From fall to spring, I’m all about the knit mini-dresses with leggings. I thought I’d round up a few of my favourites here, and see what other patterns you would suggest for me!
The Original: Victory Patterns Lola
This was the pattern that first got me into sewing this style. It has princess seams, and a high-low waistline that I think is very flattering. There are HUGE pockets wrapping around the hips, and I always end up walking around with my hands jammed in the pockets for cosiness. The only down side is the size range: it ends at a Size 16, with a 46.5″ hip! Which does explain why my versions are feeling snug – my hips are now 48 or 49″. (Ooops! That’s the slow creep of weight gain while wearing comfortable clothes for ya!) Alternately, let’s look at it as a positive: this pattern is at least 4 or 5 years old, and I think the indie world has expanded into larger sizes since then!
Doesn’t matter – Lola is so cute, and I love it!
Paprika Jasper Dress Another princess-seam mini-dress, this time with option for cosy cowl, hood, and hidden kangaroo pocket. (It also includes a sweatshirt length version.) Adorable. This pattern goes up to a 51″ hip. Both my tester version and proper version came up a little looser than I wanted, so I ripped up and resewed my second version into a much slimmer, sassier version. I think the kind of fit you want is personal taste, so size down or not as you desire!
This pattern came out in October, and I like it a lot. Like Lola and Jasper, it has princess seams up front and back. This one has big pockets built into the curving front seam. It goes to a 48″ hip, but I found it fits generously. It’s drafted to be a few inches above the knee, but I cut mine at least 5″ shorter!
Folks, what was Sew Over It thinking with the cover art on this pattern? It does nothing to show how cute this dress is. I’ve made it mostly in knits, and sometimes with additional fisheye darts in the back… I’ve also sliced the pattern up centre front and added a facing to make it a “coatigan”! (See all my versions in my TNT section in the header.) It’s a solid little workhorse of a pattern, and walks the line nicely between boxy and fitted. It deserves more love!
Sure, it’s meant to be a tee or a tunic, but it fits nicely and I’m not the largest size available. Sold! I’ve added length and used the curved hem, and also played around with adding a skirt. Largest size is a 58″ hip.
I’m sure there are tons of other options – basically any top or dress can be made into a mini-dress! Can you suggest any other patterns I should try, or that might have better size ranges?