Monday, 12 August 2013

Sweet Lola

Lola, la-la-la-la-la-la Lola - come you you can't help but sing along!  Don't tell me you don't know that song?!
Okay, okay I've finished singing now.  Let me talk about the Lola dress by Victory Patterns.  The dress is described as a comfortable slip on dress with raglan sleeves, ribbed hem bands, front neckline “V” detail, and oversized wrap around pockets.

I prefer to have a more fitted look so considered carefully the sizing.   I went with a size 4 for the top and a size 6 for the skirt.  I must say the sizing chart was spot on!  I like how the size of the finished garment is shown directly under the body measurement chart.
I really like the fit of the bust area, but I feel like the shoulder/sleeves could do with a bit more ease.


I was thinking about this on my drive home from work and had a bit of an epiphany!  SBA (small bust adjustment)!!  I still need to have the room for my shoulders, which I'll say are normal (haha, as if there is such a word).  If the shoulders fit, the bust is swimming - if the bust fits the shoulders are always too small, which is all good if the garment is sleeveless.  Now to Google SBA and get my method sussed.

Back to my Lola!  I don't often visit Spotlight, other then to buy haberdashery when I'm on that side of town.  I got side-tracked on my last visit and found some double knit jersey for just $10 p/m - it's more like a ponti than a sweat-shirting.  The weight of the fabric is perfect for the Lola the blue was irresistible, but the ribbing choice was a different story.  In the end I decided that I could use the same fabric for the bands a the dress.   I am really happy with how that turned out.


My favourite feature about this dress is the wrap-around pockets.  This is because there is no side seam to faf around with, 'cause next to my SBA I always have to faf with the hip shape.

This Lola is dressy enough that I can wear it to work - I omitted the neck "V" so it doesn't have that casual look.  I definitely plan on making another one that is more casual, a looser fit that can be worn over jeans - that one can have the wee neck "V" included.

Everyone needs a Lola for sure!

20 comments:

  1. This is fantastic, i love the colour and the fit looks great. I might have to look at this dress and add it to my to-do list

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    1. Thanks. Definitely add this one to your to-do-list.

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  2. I like it in this more fitted version. Makes me more anxious to make this for my daughter. It isn't cool enough here for sweatshirt or double knit yet. I'll have to put this on the list for October, when it cools down to the 80s (26C or so).

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    1. I think this dress would also be good made in a heavy t-shirt fabric for the warmer weather. So jealous of your heat, gosh we might only get to 26C here in the height of summer!

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  3. This is FANTASTIC! Love it - Looks so comfy, I want to make one too :)

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    1. Thanks - let me know if you want to borrow the pattern. You need one :)

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  4. A lovely elegant dress but looks really wearable as well.

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    1. Thanks, it is such a versatile dress.

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  5. Cute! Love those pockets. :-)

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    1. Thanks. I think the pockets are awesome while still being slimming.

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  6. Oooo I love this. And it is so cold out so perfect.

    Lovely colour too :) I even have some black wool blend ponti that'd work well probably? Hmmmm

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    1. Oh yes a wool blend ponti - how warm would that be!

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    2. You enabler you! I just bought the pattern.

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    3. Oh yeah!! I'm looking forward to seeing your Lola :-)

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  7. Cute dress! I looks perfect for my life style! Love the pockets.

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  8. Thanks Cissie. I'm sure you will love it.

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  9. Hi! I just happened to come over your blog. You make so many nice things! This dress looks super confirtable!
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    (Stitches & Pearls) Tone

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    1. Thanks for adding me to your reading list. Your Hawthorn blouse is so pretty - that pattern is definitely on my must have list!

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