Wednesday, July 1, 2015

pattern review - compagnieM. lotta dress

I made these dresses a while ago, but never got around to posting an official pattern review.  So here it is, only a little over a year later :)  This is the Lotta Dress by Marte at CompagnieM.

I was a tester for this pattern, so my review is skewed by the fact that I know how much work Marte put in to getting this pattern as perfect as possible!  The grey version in most of the pictures is my original test version (size 2 with 3 length), and the pink dress in the last picture is the second dress I made after Marte altered a few small things in the pattern (size 12 months with 2 length).

General Review - Overall, this is a lovely dress that can be either casual or fancy and I would gladly sew it again. 

What I likeI love the classic style of all CompagnieM. patterns.  The simple, timeless silhouettes appeal to me, and this dress is no exception.  The details, such as cap sleeves and three different pocket and back opening options are nice, as is the notched neckline.  The fit is also accurate as long as you take the time to actually use the provided size chart - one of my mistakes when I made the first dress, which is why it fits Mae a year later ;)

Things I would do differently or didn't like -Honestly, nothing.  I really do love this pattern exactly as written.

Changes I made (no matter how small!) - I chose to not fold down the front edges at the neckline as the pattern shows.  Also, in the gray version, I added a striped band for a bit of interest.  If I remember correctly, I also sewed a slightly larger hem than called for in the pattern, but it's been a while so I can't remember for sure :)

Here's the second one I made in a lovely Nani Iro double gauze.  Look how little Mae looks - she still looks like a baby!

Grey suiting - Joann's
Gold/cream stripe - cotton jersey from Girl Charlee
Snaps - Kamsnaps


  1. I'm still in love with this Lotta dresses. Nice to see those pictures again. Super cute!!!

  2. The grey one may just be my favourite Lotta ever.The detail at the back is fabulous. I'm going to have to steal that idea one day. Love your use of bronze press fasteners too. It's all in the detail ;-)