Last year, I started seeing several of the popular sewing bloggers post about the Lola Dress by Victory Patterns. It is described as a comfortable slip on dress with raglan sleeves, ribbed hem bands, a front neckline “V” detail and oversized wrap around pockets. The curved seams give a relaxed feminine fit. The recommended fabrics are French terry knit, fleece knit, medium weight fabric with a slight stretch.
At first I thought, meh, but the more blog post I saw, the more the dress grew on me. It is safe to say, I am not an early adopter (heck, I am still smarter than my phone).
As I began to warm to this pattern I saw this post by Lori. Her dress looked so comfy and warm. I headed right on over to Victory Pattern’s website and ordered the pattern. I went for the paper pattern, and I am glad I did. There are lots of pieces to this little number. I would have been pretty grouchy by the time I printed out the pdf pattern and taped it all together.
So here it is. I used a piece of teal blue cobble cloth that has been in my stash for 10 years. Bam, that makes the dress nearly free!
I made a size 10, and even though I see a few fitting issues in the photos, I am still really happy with the results.
It is very comfy and easy to wear. Since my fabric was somewhat heavy, I opted not to add the pockets. I was afraid that it would make the overall look droopy. I also did not add the “V” as the cobble cloth was a bit too ravely.
It is a pretty quick sew, even though there are lots of pieces and seams. I made it in an afternoon, and it was very fun to sew. The directions are easy to follow; however the technical drawings change the right side and wrong side shading a few times. The written directions are correct though, so if you make it up, default to the written directions if you get confused by the illustration. I used my sewing machine for the seams and serged the seam allowances. I will be making up at least one or two more. I wore it last night when friends came over to play pinochle, and then again today to finish up some Christmas shopping in town. I think it would make a great cover-up for getting to the car from the pool or gym. I am also thinking that it might work up nice in a running dress made out of tech fabric. As it is, I will be wearing this a lot. So comfortable and cozy. A nice change from sweat pants.