Pattern Description: (From Popolok Design Facebook page):
Any sewing mama would love an easy & versatile dress pattern for their little girl. You can create any combination of fabric type & color with the featured multi panels on the front of the dress to create different style of dress with just this one easy pattern.
LuLu Dress is a simple shift dress, unlined dress with neck & armhole facing. It has back zipper as closure with round neckline, sleeveless and in knee length. It also featured big side pockets which could be your girl's favourite little storage.
LuLu Dress includes three different dress styles to inspire fun design possibilities:
•LuLu Block: the color-blocking mod dress with combination of any 3 clashing colors you can ever imagine.
•LuLu Black : the little black dress with a lace inset on the center front panel for a little elegant girl.
•LuLu Blue : the fun shift dress in combination of printed fabric and matching solid color, with lace trim embellishment.
*** This pattern is still in testing (I was lucky enough to be one of the testers!) so is not on Popolok Design's Etsy shop yet. As soon as it is I will update the URL for the pattern. There are more pics of this pattern on the Popolok Design facebook page (and what other testers have made from it).
Pattern Sizing:Childrens size 1 to 8. I made a size 1 as my daughter is very small for her age (premmie twin).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes- more or less exactly! Maybe length looked a bit shorter as its on a toddler not a baby.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Extremely easy thanks to the wonderful step by step photographed instructions. Great for sewing with a "mummy brain".
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the unusual styling of the dress- quite 1960's mod I think. Lots of options to combine different fabrics to create different looks. My daughter LOVES the pockets to store "treasure" (think half sucked lollies eeew) in..... No dislikes so far.
Fabric Used: Cotton drill (green and yellow) and (mistakenly as it was on the "drill" shelf) cotton broadcloth (pink). Would not use the broadcloth again as it wrinkled much quicker than the drill.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No real alterations. Used a very narrow magic tape down the zipper seam as a template to make sure I sewed evenly down each side, this was much easier than my usual technique of just eyeballing it ;)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes big time! It was was a lot of fun making this up and the pattern allows for so much versatility in fabric choices. Would be great for using up larger scrap fabric pieces in the smaller sizes.
Conclusion: A great pattern. The age/size range and different fabric/layout options mean that this pattern would continue to be useful as your child grows. I think this would also make up nice in a thicker fabric or denim for winter- the armhole is spacious enough to allow for a t-shirt underneath. The good instructions would make this an ideal beginner sewer pattern.
There are more pics of my version of the LuLu dress here, here and here on my blog (uh I guess I really enjoyed writing about this one!) and on the Popolok Design facebook page.