When Tessuti dropped their latest pattern, the Lois Dress, it raced ahead of all of my other WIPs (blergh!) to the front of my sewing queue. I knew I had perfect fabric for it in my stash, which also helped.
I need to start by saying I LOVE this dress!! I think I say that about most items I make, but I really, really mean it this time!
The Lois is comfortable and incredibly slimming. I like that there isn’t a waist seam, but it still drapes perfectly, giving just the right amount of shape. I love the v-neck, and while it was a little too low for my liking and occupation, just a few little hand stitches were needed to raise the neckline about an inch and it was perfect. I doubted the sleeves and the bias cuffs, but after two wears, I really love them. I also doubted the true, longer, midi length on my frame, but again, after two wears have realised it is perfect. I wore this yesterday when speaking in front of the new Kindergarten parents for 2018 and was asked a few times about where my dress came from, which is always ace, though I do feel a bit weird still telling people I make my clothes – Do you find that??
Anyway, the pattern is a complete winner in my opinion. The only change aside from raising the v-neck was to very, very slightly take in the bodice seams, but only by 1/4 inch each side, which also led to me lengthening the side skirt darts.
Now to the fabric – I LOVE it too!! It’s a viscose from Blackbird Fabrics and it is just lovely to sew and wear. The print is spot on. You might recognise the print from this maxi dress I made recently. It’s the same, but just a different colour way. I clearly couldn’t decide when shopping and purchased both, because why not right? I’m so glad I did now.