Oh Canada! I’m a stop on the Canadian Pattern Blog Tour today, a fun event organized by Ula over at Lulu & Celeste to showcase Canadian designers. There is a sew along component as well as two separate prize opportunities, so click over to learn more about all that! I have a list of other bloggers as well as a coupon & giveaway at the end of the post, so keep scrolling.
I’ve been itching to try the Lola pattern since I first saw it last year, so I jumped at the chance! I’d never sewn princess seams but I love how they look, and I’m all about anything comfy. Even more so if it has pockets. BIG pockets!
I received my pattern for free, but opinions are my own and all that!
Lola is a dress designed for sweatshirt fleece, with princess seams and gigantic pockets. It has seen lots of love in the blogosphere, if you Google you can see it in all kinds of colors and combinations! It covers sizes 2-16 (Bust 33-44.5) and is a much quicker sew than you might guess.
I sewed up the size 10, and measured 38″/28″/37″ at the time I decided on my size. I’m 5’2 and chopped about 3″ off the bottom of the dress (both the top and bottom have shorten/lengthen lines on the pattern), and 2″ off each sleeve. I think the silhouette is pretty flattering in a non-clingy fabric like this, I’m not self conscious about sucking in my stomach (you can read more about the damage my 2 kids did to it in this post!).
I used this sweatshirt fleece from Fabric.com and while I like the color and weight, I wish it had a little bit of stretch to it. The magenta ribbing is my favorite, I added a touch of it above the pockets to break up all the grey.
This dress is SO COMFY. I cannot stress that enough. The seaming all sewed up way easier than I anticipated, and I love not having anything to hem. There’s a reason there are lots of Lolas out there!
Wow, do princess seams ever highlight my scoliosis/back asymmetry!
If you’re anxious to get shopping, you can use the coupon code CANADATOUR which is good for 15% off on their website (http://
But wait, there’s more! Want to win a Victory pattern of your own? Enter below, before June 20th at 12 AM EST!
Don’t forget, if you’ve sewn anything by these designers since April 15th, link it up for a chance to win prizes!!
June 1 – 3 Gracious Threads – Interview
June 4 – 6 Jalie – Interview
June 8 – 10 Thread Theory – Interview
June 11 – 13 Audrey & Tiffany – Interview
June 15 – 17 E+M Patterns – Interview
June 17 – 19 Victory Patterns – Interview
June 18 – 20 FABulous Home Sewn – Interview
June 22 – 24 Filles a Maman – Interview
June 24 – 26 Closet Case Files – Interview
June 25 – 27 Elegance & Elephants – Interview