I stumbled upon Lola on a blog (cant remember where) and thought she looked snuggly and easy to wear. So I did a bit of research on pattern review, asked Twitter and got some feedback. Heather had muslined it and found it had a lot of ease (I noted that), Ginger had made hers in ponte. So off I went and downloaded the pattern pdf, traced and muslined the bodice with some jersey scraps.
I cut out size 8-10-12 (bust – waist- hips -you will find this is my usual grading for all patterns as I am a juicy pear!). When I had muslined I decided to add 2cm ( 3/4″ ) to the bodice length and 12cm (5″) to the skirt length. So I went ahead and cut the dress out of some navy morgan crepe jersey I got from Minerva last Autumn. I decided to forgo the side pockets as I thought they would draw too much attention to my thighs and to leave off the bottom cuff initially at least to see how I liked it without. When I was ready to attach the bodice to the skirt I basted it first and realised I needed to take it in along the vertical seams at the waist, so took 1cm (1/4″) out of the seams here on bodice and skirt and then stitched it up on my overlocker. Added the neckband and cuffs as normal then turned up 2 cm (3/4″) hem and stitched on my machine. After wearing this dress I decided I needed more. I was also curious about Ponte, I had only used this fabric once before for a Burda sweater type thing that just was all wrong. But I’d seen so many lovely garments on blogs made in ponte I had to try again.
I ordered 2m of Turquoise double knit from Calico Laine and cut out another Lola. It was a few weeks since I made the first one and I forgot to add on the extra length to the skirt, it ended up waaayy too short to wear even with leggings (for me) so I had just enough fabric left to add a 7 cm (3″) to the length. It turned out just fine, and I wore it loads.
I’ve gotten loads of compliments for this dress. I was out for a pre Xmas lunch with some of the girls from the school run – one who works in a top end boutique said she had just sold a similar dress to a customer for almost €300!!! Now, she said it was more fitted with more seams but mine didn’t even cost me €30. The RTW dress must have had jewels sewn into the hem!
So after wearing the first two dresses to death, last week I decided I needed another Lola. I had a look through my meagre stash and decided on some purple double knit also from Calico Laine. The only changes I made to this version were I remembered to add the 12 cm to the hemline and I extended the sleeves to full length.
On all three Lolas I omitted the triangle on the neckline, I thought it would be a bit fiddly.
For other cool Lolas check out Gillians dresses, I love her Jungle January Lola. A few others have popped up recently on blogland including Lauren, Rachel made hers back in June 2013. And if you google it theres loads more out there.
Time to move onto my next TNT pattern, Oh I wonder what that will be?? Could it be the Fehr Trade PB Jam Leggings?? I’ve just purchased some lycra and I am half way through construction so hope to have my first version finished possibly over the weekend!!
Stay Tuned, have a lovely weekend!