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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Victory Patterns Lola Dress

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.

With sandals.

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.

With jeggings and clogs.

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?

Sources:
Interlock knit: Chez Ami.
Lola Dress from Victory Patterns

23 comments:

  1. I love it with the jeggings, very casual-chic! I had my eye on this pattern, but always feel I can't justify buying single patterns given all the Burda and Ottobre mags in my stash...

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  2. I think I like it best with the sandals. I bet you'll be throwing this on all the time!

    Also, I passed the Sunshine award on to you, but it's up to you whether you want to answer the questions or not! :)

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  3. I like it with sandals.

    I love that pattern. I may have to splurge and get it. And yes, dresses with pockets are the best.

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  4. oh my I like this! No I love this! I need one of these! Yes need. LOL

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  5. PS
    yes, I have regretted fabric self control several times! Go get the fabric! :O)

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  6. I like the sleeves! The length and the band/cuff, both! Very modern. How come husbands don't like pockets? I thought all male people liked pockets, judging from how the average no. of pockets on men's/boys' garments vs women's/girls'. Hm...

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  7. That is so nice, I like it best with sandals too but I also think it would be pretty fun with plimsolls.
    Fabric self control ... never!
    x

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  8. That is so nice, I like it best with sandals too but I also think it would be pretty fun with plimsolls.
    Fabric self control ... never!
    x

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  9. Uta - I know how you feel, I rarely buy single patterns for the same reason. Nor do really *need* to buy magazines anymore either!

    Becky - Thanks for the award!

    Liza Jane - Where do you put your hands otherwise?

    Texan - Hehe, so there's such a thing as too much self-control?

    LiEr - I really like the cuffs, too. I probably could have cinched in the bottom hem a little bit, though. As for pockets, I'd like to see the husband wear pants *without* pockets!

    Harmony & Rosie - Thanks! I have to admit, I had to google "plimsolls". New word of the day for me (:

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  10. It looks great as a tunic over slim trousers and as a dress with sandals. If it's comfortable as a well, then it really is a winner! I love this sky blue colour on you, it suits your blonde colouring.
    Oh, and, of course a dress has to have pockets!

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  11. Oh my gosh, I like ALL the stylings... but I think I like the sandals best of all. This is just so cute on you!

    Also, "bandwidth" made me giggle.

    Also also, boys. They are dumb about some things. Today I told The Husband that The Evil Monkeys would be terribly disappointed if they didn't get to go with me to my hairstylist appointment. He was baffled. He just didn't get it.

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  12. nice! i really like the deep hem band- it looks wonderful :)

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  13. This is very nice, and it looks both comfy and stylish. And a fab colour for you.
    I like it a lot with the black boots like in the first picture, but it looks lovely in each picture.

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  14. Looks wonderful,cosy and comfy!!

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  15. Looks great on you. Really, all the ways you styled it look great! As for walking away from fabric, yes, sometimes I have regrets, not usually about the fabric per se, but because I want to start a new project and don't have the right material. And yes, sometimes husbands have the silliest comments about clothes, don't they realize we NEED big pockets?

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  16. The dress turned out great! I may have to look for that pattern - love shapes like that for work. I just wanted to say also that I left you a Sunshine award at my blog that you can pick up at http://mamamademine.blogspot.com/2012/03/spreading-little-love.html

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  17. You're killing me...another pattern that I've never heard of to go check out! Looks great. I love the description of a cross between sweats and a ballgown...my kind of clothes! btw, get the fabric:)

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  18. That looks comfy! I like all the seaming--you could have a lot of colorblocking fun with that.

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  19. You look good in all these styles. I personally love the boots version but like I said, you looks great in each style. This is a flattering style.
    I've tried fabric self control and sometimes regret it. However, I do have a fabric cave at home, 'cause I hate to be sad about not buying fabric or being caught out without notions at 11pm at night. I'm addicted:)

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  20. This dress looks sooooooo comfortable. I love the pockets.

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  21. Sandals!

    And i LIKE pockets (because I am a terrible nail biter & I like to hide my hands....)

    sam

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  22. No styling suggestions but I really like your dress. That's on my list of patterns to buy when the year is up and I'm allowed.

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  23. Sweet! I'll have to shorten it and I've been a bit apprehensive given the number of pieces that need cutting out (for what is essentially a sweatshirt..) but I think I'll go ahead with it now XD

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