October 29, 2019

Introducing the Cedar Dolman Top Printed Pattern

The Cedar Dolman Top has been a hidden gem in the Cashmerette lineup for over a year now, tucked away in our PDF-only activewear collection. You all have been telling us that you love the Cedar for its curve-friendly dolman fit and how quick it is to sew, so we’re thrilled to announce that this beloved pattern is now available as a printed pattern!

plus size dolman top sewing pattern

The Cedar is a casual dolman sleeve top with an optional pretty knotted detail suitable for knits or drapey wovens. You may often hear that a pattern only works in a knit or a woven fabric. The Cedar is one of those magical patterns that works in both: sew it up in a flowy silk for a chic look for the office, but make it out of an athletic knit and you’re set to hit the gym or run errands on the weekend. This makes the Cedar one of our most versatile patterns, and its pattern-hacking potential is off the charts. You could easily fill a whole wardrobe with the Cedar!

Plus, save 15% on any of our limited edition Cedar Dolman Top fabric kits, now available for pre-order—keep reading to learn how!

Molly measures 49″ bust, 43″ waist, 52″ hip and wears View B in a 22 G/H graded to a 24 at the hips.

Jenny measures 48″ bust, 40″ waist, 47″ hip and is wearing View A in a size 18 G/H.

There are two views of the Cedar Dolman Top. View A features a pretty knotted detail, while View B has a straight hem. Both views feature a scooped neckline and hem facing, which are topstitched down, and a center front seam. The dolman sleeves are incorporated into the pattern pieces, so no sleeve insertion is required. The dolman style has been adapted to work well for larger busts, but bear in mind that you’ll always have some folds at the underarm with dolmans–embrace the slouchy casual look!

When sewn in a knit, View A fulfills all your athleisurewear dreams. Jenny is wearing a Cedar in a double knit for ultimate comfort.

But pair a floaty silk or lawn with View B, and you’re ready for a night out! Molly is wearing a Cedar in tencel lawn, which is also available as a kit!

And here’s Jenny again, this time  wearing a woven rayon Cedar, paired with black Ames Jeans.

15% off Cedar Dolman Top Kits

To help you start filling your wardrobe with Cedars, we’ve got FOUR new kits available for pre-order. (Expected to ship mid-November). Purchase a Cedar kit this week and save 15% with code HELLOCEDAR. All kits contain enough fabric to sew any size of the Cedar Dolman Top, plus high quality fusible interfacing for the neckline and hem facings. We had a great time picking our fun prints for these kits, and we hope you’ll enjoy them too!

To get 15% off your Cedar Dolman Top kit, use the code HELLOCEDAR at checkout. Valid through November 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Up first, this bold faces print Cedar kit in cotton lawn.

How fun is that print?!

Our second kit is a large-scale floral print on a pale aqua background, also on cotton lawn.

Want to twin with cover model Molly? We’ve got a kit for that too! These dots on a royal blue background are printed on a tencel lawn, which is soft and airy like you wouldn’t believe.

And finally, our last kit is also a sophisticated take on polka dots, this time on an olive background on tencel lawn.

Shop all Cedar kits and save 15% using code HELLOCEDAR at checkout.

What You’re Saying About the Cedar Dolman Top:

For the last year, you’ve been sewing up Cedar Dolmans and sending us your feedback. Here’s what sewist Maggie had to say:

“The dolman pattern is just what I was looking for. It comes together quickly. The finishes are clean and professional. The finished top fits well, and I know I’ll wear it a lot. I made a 16 E/F out of a single yard of interlock (with the facings from a different fabric). I’m already planning a couple more for spring and a couple out of athletic fabric for working out year round.”

Sewist Fiona said this about the Cedar Dolman Top:

“Gorgeous and far too nice to hide in the gym! I have made the dolman top without the tie front and am thrilled with how nice it looks. The fabric is a remnant from Abakhan Fabrics, Mostyn, North Wales and was in a basket labelled ‘sportswear.’ It cost me roughly £3. My first plan was to make the pattern up in cheap fabric as a toile and so didn’t bother with interfacing, however, the result is such a lovely summer top that I’m wearing it now at work. What a wonderful surprise it is to make a pattern that not only fits beautifully without any alterations but is flattering too. I love the neck and hem facings which I stitched down with a twin needle as suggested. This pattern is far too nice to keep for the gym and it’s fairly quick to sew too.”

We love hearing from you! When you’ve had a chance to try the Cedar for yourself, drop us a note and let us know what you think.

A New View for the Spruce Tank

Previously paired with the Cedar Dolman Top, the workout tank top is now the Spruce Tank. We’ve updated this pattern with everyone’s favorite: sleeves! This sleek workout tank featuring princess seams and optional decorative straps now has a second view, with a high back and cap sleeves. Throw one on for the gym, then clean up in a Cedar Dolman Top and head to brunch.

The Spruce Tank is available as a PDF pattern only. If you purchased the pattern pair previously, you’ll automatically get the updated pattern.

Molly measures 49″ bust, 43″ waist, 52″ hip and wears View B in a size 22 G/H graded to a 24 in the hips.

Cashmerette Cedar Workout Top

Rachel measures 45.5″ bust, 36″ waist, 49″ hip  and wears View A in size 18 G/H.

Us curvy gals know that it can be hard to find a workout top that covers a sports bra, stays put in all brands of yoga poses, and looks stylish enough to get you excited about hitting the gym. That’s where the Spruce Tank comes in!

Both views offer V-neck or crew neck options and princess seams for a curve-friendly fit. View A features a scoop back, optional decorative straps, and an easy-to-sew fold-over elastic finish for the neck and armholes. View B has a high back and cap sleeves for a bit more arm coverage. Plus endless color-blocking possibilities for all!


The Cedar Workout Tank is designed for stretchy knits (at least 50% stretch) like lycra and spandex. Here’s Dawn modeling the sport crew neck:

And let’s take a closer look at the new high-back, cap sleeve view modeled by Molly:

And here’s Molly doing a tree pose. Perhaps we should call it a Spruce pose?

Get Our Activewear Collection, Plus a Free Yoga Back Pattern!

Want to show up to yoga class in a whole new me-made outfit? Get our activewear bundle which includes the Cedar Dolman Top, the Spruce Tank, and the Belmont Leggings & Yoga Pants, and we’ll throw in the Shawmut Yoga Bag for free.

Cashmerette Athleisure Collection
Cashmerette Shawmut Bag

Activewear Collection Sewalong

Ready to start sewing? Then check out our activewear collection sewalong where you can see step-by-step photos and learn how to sew the Cedar, Spruce, and Belmont. This sewalong is available to you for free anytime you need it, along with sewalongs for many of our other patterns!

Need some inspiration first? We’ve got you covered there too. Take your pick of activewear inspiration and athleisurewear inspiration. 

Reminder: Save 15% on Cedar Kits This Week Only

Whew, you made it this far down?! What a champ—thanks for sticking with us in all our excitement about the Cedar and Spruce. But now it’s time for you to start sewing! Grab your copy of the Cedar Dolman Top or Spruce Tank and say hello to a whole new easy breezy wardrobe. And don’t forget to use code HELLOCEDAR to save 15% on any of our Cedar fabric kits.

Let me know what you think!