Pattern Review: B5529 + The Dolman sleeve jacket

I'm getting a head start on my Fall sewing.  I've seen this type of Dolman sleeve open jacket all over the place.  This is an older Butterick pattern that's still in print, yay!!.  I've seen this pattern in a ton of places in the spring and early fall catalogs, what does that tell you?  patterns come back around too!  I hate having multiple patterns that are similar unless I learn a new construction technique or it has a cool design feature.   So, when I went looking through my patterns for a open easy jacket, I realized I actually  purchased a similar pattern from Simplicity recently in addition to this one!   In my defense, I purchased the other pattern for the slip dress!  I tell you what, I'm ashamed to say how many patterns I have that look similar but are from different pattern companies, even worst, the same pattern with different pattern numbers from the same pattern company... Ohh well, on the review:

Pattern Description:
Loose fitting jackets with no closures, I constructed View B, above waist, dolman sleeves, pleated drape, sleeve bands

Pattern Sizing:
XS-XXL  I cut a size XL

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, straight forward project.  Next time, I will not do french seams unless I'm using a sheer fabric, I also wont be doing all of the and stitching.  I may use an alternative method of adding the band to avoid the hand stitching.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
All the different views, the open jacket is very trendy as well as the Dolman/Kimono sleeve. Dislike, uhhh, hand stitch... no ma'am, the next time I will not be doing all of this hand stitching!

Fabric Used: 

Green digital print Stretch poly from Fabric Mart.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I'm on a high low kick, I added three inches to the back at center back and curved to nothing at the side seam.  I sewed 1/4" seams to make sure it was loose enough since I cut a size smaller than my normal.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I plan to make one in a stretch velvet, crepe or a printed mid weight knit.  

I really like this and recommend it, It's an easy sew and it's a trendy pattern good for beginners.

I want to hear from you, do you have multiples of your patterns?  are you getting into Fall sewing?


  1. Just wanted to say I *love* your sense of style, Quana! Your pattern and fabric choices are excellent!

  2. Nice! Can I borrow just a little bit of your sewing motivation???

    1. I just got mine back! I will let you have some of it lol!

  3. Ooh, this will be so pretty in stretch velvet! This looks like a quick and easy jacket which is awesome. I love making jackets but I always have to inhale sharply when considering how much time it's going to take to cut out main, interfacing, lining, etc. etc. With unstructured jackets you still get your jacket fix but in a much quicker time frame! I love the roses on this one, and I like that it has a little bit more shaping to it than a kimono.

    1. Yes, now to find the right one and color. Thanks!

  4. What a very pretty jacket! And I agree with Elizabeth, making jackets normally are a true commitment, LOL! But something like this gives you the best of both worlds… A beautiful jacket in a short amount of time! Great job!

  5. I love this jacket! Thanks for sharing--I think I "need" this pattern ;-)

  6. Hi, I just wanted to say that I loved your jacket. I made a jacket using this pattern but I followed view C ( ). Mine was a formal style. I do like seeing how you can get so many different styles and interpretations from just one pattern.

    Emily from See It, Design It, Make It


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