|Just as comfy as sweats but soooo much cuter|
It only seemed appropriate that the moment I decide to make a Lola – a cozy sweatshirt style dress from Victory Patterns – that all the local sweatshirt fleece runs and hides. Now that it’s complete, the sweatshirt fleece has come back out to play. That’s ok, I wasn’t sure I wanted to use it anyways.
|Perfect fall dress|
This purple knit was labeled ponte, but it’s pretty different than the pontes I’m used to. Regardless I loved the color so some yardage found its way home with me. It has more stretch than ponte and is a bit “ribbier.” It’s nice and thick without being too heavy but sadly lacks a cozy, fleecy interior.
|Princess seams to keep it interesting|
This is my first time using Victory Patterns and right off the bat I noticed they’re drafted for tall people. Despite the above knee length I knew I’d be chopping a few inches off but wasn’t quite sure how much. (This was confirmed later on when I discovered that I couldn’t reach all the way to the bottom of the pockets without an assist from a friend or friendly stranger!) Also I was excited to get my hands on a printed version as I try to avoid PDFs whenever possible. What can I say – I’m not completely confident of my cutting & pasting skills when large projects involving tons of printouts are concerned.
|World's deepest wraparound pockets|
|Cute little triangle detail|
|I want to keep my hands in these pockets all the time|
After trying it on and making my pocket discovery I took 2” off the bottom which allowed me to reach the bottom of my pockets unassisted. I attached the hem and sleeve bands after cutting them slightly longer than the pattern pieces since I wasn’t using actual ribbing. This worked well on the sleeve and hem bands and pull them slightly in like the pattern photos showed. The neckband was another story – even with a good press with lots of steam it wouldn’t lie flat. Ripping out the serging was a bit of a nightmare with the navy thread blending in surprisingly well with the purple knit. The band seemed a little puny at that point so I recut a new one, making sure the new one was shorter. The “ribbiness” of the knit really became apparent and I probably ended up with a neckband about the same size as the pattern piece. It still seemed a bit wavy but at this point there was no way I was going to rip it out again. Instead I just blasted it with the iron and a massive cloud of steam and that did the trick.
|Future favorite background? I think so.|
|Ahhh!! Evil clown!!|
For the outside pictures I braved the cold to take photos in front of new mural my building’s alley. A neighbor has spent a lot of time working on it and it’s turned out awesome. Except for the evil clown that welcomes me home every time I go in the garage. Because I believe ALL clowns are on the evil spectrum.