Vikisews Nola Dress PDF

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Buy the Nola Dress sewing pattern from Vikisews. Nola is a close-fitting dress with a trapeze silhouette. The front features a yoke gathered on the bottom, and finished with a channel for ties on the top. The back has side panels as well as a shirred centre panel. The skirt has a slight A-line shape. Nola has a short, voluminous sleeve with gathers along the shoulder and a channel for elastic at the hem. The front and back necklines are quite deep, and the dress is above knee length.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following format:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). Your selected size will include all 4 height options. What is a PDF?

If you would like to order a printed A0 copy shop pattern, please complete your PDF purchase, then upload the A0 file for your chosen height here. For example, to print size 46 in height 4, upload the A0 file labelled '46-4′. Note for designs with linings, you may need to upload two A0 files (one for the garment, and one for the lining)What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: Natural or artificial silk, viscose poplin or rayon challis, crepe, lightweight atlas, chiffon.

The dress in the cover photo is made with 100% silk. This fabric is lightweight, soft, and non-stretchy.

Fabric requirements: When purchasing fabric, buy 5% more than required to account for shrinkage.

Main: 140 cm wide fabric: 1.3 - 2.1 m.

Sizing: 34 – 46 (approx. UK 6 – 14/16, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements. This pattern only includes up to size 46 (even though additional sizes appear on the size chart).

Vikisews patterns are designed for a B/C cup.

The PDF pattern includes 4 height options:

Height 1 = 154 – 160 cm (5’1″ – 5’3″)
Height 2 = 162 – 168 cm (5’4″ – 5’6″)
Height 3 = 170 – 176 cm (5’7″ – 5’9″)
Height 4 = 178 – 184 cm (5’10” – 6′1″)

Model Alina: Height 172 cm (5'8") / Bust 86 cm (33 7/8") / Waist 65 cm (25 5/8") / Hips 93 cm (36 5/8"). Alina is wearing size 36 in height 3.

Model Yana: Height 174 cm (5'8") / Bust 104 cm (41") / Waist 86 cm (34") / Hips 120 cm (47"). Yana is wearing size 46 in height 3 (given the ease in this style, the designer did not adjust the pattern for the waist and hips).


- Matching thread
- Elastic thread, 1 spool
- 1.2 cm wide elastic, 0.6 - 1 m

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; A4 print-at-home pattern (20-24 pages); US letter print-at-home pattern (18-20 pages); plotter pattern (1 sheet); A0 copy shop pattern (1 sheet) // Layers: No // Projector file: No.

Note: The PDF pattern includes all 4 height options. Before cutting, please double check you are using the correct option for your height. For example, to make size 46 in height 4, choose the files labelled '46-4′.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Shreya | junolovesthread
Vikisews Nola

Vikisews Nola is an adorable milkmaid-style mini dress with a shirred back and gathered front bodice. I used a flowy viscose challis for this one, and I've seen some lovely versions in linen and cotton as well.

Adjustments I made:
- Added 1” to the bottom of the front bodice panel - as drafted, it didn't provide quite enough bust coverage for me.
- Added a side zip. The pattern's ease comes from the shirred back panel and front bodice, but I found adding a side zip made it much easier to get in and out of!
- For this version, I extended the skirt pattern pieces by 17" for an ankle length dress and added a side slit to knee height. I've also made the mini-dress version and added an extra 2" of length for it to hit mid-thigh
- Shirred the sleeve hem instead of adding an elastic casing

Instructions were great as always - each pattern comes with a detailed booklet and photographs of each step, and extra tips to get a professional finish.

Main thing to note is that VikiSews patterns tend to come in single sizes, so if your measurements put you across multiple sizes (like me!) you'll probably need to do a bit of maths/grading to adjust ease as needed.

Floral Viscose Vikisews Nola Dress

I loved every part of making this dress, it was the perfect involved sewing project that you can really get stuck into. There are lots of really lovely details on this pattern and the three methods of creating gathers make it interesting to make. I didn't have access to an English translation of the pattern but the photos were very clear so the dress came together smoothly despite the fact that its a slightly trickier make.







I made my Nola Dress out of viscose which has the perfect drape for the gathers to fall correctly. The shirring on the back was probably the trickiest part of the sewing process but worth spending time on because the final result is so pretty.

You can read more about this dress over on my blog.