Pocket full of posies: Victory Patterns’ Lola at the Dior/Yamamoto Meetup

‘Cuz you need flow-ahs for the ladies. Moi, Raquel and Melanie outside the NGV International St. Kilda.

Moi, Raquel, and Melanie of Seamstress Poppykettle

1 in 3 Melbourne denizens is wind-proof. The guy we roped into taking photos wasn’t.

We visited the Dior/Yamamoto exhibit and had lunch at Cookie. Meaningful adult conversation with intelligent ladies that are into the same things as you: priceless. Also, we all own the Feb 2013 issue of Burdastyle now.

A knit fabric dress with handpainted flowers

This pattern is an awesome canvas for all sorts of artwork (and I don’t do beige). I doodled the berries for a bit before realising all the other plants were pretty realistic and adding the twigs and leaves to the berries ‘anchor’ them.

A knit fabric dress with handpainted flowers

Everyone should go buy this pattern right now. Seriously, do it, I’ll wait. It flatters every curve just the right way and the pockets are great for hand-warming purposes (but drop a phone in there and you’ll be hiring someone to fish it out).

I want to make at least 3 more of these. And decorate them.

Victory Patterns Lola

I printed the pattern in large format at the Ivanhoe Copy Centre (because sewing time is for sewing, not for gluing shitty A4s together. Also, because it’s cheap and Ben is both efficient and professional*.) I think it cost me A$6 to print this multi-sized but I did it over a year ago so I’m not sure (it sat under the bed cut out and ready to sew for a year because summer + procrastination = other people’s makes have to remind you to get your sh*t together).

Pattern: Lola by Victory Patterns (Kristiann, if you’re reading this please, please release more knit patterns. I’m a modern woman and I get around on a scooter-kaftans and woven fabric dresses are not for me).

Fabric: Super light heathered knit with a netted inner (not sweatshirting, hence the unfortunate highlighting of past excesses.. XD).

Modifications: Shortened the pattern by 2 cm at waist and 4 cm above the hem.

Made a centre back seam to work around the giant hole in the centre of the remnant fabric I was using.

Sketched a bunch of plants on the side panels using Pebeo Seta Skrib markers and Tsukineko Fabrico markers (no fabric paint, wood block stamps or stencils this time).

Big ups to Kristiann for graciously providing a large format version of this pattern in lieu of the tiled one and for being such an awesome pattern drafter and all round cool lady (evidenced here, here, here and here).

Cotton tights by Marilyn.

*I haven’t been paid to recommend Ben-I really appreciate the service and efficiency (and not having to waste sewing time piecing patterns together). BTW he also has a large format scanner you can scan burda pattern sheets on. I’m not saying you should, mind. I’m just saying, hypothetically speaking, it is technically possible for you to digitise all your sewing magazines and dump the deadwood on evilbay.

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