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Way back when Miranda and I were just brainstorming this whole series and thinking of patterns that we’d love to review, the Lola by Victory Patterns was on the top of my list. It is such has interesting lines and tailoring, especially considering it’s a knit pattern–I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!
The Lola knit sweater dress (or just sweater like mine!) is a digital pattern, so you print, tile, tape, trace, and then cut. (You don’t have to trace it, I just like to so I can make it again in another size if I want, and it’s so much easier to fold and store thin patterns). This was the longest part (by far!) of the whole process, but when you’re dealing with digital patterns, it’s just the nature of the beast.
The dress (or sweater) assembly was very clear, and it came together pretty fast. The pdf includes detailed photo diagrams that make it so easy to follow and read more like an online tutorial. It’s labeled intermediate which I agree with, but I also think many of you beginners with a little experience would do fine. I did make a mistake that resulted in some tricky altering, but it didn’t have anything to do with the pattern or instructions. I chose a size based on my bust, but really should have gone with the one that corresponded with my
big fat bum. The result was a nicely looser-fitting bodice and a slightly too snug skirt, which wasn’t super flattering. I think this is an important note for girl’s with pear shaped figures like me. I wish I would have gone one size up, but I gotta say, I felt it was a fortunate mistake because I really do like how it ended up. I decided to move the pockets up, and made it into a long sweater rather than a dress. It was actually an alteration I considered doing from the beginning, so I wasn’t too disappointed. I ended up taking it in all over just a bit and it ended up more fitted; I love those princess seams!
Victory Patterns has such a defined branding and aesthetic, which I think is fabulous. Their whole look is so smart and feminine (I also love the art-deco-looking type face they use!) The Lola is a fantastic design, and I think it will really be a great addition to my wardrobe–my husband loves this sweater on me! He has actually requested that I put it on, which rarely happens (ever…?!)
Fabric: a dusty lilac french terry from my local Cotton Shop that I got in their clearance bin for $3/yd.
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