Last year I decided to start making more clothes for myself. There are so many fun, Indie patterns to try. The Lottie pattern by Christine Haynes has been on my list since I first saw it on Instagram. I was drawn to it for many reasons, one of which was that it reminded me of the first garment I made in 7th grade Home Ec...in a good way. It brought back so many fond memories of that first time I cut out my yellow gingham fabric to make an A-line shift, learning to make darts and simple seams.
This pattern is so well written and Christine has added instructions for making it look like a really polished garment. I especially love the faced bias binding neckline. I have never finished a neckline that way and I really like the look of it.
Another feature of the top are the big bias patch pockets and the slit finished side seams. Both are explained in the pattern with good drawings. This pattern is for anyone from a beginner to advanced seamstress.
I chose this Lakehouse Three Tone Stripe fabric I had in my stash. It has a slight shimmer giving it a polished finish and reminds me of that first gingham shift I made in 1964, all grown up. I finished the seams with my serger, getting the top made all in one afternoon. I think it has a real 1960's, Jackie O kind of vibe. Now I want to make the dress with 3/4 length sleeves. I'm already plotting what fabric to use, so stay tuned...