Victory Pattern -- Lola Dress
I shortened my Lola pattern by 4 inches at the shorten/lengthen lines. I compared the pattern to a dress I had previously made and wanted the same length for this dress. I should have gone with 3 inches instead of 4, because I missed the length I was aiming for. I used sweatshirt fleece, but I didn't pay attention to the stretch percentage. Let me just say 10% is probably not enough for this dress. Well, in a larger size maybe. Based on my measurements, I am definitely a size 2. I think it would get out of hand tracing patterns in different sizes based on stretch factor, even though I have thought about it!
I realized my error in stretch when I tried it on. I had everything sewn except for the ribbing. What made matters worse is when I sewed the bottom to the top, I had the front bottom sewn to the BACK top. I even basted it together first and still didn't realize it! Sadly, I put it on and then realized oh my gosh....I can't get it off! I was home alone too. Doesn't help that I'm only 2 weeks out from my surgery. I thought I might have to cut my way out of it, but thankfully I was able to get it off. Patience was wearing thin the hotter I got in this sweatshirt fleece too. I knew I had to get it off one way or another because my husband and children weren't going to be home till much later in the day.
Now that it is sewn on correctly, it is still a little snug to pull on, but not while I am wearing it, so I am happy. I do like it. Of course I would like to make it again in a better stretch fabric.
The pockets are so nice and big!
This is a great pattern! It does take some time to tape it together, but everything matched up well. I did put a new blade in my serger before sewing this together. I knew with the bulk and layers of this dress, it would need to be sharp.
The little triangle piece is the reverse of the fabric. It probably would have looked better if I had kept it right side up since it kind of stands out and almost looks like an opening in the neckline with everything else being so much darker. Oh well...wearable muslin!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley