I have another back log for you that I’m finally getting around to sharing! I made this dress last fall. It’s such a great transition piece that can be worn casually or dressed up.
When I first saw Allie’s Lodo dress in scuba it reminded me of this striped scuba knit I had in my stash and I figured I had a match made in sewing heaven! (Kelli’s striped Lodo in the product listing was a great inspiration too). I love stripes… and shift dresses!
True Bias’s Lodo Dress is so simple and comfortable. It’s a super quick & satisfying make – a great pattern to introduce yourself to knits as its suitable for the more sturdy knits that are easier to work with. The lines are so clean, simple, and chic. I love the V neck and subtle cocoon of the body.
I cut a 0 at the top graded to a 2 at the hips. I constructed the whole thing on my serger except the topstitching and hem.
The only change I made to the pattern was to shorten it a bit – about 2″. I love the construction of this dress. The neck and armhole facings are topstitched down for a really great sporty look. I thought it would be a fun addition & to the laid back style to draft a kangaroo pocket for the front which I cut in cross-directional stripes. (And of course I needed pockets right!?) I folded the pocket openings under once and topstitched them. Then left the other edges of the pocket raw and just topstitched it onto the dress with a button hole stitch to enclose the raw edges.
This striped scuba has been in my stash for a while. It was left over from a skirt I made for a friend and myself (I ordered way too much). I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with it, as it’s not a fabric I’ve worked with before and I couldn’t really picture it as anything else. When I saw Allies version and fell in love I knew it would be perfect for this project. There have been so many scuba logos out in the sewing instagram world, I knew it was a great fabric for this project.
Watch it in action here:
SKIP TO THE END?
Pattern: Lodo Dress by True Bias
Fabric: Striped Scuba from stash
Notions: Just thread!
Difficulty: Super Easy
Adjustments: Shortened 2″
Finishes: Serged seams, double needle hem
Time: Less than one hour!
Sew it again? Yes! I would like to make it in a softer fabric.