I ordered the fabric I used for this from Fabric Mart and I just love it. So pretty!
In case you've never sewn a Lola, here is what the website says about the pattern:
Lola is a spin off of the classic crew neck sweater. This comfortable slip on dress features raglan sleeves, ribbed hem bands, front neckline “V” detail, and over-sized wrap around pockets . The curved seams give a relaxed, feminine fit. This project is ideal for a serger and is easy to wear when you want to be cozy in style!
Pattern includes a size range from 2-16. This pattern is printable on letter and international A4 paper. Lengthening/shortening instructions and fabric cutting diagrams are included along with a list of everything you'll need to make this garment.
I made a size 12 but with this pattern, I seem to need to take it in more, basically everywhere!
With this fabric I didn't want it tight but not loose either. It is really important (at least i think) that this dress fits everywhere, but especially the bust.
And I simply love everything about it: style, fit, funkiness, all of it!
I did two things differently and I must say that I am happy with the result. Firstly, I shortened the length of the pockets so they end about 2 inches below the bottom of the dress. For my first go, I had to as I was slightly short of fabric but this time I did this modification on purpose and I still love it! The little triangular patch on the front is optional, and since this fabric is dressier, I left that off as well.
I also lengthened the sleeves by six inches so they were more bracelet length than elbow and I like this as well!
In case you are wondering, the directions are so easy to follow, are very thorough, make sense and it's no wonder to me that this has been a much sewn (which equals loved) pattern. And why not? It has style, is easy to sew, gives amazing results and looks great on everyone! You can make it ultra casual with sweatshirt fabric or dressier using just about any appropriate stretch fabric. I happen to think my version is on the dressier side based on my fabric. i haven't made a super casual one yet but plan to!
I simply love this dress. I can't wait to wear it! It sews up quickly, is fun, and I received so many compliments on the first one, I had to make another! I hope you'll try this pattern and love it as much as I do!
Thanks for reading!