When I designed the Lottie Dress & Shirt Pattern, I wanted it to be a versatile pattern that was good for beginners and classroom situations. Because of that, I wanted to give as many options as I could (sleeve and dress lengths) but keep the shape pretty straightforward. But for more adventurous sewers, the great thing about such a blank slate is that it's ripe for hacking opportunities!
Each hack has a specific inspiration that I started from, except for this one. This hack started with my love of a contrast band at the hem of a dress. I see it all the time in ready to wear options, and it gets me every time. So I knew that I wanted to do that. But I thought I could take it up a notch, and include pockets on the front in the band seam! I mean, we love pockets, right?
I love how the pockets are there for you to use, but also completely invisible while you're wearing the dress. They are more visible on the hanger than they are on the body, which I like. Secret pockets for the win!
The fabric on the top half of the dress is a gorgeous Liberty lawn, gifted to me from The Fabric Store's on-line shop. I also picked out an another Liberty lawn piece that's currently being sewn into some Lakeside Pajamas. Liberty lawn is so great to wear, as it's so soft and cozy, but also lightweight enough to be lovely for garment sewing.
The bottom half is a quilt weight cotton solid that was in my stash. It luckily matched perfectly! I think it was leftover from some fabric that Cloud9 Fabrics gave me during the filming of my Sylvie Dress class with CreativeLive that they sponsored, but I'm not 100% sure on that, as there's no markings on the selvage. Either way, if you do this hack, I'd keep the weights fairly close to each other.
In tomorrow's post, I'll go through all the details on how you can make this hack for yourself. You can see in the above photos that the pockets are sewn into the skirt seam, slightly dropped into the pocket, so you don't see the seam itself. I kept the fabric for the pockets the same as the fabric it was being sewn to, but you could choose something contrasting too if you'd prefer.
Come back tomorrow for all the details on how to do this hack for your next Lottie! See you then!