen all tops.
There is a lot of variety with this pattern and you can mix and match the different options. For sleeves you can have hemmed short sleeve, banded short sleeve (which is what I did), ¾ sleeve, or long sleeve. There is also a neck binding or neckband option. If you do the gathered front option, you will do the V neck. You can leave the hip length hemmed, or you can add a tall band, a gathered band, or a normal band. There is also the option for a gathered back. I like the fact that you can use one pattern and get several different looks.