I’m still slowly making my way through my 2020 makes and today is the turn of the Lola dress by Forget Me Not patterns. I was part of the tester group for this pattern so received the pattern for free. However, all thoughts are my own and I was not required to review it or post about it.
Forget Me Not patterns are run by Jo and is a relatively new pattern company. They regularly put out tester calls for new patterns and I really enjoyed testing this pattern. Since this release, they’ve released another pattern and have just put a call out for testers for their next pattern. If you’re interested in pattern testing then please look out for their next callout. It was an enjoyable and simple process.
The pattern is simple in shape and can be made either as a dress or a top. There are two options – one has a ruffle along the back and the other has a box pleat in the centre back. I opted for the box pleat version but I am tempted to make a top version with the ruffle as it’s super cute. I also chose to make the dress version as I loved the simplicity of the shape but with the tie for the nipped in waist. You can also choose between two neckline shapes and three different bust sizes. I sewed up the boat neck and middle bust size and the fit is good. I’m usually a D cup in high street bras. I love that there’s so many options with one pattern. You could make several versions and each be slightly different!
The pattern was very informative and really holds your hand. It includes relevant terminology and step by step guides to particularly tricky parts. The pattern includes lots of really nice details that (in my opinion) take it a step above a bog standard shift shape pattern. I really like that it has a yoke at the back and uses double fold hem to finish. The dress itself is rather simplistic as there are no fastenings or closures. It has bust darts for shaping and is slightly A-line in shape. It says it is aimed at intermediate sewists but I think an experienced beginner would be fine with this due to the simplicity of it. As a more experienced sewist, I did appreciate the details included that make this a more interesting make. Another thing I appreciated on Forget Me Not patterns is that the seam allowance for each part is included for each step as you progress through the pattern.
This pattern can be made in pretty much any woven fabric. Different fabrics will have a different effect on the end result. I chose a viscose as I wanted a drapier effect for a more floaty summer dress. I used a beautiful brightly coloured leopard print viscose fabric. The simplicity of the dress allowed the leopard print to stand out without detracting from the impact of the print. It was lovely to sew with and I think makes a great summer dress.
The construction is quite simple but has nice details to add a bit of complexity to it. You only really need to be able to sew straight lines and make darts. It’s a great summery pattern. I made a size 40 with no alterations based on the finished garment measurements and I really like the fit. It’s a flattering leg length and I love the boat neck finish.
I really enjoyed making this pattern and the instructions are some of the best I’ve seen for a while. I love the fabric I used and think it makes a great summer dress!