I've finally sewn up Lola from Victory Patterns. She's been on my radar since the day it was released but I was nervous that it wouldn't be flattering on my figure. Let me tell you, it's stinkin' comfortable and I think it works really nicely on me. There are all sorts of things to like about this pattern. First off, it's drafted ever so perfectly. There are numerous notches along the pattern pieces to help folks with easing each piece together as you sew. The directions are solid, too. They are detailed and give loads of information most patterns for knits do not share. One major issue I have is the fabric recommendation: it explains you need material with "a slight stretch"-- this can mean a myriad of things... 5% stretch?? 30%?? -- I really think patterns need to be specific of what percentage of stretch is required, not just a vague hint. Stretch can affect your garment dramatically. So does recovery-- essentially meaning 'does my garment stretch out during wear and become baggy? Or does it pop back into place without getting all stretched out by noon?' I happen to choose a material with poor recovery (I purchased it thinking there was spandex in it, there's not!!) I used a medium weight, very soft cotton/poly blend knit. One little thing I'm surprised with is that the directions only talk about using a serger (with exception to attaching that neck triangle with a regular machine.) I have a serger and used it, this pattern is ideal for it. But if you do not have a serger you can easily sew this all up with a regular sewing machine's zig zag stitch. With such in depth instructions I was just surprised is all.
For my Lola, I cut a 10 on top, graded to a 12 at the waist and then a 14 1/2 for the bum. I should have stuck with a 10 at the waist and a true 14 for the bum as I had to take it in.
Those pockets are pretty huge. You can fit a mass quantity of things in there. They buckle out a bit more then I like, if I were to sew this again (highly likely) I would reduce the width of the pocket fabric by about an inch (2.5 cm) to keep them closer to the body.
I had to make a swayback adjustment, there still is a significant space between the waist fabric and my actual waist, but it lays nicely for a casual knit sweatshirt dress. For my adjustment I came in about a 1/2" (1.25 cm) on each vertical seam on the back, starting below the shoulder blades and ending at the top of the pockets. I then took in the back waist seam about 3/4" (1.9 cm), starting and ending either side. This all happened after completely sewing the dress, however I'll make adjustments to my pattern pieces for the future.
I love the princess seaming. It makes a super casual, everyday piece like this a little more special. Also, it made it easier to do my alterations. I admit I didn't do the best job on that triangle bit on the neckline, don't zoom in on that, thanks.
This pockets! They pull down so much causing lots of wrinkling! I think that my be a style preference... less draping on the pockets for me. But seriously, people, this dress is so comfy and easy to move around in. Look at me casually and easily scratch at my ankle with great ease while wearing my new Lola.