I'm mostly okay with this, but lately I've been challenging myself with the question, "Why not do what's easy? Why not go with the flow?" This applies to pattern-making for sure.
Case in point: the dolman sleeve/batwing top. We've all seen them. They're very popular. No one making one of these is reinventing the wheel.
But they're soooo comfortable. And drapey. And somehow make you feel totally sexy. They also don't take a million hours to make, and sometimes it's nice to get clothing into people's hands a little faster.
So I made a dolman sleeve top.
I also cut the top on the cross grain which means there is more natural draping happening over the bust area.
This shirt TOTALLY SHRANK! The shrunken version looks great, too, and I actually debated if maybe I liked it better. But I think I like the longer, looser version. Potential buyers--either be really careful with washing (cold wash, hang dry or very light tumble dry....mine shrank after a cold wash, hang dry and a low heat tumble after it was about half dry!) or order a size up.
Here's the shrunken version...