Ladies La Bella Donna Top & Tunic

(32 customer reviews)

$12.00 $7.20

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“The beautiful woman”, that’s what you’ll feel like when wearing this figure flattering and quick sew top. Choose from shirt or tunic length, short, 3/4 or long sleeve, cowl or hoodie. Also included is an optional hem band for the shirt view. This is the perfect transitional piece for your me-made wardrobe. Made with knit fabrics, this gorgeous top is quick and easy to sew and wear!

La Bella Donna Features:

  • Meant for knit fabrics
  • Shirt length with shirt tail hem
  • Shirt length with banded hem
  • Tunic length with pocket option
  • Full bust option for both views
  • 3 sleeve options: short, 3/4 & long cuffed
  • Hood & cowl options

Sizes: XS-5X (See Size Charts here)

Skill Level: Beginner

Pattern Formats Included:

  • Print at home for US letter & A4 paper, trimless format with layers
  • Large format file for copy shop printing. This file will print on two A0 (33″ x 46″) size sheets. Be sure to instruct your printer to print actual size in black and white on their cheapest paper. We recommend PDFPlotting for printing the large format files.
  • A projector file is also included for those using projector technology

Be sure to check out the coordinating girls LBD. Purchase both versions and get 10% off, no coupon needed.

Read more about this pattern on our blog:

basic long-sleeve LBD



The La Bella Donna pdf instant downloadable pattern contains:

  • The La Bella Donna pdf sewing pattern contains 2 styles: tunic & shirt, as well as optional cowl, hood, hem band and pockets.
  • 2 pages of inspiration photos from pattern testers
  • Cutting guide
  • Clear step by step color illustrations.
  • Included is a print chart to only print the pages you need for your style choice.
  • In addition to the print-at-home file, an A0-sized large format file for copy shop printing is also included
  • A projector file is included for those using projector technology
  • Optimized for most tablets with links to each part of the pattern. Print only the pattern pieces and use a tablet or computer to read the instructions to save on ink and paper!
  • This pattern has the ability to print just desired size(s) and in addition, features trimless pattern assembly! Open the PDF in Adobe, select the layer thumbnail on the left-hand menu and then select the size(s) to print. See this tutorial for more information.
  • Designed for both letter and A4 paper printing.
  • Because we value work at home business, feel free to use this pattern in your home sewing businesses.

Size Chart & Fabric Requirements


Line Drawing




Files updated 7/23/2020 to update all sizes to current Love Notions sizing which now also includes 4X & 5X.

32 reviews for Ladies La Bella Donna Top & Tunic

  1. Keri

    I wish I could put into words how much I love this pattern. Because there are so many options, I have made multiples to carry me thru summer/fall and into winter. Cowl neck, hood, crew neck, pockets (!!), band or curved hem, short or long sleeves. All in one. I have made 8 so far and have changed up my fabric choices as well. I have used a rayon blend (my fav), cotton jersey, hacci sweater and french terry. I love that I can go from dressy to casual just by fabric choice. Tami knocked this one out of the park for sure!

  2. linestrada (verified owner)

    When this pattern was first released I thought I already have 3 other dolman patterns why do I need another but after seeing all the options available and its a slim fit dolman unlike the other ones I have. Anyway after making like 3 of these I’m in love. Such an easy sew ! Thanks for another fantastic pattern.

  3. Joyce (verified owner)

    I just found your site and love your patterns! Bought 1 and now I want several more!

    Thank you for creating these beautiful patterns!

    Joyce Casey

  4. nitelily3 (verified owner)

    This is a very typical love notions pattern – full of options and a beautiful fit! You really cannot ask for more!

  5. Sue (verified owner)

    Just Love these patterns ! They really do work ! I don’t suppose you would think of changing the name ? on my bank statement it looks like I am buying sex toys LOL

  6. Alison (verified owner)

    Absolutely my favorite dolman style pattern. The options included are awesome also!!! Top notch designer!!

  7. Teri (verified owner)

    I’m very happy with this pattern. Very flattering. I even made one for my mom after she saw mine. Would definitely recommend.

  8. Stephanie (verified owner)

    This is a quick sew that is very flattering. Love this pattern!

  9. alison (verified owner)

    Love this top, I’ve already made several. I like how it is slim fit, so it hugs the curves a bit. So easy to sew and I like the way the sleeves are done. Great instructions as always!

  10. Sarah (verified owner)

    For as simple as this top is, it manages to fit in a very flattering way. I prefer to scoop the neckline a bit deeper, but other than that I find this pattern to be perfect as is.

  11. Alisha (verified owner)

    I love, love, love this top in the tunic length. It’s simple to sew and super comfortable and flattering. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

  12. Victoria (verified owner)

    This is a really simple top that goes a long way in my wardrobe! I love that it is easy to sew, easy to follow and very flattering.

