The free pdf sewing pattern today is a simple project that does not require too much skill and can be done by beginners – the Lola t-shirt dress!
This dress falls at mid calf, with a slit at the side, regular round neck and short sleeves. The Lola t-shirt dress is a great item when it comes to versatility. It is easy to mix with other items to create comfortable and stylish looks. Here are some ideas on how to style the Lola midi t-shirt dress:
– Layer it with a denim jacket: Lola midi t-shirt dress looks great when layered with a denim jacket. This combination is perfect for a casual daytime look. You can complete the look with a pair of white sneakers.
– Accessorize with a belt: Add a belt around the waist of the Lola midi t-shirt dress to cinch in the waist and create a more defined silhouette. This will also add a touch of elegance to the outfit.
– Wear it with ankle boots: Ankle boots look great with midi t-shirt dresses. You can wear a pair of black ankle boots for a sleek and sophisticated look, or brown boots for a more casual vibe.
– Dress it up with statement jewelry: A midi t-shirt dress can be dressed up with statement jewelry such as chunky bracelets or a statement necklace. This will add some glamour and make the outfit more eye-catching.
– Layer it with a long cardigan: A long cardigan can add a touch of coziness to a midi t-shirt dress, making it perfect for fall or winter. You can wear a pair of ankle boots or knee-high boots to complete the look.
– Pair it with a leather jacket: A midi t-shirt dress looks great when paired with a leather jacket. This will add a touch of edge to the outfit and make it look more stylish. You can wear a pair of black boots to complete the look.
– Go for a monochrome look: Wear the midi t-shirt dress with a pair of shoes that match the dress color for a monochrome look. This is a great way to create a cohesive look that is both stylish and trendy.
Now let’s have a visualization of how this dress looks in different colors and prints:
My free pdf sewing pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL so you may find a suitable size for yourself. If you are not sure which size suits you, take a look at the measurement table before doing anything here: SIZE GUIDE.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
You will need
- Fabric of your choice. This pattern is made for knit fabric – you can use jersey or other fabric with subtle stretchiness.
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, cut the patterns out and you will get the following pattern pieces:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern piece. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
The fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: cut 1 on the fold
- Back: cut 1 on the fold
- Neckline Binding: cut 1
- Sleeve: cut 2
Place the pattern pieces on the fabric, pin the pattern pieces to the fabric to secure them in place. Using sharp scissors, carefully cut out the fabric pieces along the outer lines of the pattern. Take your time to ensure precise and clean cuts, as this will affect the fit and overall appearance of your blouse.
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling. Because you are using knit, serging may be optional, but will create a more professional look for the garment.
2. Place the Front and Back pieces right side facing. Sew the shoulder and side seams. The left side seam only goes from armhole to the notch on the skirt part.
3. Sew the side seam of the Sleeve. Hem the Sleeve.
4. Turn the Sleeve inside out. Align the Sleeve to the armhole of the main garment, right side facing. Match the notches, pin and sew to attach the sleeve to the main garment.
5. Attach Neckline binding to the main garment.
7. Finish the side slit of the skirt by folding the seam allowance in and staystitch it to the garment.
8. Hem the dress.
The Lola is one of the best projects to try for those who are new to sewing with knits. If you are still not confident in sewing with stretch fabric, refer to some tips on How to sew stretch fabric here.
And here is the download link:
LOLA MIDI T-SHIRT DRESS (SIZE XXS-5XL)
To download just click on the link above and choose Save link as. The PDF file will be downloaded to your device.
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns