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Finished: Lola’s Deranged Cousin—A Refashioned, Colour-Blocked Lola Dress

Does the title make it clear that I’m a little unsure about this dress?… I love the Lola pattern, but perhaps the random colour-blocking wasn’t the best idea after all. Oh well, it was free, it’s comfortable to wear around the house—and perhaps it will grow on me?

Victory Patterns Lola’s Deranged Cousin: Front

I don’t really have much to say about this project, but I thought I’d put up a few photos anyway—just to share the craziness.

Pattern

Victory Patterns Lola, in size 2/4.

Victory Patterns Lola’s Deranged Cousin: Side

Fabrics

The light grey and dark blue pieces are from two old sweaters of my boyfriend’s and the red pieces were once a dress of my mum’s. Even the ribbing came from the light grey sweater, so I didn’t buy anything at all for this dress.

Victory Patterns Lola’s Deranged Cousin: Back

Alterations

Fit adjustments

The same as for my second wearable toile.

Design adjustments

  • I omitted the band at the hem again because I didn’t have enough of the ribbing fabric for it. Instead of twin-needle hemming, I hand-hemmed the dress this time. That’s crazy for a knit dress like this, but the hem is very bulky and I didn’t feel like fighting with my machine.

  • I kept the lengthened sleeves of the previous version and attached the original cuffs to them—which was probably not the best idea, as I feel they’re an extremely odd length now.

Victory Patterns Lola’s Deranged Cousin: Side

What I want to do differently next time

  • Really try out a sway-back adjustment? It is very obvious in these pictures that the hem is longer in the back than in the front, which I don’t think is intended, and there’s a little pooling of fabric around my lower back.

  • Think about the sleeve length I’d like. Lengthening them to full-length sleeves might actually be nice—or going back to the original length, but with cuffs.

  • I would love to make a turtle-neck or cowl-neck version!

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