  13. Anne (verified owner)

    I haven’t sewn this pattern yet, but it’s on my list!

  14. Rachel Hood (verified owner)

    I LOVE THIS TOP!!! I made it with cowl neck and used the tunic length for the back and shirt length in the front which created a super cute and comfy high-low effect. (I’m a shorty so a full tunic doesn’t look great on me but I needed to cover my backside) I also added the inseam pockets but after doing so, I won’t use DBP for them on my next version. There’s so much stretch that when you put anything in the pocket they drop below the shirt hem. Maybe adding a stabilizer to them? I’ll figure it out though because did I mention how much I love this pattern??? So so comfy!!! The sizing is accurate and the directions are easy to follow and the result looks like a retail product!

  15. Nicole (verified owner)

    Love this for a nice, casual mini or even dressed up. So many options that it’s worth it for those alone!

  16. Tammy (verified owner)

    Cute tunic! I LOVE the pockets in the tunic. I’ve made one, and its cute, but looks (on me) more like pajamas. I think its the fabric I chose, and want to try again. I love the sleeve cuffs as I think they’d be cute to make w/contrasting colors. 😀 As always I love the layered pattern, as well as the trimless feature! 😀 😀

  17. Trista

    I bought this for myself and my oldest. Neither of us like clothes that are real form fitting. The LBD tops are both of our favs. So comfy and cute. The instructions are well written and easy to follow.

  18. Chelsey (verified owner)

    I love this pattern! Made it in a slinky ribbed sweater knit, and it’s one of my favorite tops. The neckline is so flattering and gorgeous on everyone. And there’s so many view options you can make it over and over again! Also a very quick sew.

  19. Laura (verified owner)

    I adore this pattern! I have made it at least 8 times and I’m getting ready to make one in a sweater knit. It is a snap to make!

  20. Glenda (verified owner)

    This is my favorite dolman top pattern. I’ve made 6 so far and each one is different. Sizing and instructions are spot on. I like how this top can be made out of very little fabric.

  21. Tammy (verified owner)

    I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed this before, but wanted to update: This pattern is awesome! I have made so many and have lost count!!! This is my go-to top for a quick sew. I have transferred my pattern (with my scooped neck and shortened torso modification) onto poster board and I love it. I also love that I can squeeze out my size on one yard of fabric!!!

  22. SequoiaLynn Sews

    This pattern is fantastic! So thankful it is now in my size range. I love the options included, but most of all…perfect fit! WTG Love Notions!

  23. Mary (verified owner)

    As an XS person with wider shoulders I was reluctant to try this pattern expecting the loose fit might overwhelm my smaller body. But, it’s perfect. Raglan tops, if they fit it the shoulders are too big in the bust. The fit on this dolman style avoids that problem. And the interesting sleeve design adds to the fun.

    • Keira Wood (verified owner)

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment! So glad it worked well for you! Happy Sewing! ~K

  24. Hannah Carriere (verified owner)

    This was very first Love Notions pattern purchase and certainly got me hooked! The clear instructions and endless possibilities are a fabulous combination. I’ve since made several and each time I’m thrilled.

  25. Susan (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this pattern! So far, I have made the short sleeve t-shirt length, and the short sleeve tunic. I can’t believe how fast and easy it was, like less than an hour to cut out and make. The directions are very clear and simple to follow. I like how many variations there are so I can keep making more and every one looks different. The fit is very nice with a flattering cut. I will be making more, for sure.

  26. Ronna Plank (verified owner)

    What’s not to love about this dolman? It’s so easy to sew and so many options to choose. I can make a new shirt in an hour and be out the door looking stylish in no time. I love the banded option so I don’t even have to stress about hemming it!

  27. Lizel Schwartz (verified owner)

    This is probably one of love notions Signature patterns. It’s just an awesome design. I made quite a few of these, and they are so comfortable. I made a few versions. Tops and dresses. Very well-designed pattern and a must-have!! Well done on the design of this one.

  28. Pat Semeraro

    The La Bella Donna top is one of my favorite LN patterns. I have made it for both summer and winter wear. I was excited to find out that I could make the cap sleeve version with just 1 yard of fabric!

  29. lindaclbc (verified owner)

    I’m going to give this 5 stars in advance because I think I will love it too. In purchased it yesterday because of the sleeve options and have some of my knits in my stash planned for It

  30. chrisptoft (verified owner)

    I love this pattern, it is so flattering to wear. It seems very “dressy” but is so simple and quick to sew up! The instructions are very clear, and as always I love that there is a full bust pattern piece which saves a lot of work. I will definitely be making more of these as soon as I get more fabric 🙂

  31. Hayley Lown (verified owner)

    I really like the versatility of this top!

  32. Alyssa Shramek (verified owner)

    I already had another dolman pattern, but I just enjoy Love Notions’ draft so much, I had to get this one, and I do not regret it! I also enjoy that dolmans are quick sews

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