We all know that the easiest and most fun sleeves to sew are dolman and kimono sleeves (essentially, they're not really a sleeve at all!). The unique dolman sleeves of Simplicity 2305 by Cynthia Rowley may be my most favorite sleeves ever on what is sure to be a new staple of my winter wardrobe.
The sleeves are roomy through the shoulder, but taper and gather around a wide, tight cuff. What is otherwise a cute, relatively standard dress becomes a one-of-a-kind piece because of the style of the sleeve.
As with most Cynthia Rowley patterns, the instructions are clear, but unique design details and construction methods are meant for intermediate level seamstresses. I made a size 10 through the shoulders and graded to a 14 at the waist for a perfect fit. The sleeve cuffs, however, had a very wide arm opening so I took drastically wide seam allowances there. I also cut two inches off the skirt length so the finished dress would fall above my knees.