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