Along with sewing more for myself, I’ve also been pattern testing more for women’s garments. Recently I helped Kelli of True Bias test her latest pattern, The Lodo Dress.
The Lodo Dress is a a twist on a t-shirt dress with a subtle cocoon shape. There are two views: View A is a longer mid-calf length with a walking slit and View B ends above the knee. I made View A since I prefer my dresses at or below the knee. It’s drafted for women size 0 to 18, or 32″ to 44.5″ bust/34″ to 48.5″ hip. I made a straight size 16 and my current measurements are 42″ full bust, 36″ waist, 42″ full hip, 5’8″ tall.
You’ll have to pardon my Arden’s-bedroom-remote-selfies as the weather was still in the throes of early spring in New Jersey so outdoor photos weren’t happening. This dress uses woven facings for the neckline and armholes. I like this finish for ease of sewing and the opportunity to use a contrasting or coordinating fabric there. I had some navy washer linen from other projects and it was perfect for this.
There’s that slit to keep you from doing a Morticia Adams shuffle. I subjected myself to quite the exercise in stripe matching with this fabric! It was well worth it and I love my new dress! The fabric is something I’ve had in my stash for some time. I’m pretty sure it’s from a Girl Charlee clearance sale. It’s quite stable, which is what this pattern calls for. It’s also navy and striped; totally my jam. The opposing stripes are a very pale peachy-pink.
I wasn’t 100% sure the cocoon silhouette would work on my sturdy frame. After the first fitting, I was 100% sold! I think this skims over the areas I’d rather keep to myself and minimizes my broad shoulders. I particularly like the length and angle of the neckline. Deep enough to not feel constricting, but no danger of showing my full-coverage bra. The main adjustment Kelli made after testing was to remove a small amount at the back as some of the testers (myself included) were getting a bit of pooling at the low back – a slight swayback adjustment if you will.
I can say with certainty that this dress will be in frequent rotation for my spring/summer wardrobe. You can pick up The Lodo Dress for 20% off through April 14 with code LODOLAUNCH here.