Make it Monday // Double Lottie

For this week’s Make it Monday, I give you a nice easy make: The Lottie Shirt (or dress).

Lottie pattern

I bought this pattern, from my favorite Indie pattern gal, Christine Haynes, when it was released, but when I got wind she would be hosting a sew along, I loafed along and didn’t tackle it until the sew along posted in late June.

A super quick and straightforward sew, but if you need/want a little hand holding, check out her blog for step by step instruction with PICTURES! I heart photo tutorials!!

Lottie Sleeve

A happy accident. I didn’t even think of matching the sleeve stripes and yet they almost perfectly match. How did that happen??!!

Anyhow, the first top, I did step by step with the sew along and finished the day it wrapped. Riding on my Lottie high, I made a second shirt, without the longer sleeves for my mother in one afternoon from cutting to hemming. That’s probably a record for me. Especially with two little dervishes whirling about. Both shirts were made from vintage fabric from my mom’s 20+ year old stash, so the cost was just the pattern. I think I’m down to under $10/shirt, even with printing it twice at the local print shop. You can’t buy a custom made for you top in the stores for that price!

Lottie at coast

My Lottie after three hours in the car. John was pretty done and not too keen on the idea of getting right back in the car after this vista point shot. I don’t have more shots…my instagram team is starting to put up a subtle but strong resistance to photo taking.


Double Lottie. I added the 3/4 sleeve on mine and left it without for Mom’s (pink). The giant patch pockets (a first for me) were super easy to do. They can be done on the bias, for added interest.

I would highly suggest this pattern for the new sewist. No zippers or buttons and 18 different garments can be made from this ONE pattern. I’m planning to make a sleeveless version later this month. It’s also great for those who are already experienced in garment making. I did make a SBA (small bust adjustment) to mine to take out a bit of the width, which worked pretty well.

The thought occurred to me the white/grey stripes might end up looking like a hospital gown, but the end result was more kimono with a 60s flare. I’m also considering the mid length dress version for my new muumuu, since my current one doesn’t have pockets and I often wish it did.

Moms Lottie

Finally got her to try it on yesterday and it fit GREAT!!! Making this seamstress Mucho happy!