Lo Do Dress by True Bias {Garment Sewing Challenge}

For this month’s Garment Sewing Challenge, I decided to build on my knit sewing skills to try True Bias’ Lo Do Dress pattern. After I recorded my podcast with Kelli Ward of True Bias, I admitted I bought the pattern and even had fabric I thought would work for a muslin. Kelli graciously encouraged me and thought the fabric had the perfect amount of stretch. She was so right!

In terms of size, I’m a bit outside of the largest size on the pattern but I’d seen other larger women make the dress without adjustment. Since it’s knit versus a woven, I was hoping the ease would give me breathing room. I bought the PDF pattern and it was easy to put together.

For the facings, I wanted a touch of color and this Robert Kaufman London Calling was the perfect match! Also, I’d made a v-neck dress before and struggled with the v being perfect. Kelli’s illustrations in the pattern gave me the perfect v on the first try! (I really love good illustrations!)

(I have no idea what made me snicker but I thought I’d keep this picture in for laughable purposes!)

For next time, I’ll pay attention to where the arm hole facings are supposed to go and make it longer. As you can see, I serged the hem but didn’t fold it over. I was worried it would make it too short. And a bit of grey thread can be a “design element”, right? Yeah, right!

I also need to work on that bit of gaping in the back. Any suggestions?

And I managed to completely forget that there was a Lo Do Dress sew-along for the dress! When I make the dress again, I’ll look there to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

There are many garment patterns in the sewing queue so I can’t wait to show you what I make next. 🙂

Comments 4

  1. You need a sway back adjustment. 😊 I can’t remember how off the top of my head, but you can search for it. It’s super common.

  2. Beautiful colour and love your neck band 🙂 I agree you might need a couple of small adjustments here and there to make it hang just a bit better and be more comfortable but overall for a first go out of the gate it’s pretty darn good!

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