Good news! The Lola dress is now available as a free pattern (and tutorial) in a size 18 months - 3T. Click here to go to the post :)
The Lola dress is very simple but is so incredibly cute! This adorable linen dress from Suburbia Soup was my inspiration and this tutorial was the basis for my pattern, although I modified it quite extensively. I love both the simplicity and the versatility. Mae will wear this version by itself this summer and with a long sleeve shirt and tights through the fall/winter.
The construction of the dress is quite simple and it took very little time to sew. It is made from just front and back bodice pieces, four lengths of bias binding, and a rectangle for the skirt.
The front and back are both slightly gathered and finished with matching bias binding. One of the best things about this pattern is that the amount of gathering and length of bias binding can be adjusted to make this dress fit many different sizes of toddler. The length of either the bodice or the skirt can easily be adjusted as well, making the Lola dress pattern versatile for years to come.
Fabric for dress and binding: Grey suiting from Joann's
Leggings: Carter's ... I can't find that bright yellow knit anywhere :)
This picture is less about the dress and more about the fact that Grandma thinks it's been too long since she had a new picture of Mae :)
And this is pretty much how all of our fashion shows end. Most of the time the last half of my pictures are little more than a blur because Mae just doesn't like to stand still!
Here's another version of the Lola dress done in a cotton fish print I purchased about ten years ago. This one probably will be worn in the summer only. Lesson learned: the Lola dress is probably more versatile in a solid than in a seasonal print, because I'm not sure that Mae can pull off fishies when it is -10 degrees and there are eight inches of snow on the ground :)