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I recently had the pleasure of pattern testing the Love Notions most recently released pattern. And this was the Vivace dolman pattern. All I can say is that I love it and I am sure all who have made it love it too.

Love Notions Vivace dolman sewing pattern

Vivace Dolman Pattern

The Vivace pronounced as ‘vee-VAH-chay’ dolman pattern is a classic style with a unique v-neck feature with off-set pleat. It is designed to be made with both knit and woven fabrics. It is loose-fitting which makes it flattering and easy wearing. And of course, it offers you a few three length options. It can be made as a shirt, a tunic or a knee-length dress. This pattern is a quick and easy sew with only five pattern pieces.

Love Notions Vivace dolman sewing pattern

Key Features

  • Sizing from XS-5X
  • Knit and woven versions
  • Full Bust pattern pieces if needed
  • Dolman style sleeve
  • Three lengths- shirt, tunic & dress
  • Trimless pattern format


The Vivace dolman pattern is recommended for knits and woven fabrics with a fairy amount of drape. If this is ignored, you could easily end up with a boxy shaped top instead.

  • Light to medium weight knits with at least 40% 4-way stretch such as Rayon jersey (Viscose jersey), ITY knits and Modal jersey.
  • Light to medium woven fabrics with a good drape are recommended such as Rayon / Viscose, Crepe, Tencel.
Love Notions Vivace dolman sewing pattern

I made the top version in the gorgeous viscose crepe fabric I purchased from my local fabric shop. The top hangs perfectly in this particular fabric because it is drapey.

The Making

This pattern is such an easy make and I would recommend it to a beginner. However, the only challenge a complete beginner would face would be working with less stable fabrics.

Love Notions Vivace dolman sewing pattern

The pattern comes with no closures whatsoever which makes it an easy and fast make. And the V-neck and the front pleat feature are both easy to sew thanks to the video link in the instructions.

More Love Notions patterns I have made already.

Finished Garment

All I can say is that I love this pattern and not to mention the options it offers. I hope to make the dress version in a drapey medium weight woven fabric soon. And a few knit tops are in the plan too. I hope to come back to you with more Vivaces soon. Keep well :).

Love Notions Vivace dolman sewing pattern

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