We SHE’s are so excited to do a Lola off this week! Yesterday you saw Viever’s, tomorrow you get to see another Lola from a different SHE. and Today, well today you lucky cats you get to see mine!
I will be honest, I LOVE the finished garment here, but the cutting… oh vie! Soooo many pieces! OK… only like 13…. so not all THAT many, I just hate cutting knit fabric. The dress goes together faster than it cuts though! Seriously less than 2 hours, even with all the pieces and princess seams! I used my serger all the way for sewing this up and honestly I wouldn’t want to do it without a serger. I also made another Lola in sweatshirt fleece and that one is not nearly as flattering. So do yourself a favor and pick a fabric with a little more flow to it but not tooo thin for a flattering fit.
I am 5 and a half feet tall and did not adjust the pieces at all when I cut them. I did, however, lengthen the sleeves! I just didn’t get the point of a sweater dress with 3/4 sleeves! If I am wearing a sweater dress it is because it is cold, which means I NEEED long sleeves. Adjusting sleeve length is super easy though – I just measured sleeves that were full length and added a little extra when I cut for “better safe than sorry”.
I measured in between a 4 and a 6. and I decided to do a size 4. I’m happy with my choice of size cut, it is fitted but not skin tight. I used a french terry knit fabric. The french knit only came in solid colors however…. and well… a light grey gets dull pretty quick and so I got out the fabric paint and polka dotted the pocket pieces and every so often I put a little fabric paint carefully on the party lion stamp because a girl has to have some fun every now and then!
Thanks for reading ! and be sure to come back on the 6th and vote your favourite Lola of the week!
It’s been awhile since my last post. The last time I put together a post it was my stuffed pork chop recipe which looks like it went uncontested in the pork off/stuff off so I guess I WIN! LOL. My fellow SHEs have gotten bogged down by obligations to family and this little thing called having a life. So we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from our blog but we hope to change that starting now.
With a throw down of sorts: A who wore it best? We give you Victory Pattern’s Lola. Myself and two of my wonderful partners in crime have sewn up and worn this pattern. We each will give our own review for the pattern and then on Friday, March 7th we will open it up for you to vote which “she” wore it best. Announcing a winner on Monday, March 10th. What do we win? Bragging rights, my friend, bragging rights.
And so I give you my version of Lola sans pockets, taken in at the back seams about an inch, and fantastically comfy.
This pattern came together very quickly for me. It was my very first for me knit piece and gave me some very good and needed practice with my serger. I’m not confident enough quite yet to just go at it with my serger before sewing my seams with my trusty sewing machine, (baby steps, I’ll get there one day) but even with having to sew everything “twice” I finished this project in one evening. What you can’t see in the photos is that I used all purple serging thread. So the triangle decal and all the inner seams have a fun pop of purple!
By the measurement guide for this dress I was between a six and an eight. I did the six knowing that the knit would be forgiving and from advice from others who had made the dress. I still took it in along the back seams as the dress was way baggy along my back. So my version is a bit more fitted than originally intended but I like it.
I’m a shorty sitting at 5 feet 2.75inches. I brought the skirt panels up to hit mid-thigh and adjust the bodice as well for my short frame.
All in all this is a super comfy dress. Typically I pair it with leggings, boots, and if the kids will let me a wonderful cup a tea (or coffee).