With tights and boots.
What's a cross between a sweatsuit and a ball gown? I think the answer is the Lola Dress from Victory Patterns. I'm more likely to be seen in a sweatshirt than a gown, so a sweatshirt dress is right up my alley.
The basic shape is a princess-seamed raglan-sleeved shift, but the piecing (and the pockets of course!) add all the interest. That said, if you left off the pockets and piecing, you'd have a nice knit dress with princess seams. It was my husband's thought that it would look good without the pockets. Apparently, he doesn't understand the appeal of pockets in a dress.
I made no alterations except for square shoulders. I tried, but couldn't get away without that adjustment. I should have known better and done sleeve muslins from the outset. But it worked out after a few tries and a lot of seam ripping. I'll do a tutorial for square shoulder alteration in a raglan sleeve in a future post.
If I remember right, the pattern says it's drafted for heights 5'6"-5'9". I'm 5'5" (well, almost) and with the original hem band I had, I found it a little short for my sitting-bending-kneeling preferences, especially since the band made the dress narrower at the bottom. I removed the band, made it wider and deeper. The hem's not as proportional now, of course, but it's a decent save, I think.
I used a sturdy interlock instead of the sweatshirt fleece called for and the hems are self-fabric. I didn't try very hard to find matching ribbing! Using self-fabric means you can pick any fabric you want. You just have to adjust the bandwidth (new use of that word!?) according to the stretchiness of the fabric.
Verdict? I love it; it's super comfortable, and the other day I almost bought some fabric for another version, but resisted. Maybe I'll go back and buy it (: Do you ever regret fabric-self-control?
Which styling do you like best? Any other suggestions?
Interlock knit: Chez Ami.
Lola Dress from Victory Patterns