Debbie dolman sleeve tee – free pdf sewing pattern

Debbie dolman sleeve tee

The Debbie dolman sleeve tee was inspired by a design that I came across on Pinterest – my favorite place to look for inspiration. It is a perfect project to finish off the small pieces of fabric left in your stash. You can make good use of your creativity in choosing a combination of colors and prints and make an interesting piece of garment using this pattern.

The Debbie tee features V neckline, comfortable roomy fit and curved hem. It will be great mixing with jeans and shorts and skirt for a comfortable summer outfit.

My pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.

The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.

You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!

Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.


You will need

  • Fabric of your choice. This pattern is made for both woven and knit fabric. It is an oversize design so you can choose to size down for a smaller fit.
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:

You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.

Fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Upper Front: cut 2
  • Middle Front: cut 2
  • Lower Front: cut 2
  • Upper Back: cut 2
  • Middle Back: cut 2
  • Lower Back: cut 2
  • Neckline Binding: cut 1 (on bias if using woven fabric, on cross grain if using stretch knit)

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.

2. Pick a piece of Upper Front and a piece of Middle Front of corresponding side, place two pieces right side facing pin and sew to join. Continue to sew the Lower Front piece to the joined piece.

3. Sew the other side of the Front and the Back of the garment. You get 2 half front and 2 half back pieces.

4. Place two half front pieces right side facing, match the seams, pin and sew the center front seam. You get the finished Front piece.

5. Repeat step 4 with two half back pieces.

6. Place Front and Back right side facing. Match the seams, pin and sew the shoulder and side seams.

7. Use Neckline Binding to finish the neckline. You can see a video guide on how to attach bias binding to V shaped neckline.

8. Hem the garment.

This is a really simple design and very quick sew. You can finish it in just a few hours.

And here is the download link:


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Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns


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