Welcome to the third Lottie Dress & Shirt Pattern hack! In this version, I did more colorblocking, in a triangle shape for a little nod to the mod. I think it's really fun, and it also features a ton of topstitching, which I love doing, so that's a nice added bonus!
I used gray shot cotton for the upper part of the dress, and a mustard quilt weight for the lower portion. Following my Driftless Cardigan, you might say I'm having a gray and yellow colorblocking moment!
The way this dress is formed is by creating a center front and center back seam, so the two sides can meet and join at those seams. The triangles also meet at the side seams, where they also line up perfectly, making four clear points around the dress.
I was directly inspired by a dress from the Spring 2013 collection from Dear Creatures, where the seaming on the front is quite similar. I love the retro element of it; like it's the sort of dress a girl riding a scooter in the 60's would wear, or a flight attendant of days gone by.
Of course you don't have to topstitch all the seams, but come on, doesn't it add a little something? I think so! I think it gives a lot of visual interest. And contrasting stitching would be even more effective should you really trust your sewing!
If you're going to do this hack for yourself, it's best to pair two similar weights of fabric together, and it's also best suited on the dress version of this pattern. You can't really pull it off as successfully on the shirt version, but the hack would work on the maxi version. More on all of the ins and outs tomorrow!
Meet me here tomorrow for the third tutorial on how to make this change to your next Lottie!