A Lotta Dress

Lotta 5Here is the last (for now) of my girls’ new Compagnie M dresses.  This one is the Lotta.

I’ve been wanting to sew up this dress ever since the pattern was released at least a year ago.  I was smitten with the buttons on the collar and the pockets and have seen so many fantastic versions of this dress online.  But I hesitated because, for some reason,  I had it in my mind that I prefer a shorter bodice and a fuller skirt.

I ended up buying the pattern recently because I wanted to try out the very cute button bodice together with the circle skirt of the Ileana Dress pattern for Lulu — which worked so well on her bird dress.  (It’s so cool to be able to mix and match different pieces of the Compagnie M patterns to suit your own style — or more to the point, your kid’s style!)

Since I had the pattern sitting there, I decided to throw caution to the wind and sew up a Lotta for Kiki.

Lotta Dress Compagnie M Cotton + SteelIt turns out that the longer bodice and skirt are fabulous.  Haha!  But I must say that it is a more mature style and makes Kiki look much more grown up.  Maybe that’s why I hesitated.  Ah, motherhood 🙂

Lotta Dress Compagnie M Cotton + SteelThe button “collar” is such a simple design and is truly easy to make.  But the look is so classy!  I just love it!

Lotta Dress Compagnie M Cotton + SteelThe pattern offers several pocket options.  I chose the diagonal pockets, which mimic the collar.

Lotta Dress Compagnie M Cotton + SteelYou can also choose from a button closure or a zipper in the back.  Since there is a lot of button action on the front of the dress, I like the simplicity of the hidden zipper.

Lotta Dress Compagnie MIt was nice to use a fabric that didn’t require matching the print in the back this time!  It’s Cotton + Steel Cookie Book Recipe Box in green.  It is quilting weight — but like all of Cotton + Steel quilting cottons, it’s gorgeous to work with and is great for garments, especially for kids.

Lotta 4Now that I’m almost caught up with blogging all the sewing that’s been going on around here — it’s Kids Clothes Week already!  Pfew — I’d better get cracking!

Lotta Dress Compagnie M Cotton + Steel

A Lotta/Ileana Mashup

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressThis is the third in a trilogy of Ileana Dresses for Lulu.  This time, I decided to frankenstein it together with the Lotta Dress, which I have been dying to make for ages.

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressBoth the Lotta and Ilena Dress patterns are from Compagnie M — and the coolest thing about them is that the bodices, skirts and sleeves of all Compagnie M’s dresses can be switched around from pattern to pattern.  All the pieces fit together without any finagling at all!

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressI should mention here that one of the benefits of being a Compagnie M super fan is that I’ve become an affiliate.  My goodness, how official!  I’m pretty excited about being in cahoots with Compagnie M — thanks for having me, guys!

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressAnyway, I’ve looked longingly at the Lotta Dress neckline with the little buttons since the pattern was released, but I was worried that Lulu wouldn’t wear it due to the lack of twirly-ness in the skirt.  But now that the Ileana has arrived with its circle skirt, the problem is solved!

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressThe bird fabric is from Joann’s.  I bought it about three years ago and used it for a couple of projects in my early days of sewing.  I loved it so much that I bought more and have been sitting on it all this time.

The lining is red/cream striped shirting from my local fabric store that I originally intended to use for myself.  But it goes together with the birds so well, I couldn’t help but use it.

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressI decided to use the side seam pockets from the Lotta pattern.  I figured they’d work best with the circle skirt without getting in the way.

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressAs I did with Lulu’s other two Ileanas, I stitched the entire pocket onto the front of the skirt, which keeps everything together during twirling and such.

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressI used the lining fabric to make bias tape for the hem — an extra step that was well worth it, especially since I have my trusty bias tape maker which makes the pressing quick and keeps my fingers from getting singed too much.

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressIn the pattern instructions, Marte warns against using directional fabrics for the circle skirt option, as the print will be sideways at the side seams.  I thought long and hard about this before I started on this trilogy of dresses and considered using the half circle skirt instead.  But I knew that if I really wanted Lulu to love these dresses, I had to go full circle — print wonkiness be damned.  I stand by that decision (and I really don’t think anyone would notice if I didn’t point it out, right??).

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressThis dress turns out to be perfect for enjoying the last of the summertime mint in the back yard . . .

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana Dress

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana Dress

Compagnie M Lotta Dress Ileana DressBefore we know it there’s going to be a serious chill in the air.  Hmm, my girls are going to need some new fall dresses 🙂