PIN & SEW MAKES : French Terry Lodo Dress

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Hi everyone,
It’s Aga, the name behind the Pin & Sew! I can’t believe I haven’t posted my makes here before! I must admit I am more of a maker than a blogger myself. And with as little free time I’ve got I always chose to make something rather than write about it – good pictures and captivating posts take so much time to prepare!

My New Year’s resolution this year, along with losing weight ( #yayfororiginality) is to find more time for sewing and blogging about it. So here it is, my first proper review!

french terry lodo dress

This Lodo Dress hasn’t been my first and it most definitely won’t be my last. The pattern by True Bias is one of my tried and tested (TNT) patterns. It has everything I love in a dress; simplicity, comfort and flattering shape. And it’s a super quick make.

The Lodo pattern is an elevated take on a basic t-shirt dress. It has a straight fit through the waist and hips and a slightly tapered hem to create a subtle cocoon shape. It has a flattering deep V neck at centre front and an extended cap sleeve. View A has a hem that hits at mid-calf with a slit at centre back for movability. View B’s hem hits a couple of inches above the knee.

My lifestyle is pretty crazy. I work at the office in the morning and then spend time with my two kids in the afternoon. I also cut a lot of fabric in the evening so I am always on the lookout for outfits which I can wear all day without needing to change. The Lodo dress fits my lifestyle perfectly. It’s smart enough to wear in the professional environment, and so comfortable it feels like a secret pyjamas. I actually believe that if there is an ultimate secret pyjamas pattern; this is it!

For this version of a Lodo dress I chose the burgundy red french terry from my shop. It’s a very soft knit fabric which feels like thick loopback jersey but it has just enough weight and structure to hold the slightly cocoony shape of the dress. I made a Lodo dress with French terry before so I knew this would be a perfect pairing. As this dress was meant to be worn in the office, I wanted to stick to a plain colour and autumnal shades are something I am very much into at the moment.

This time I chose to make a mini version of the dress . I cut out straight size 16. I tried the longer version in the summer however I ended up shortening it to just below the knee as I felt like I was wearing a hospital gown, but that’s just my personal preference. On the reflection I should have added an inch or two to this version as it has been drafted for slightly shorter frame and I prefer my dresses to hit at the knee or just below. But I guess I was just too lazy to alter the pattern at the time (this happens a lot…)

The construction of Lodo is simple and the instructions are great. There is also a sewalong available on True Bias’ website.
Lodo’s a knit dress however I sewed it entirely on my sewing machine. Both the neckline and armholes are finished with a woven facing for stability and structure. This is an unusual approach however it gives the dress lovely sharp finish.

I completed the dress in two evenings and the only difficulty I came across (both times) was the sleeve facings. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t make the stitching neat enough on the bottom edge of the armhole. Fortunately it doesn’t bother me too much as you can’t see under the sleeves anyway!

I finished the dress with a fun Kyle and the Machine label which I attached to the facing.

In conclusion, I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE this pattern. The dress is just awesome! Super quick and easy, and so versatile! It doesn’t use a ton of fabric and it looks great in both solid and print fabrics (check out my summer print version below). I totally recommend it.

Thank you for visiting my blog, until next time.

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  • Aga on

    Thank you so much! I now have black ponte version on my sewing table!

  • Fiona on

    Lovely dresses! Both colours look fab on you

  • Sandra on

    Lovely dress—BUT I never would have thought of buying the pattern based on the pattern envelope—with that wide stripe!.You can’t really even see what the dress looks like. Your versions are very nice. The yellow one! Wow.

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