Sewing with Spun Hi Loft T-Shirt Jersey – Kit Dolman Shirt
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Violet Snow has just introduced a new fabric base – Hi Loft T-Shirt Jersey! This base is a medium weight fabric, similar to a high-end t-shirt. Very soft and sturdy. There is about 30% stretch in the horizontal direction and very little in the vertical direction. Great for shirts and loungewear. This tutorial walks you through creating a Kit Dolman Shirt using this fabulous fabric base!
The pattern used for this shirt was the Kit Dolman – a new release from Petite Stitchery and Co. It features lots of options - including color-blocking, multiple sleeve designs and lengths, a split hem, and multiple shirt lengths. It also comes in kid and adult sizes.
For this particular Kit, I used the following options:
Fabric - This pattern is designed for knit fabrics
From the In-House collection of fabrics – Premium Jennifer Lycra, Premium Athletic Knit, Spun Hi Loft T-shirt Jersey, or Double Brushed Poly (DBP) are all great options
For this dolman shirt, I used Spun Hi Loft T-Shirt Jersey. This is a great option for this pattern because it is a looser fit with lots of ease and drapes like a t-shirt.
Balance Captain! - Large Panel (The one pictured is a medium, but I had to piece the sides together. Using a large panel will prevent that)
Lost Boys Small Scale – 1 yard (you will have leftover fabric)
Lost Boys Swirl Coord – 1/2 yard (you will have leftover fabric)
Cutting Mat & Rotary Cutter
If you don’t have these, that’s okay – you can use fabric scissors. A Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter just make measuring and cutting a little faster and easier
Straight Pins and Quilting Clips
Used to hold your pieces together while sewing
Iron and Ironing Board/Mat
For pressing (as desired)
Sewing Machine / Serger
Used to assemble your pattern
I used a serger to assemble this shirt; however, a zig zag, triple stitch, or double needle can be used on a sewing machine. These stitches are great for knit fabrics as they allow the fabrics to stretch without popping seams
Print and assemble your pattern
Cut fabrics – for this dolman shirt, you should have a front bodice bottom (color block option), front bodice top (color block option), back bodice x2 (mirrored), cap sleeves x2, and neckband.
Attach the front bodice bottom to the front bodice top. Topstitch if desired
-Attach the back bodice pieces together. Topstitch if desired.
Attach the back bodice to the front bodice at the shoulder seems
Clip the cap sleeve at the shoulder seam and work your way out each side. Sew together. Repeat for the other side.
SIDE SLIT AND HEMMING
To create the side slit, refer to your pattern piece. For a modest slit, use the crop hemline as your guide and place a clip there. This will be your side slit height.
Hem the bottom hemline for the front and back bodice. Topstitch. I used a 1” hem for the front and back bodice.
Keeping your slit location clip in place, fold the side slit in, wrong sides together. Topstitch. I used a ¼” double fold for a more finished look.
Hem your sleeve by folding in the raw edges, wrong sides together. Topstitch. I used a 1” hem.
FINISHING THE BODICE
Attach your front and back bodice side seams, right sides together. Stop at your slit location clip. Since I used a serger on the side seams, I went back with my sewing machine to sew up the serger tail using a zig zag stich.
Attach the raw edges of your neckband, right sides together
Attach the neckband to the bodice neckline. Topstitch if desired. Note: Due to the limited stretch for the Hi Loft Jersey, I would recommend using a fabric with more stretch, such as the Jennifer Lycra. It makes it easier to get the finished garment over your head.
All done! Congratulations on your comfy new Kit dolman shirt! We would love it if you would share it in or Facebook group Here!