Gotta Love Lotta

A review of Lotta Dress


Reviewed by nightingaleanddolittle on 13th October, 2020

I bought this pattern fairly soon after it was released because I’d recently bought a duvet cover in a charity shop and wanted to use it to make a simple-but-not-boring dress to show off the pretty print of the fabric. Lotta fit the bill perfectly!

Lotta is a great dress for beginners – it has no closures or darts so is simple to sew, and the blousy style of the bodice means that it’s easier to fit than some other dresses. The instructions are also very detailed so will give you plenty of help along the way.

For more experienced sewists, it’s a lovely relaxing project and comes together really quickly.

The sizing is good – I made the size recommend for my measurements and the fit is blousy as intended, but not at all baggy. The only alteration I made was to lengthen the bodice – which is very standard for me.

If you have a particularly large head (I do!), I’d recommend making a toile to check you can get the dress over your head – thankfully I just about can! As I said, I do have a large head though so I wouldn’t imagine this would be a problem for many people.

I love the fact that you can make Lotta using woven or knit fabrics, and I think it’s the kind of dress that could be really casual or fairly smart depending on what fabric you used or how you styled it. I’ll definitely be making more¬† versions!

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