Linen Lois, Silk Lois

Thanks so much for all your comments and feedback on our new Lois Dress pattern. Before we move onto to our next pattern release (fingers crossed for next week), I wanted to show you my two versions – one linen and one silk.

For my tester, I chose our Hartford Ink linen because that blue rocks my colour world. In choosing this, I totally knew I was bucking the drape-y fabric  options we recommend for Lois but (no secrets here) I LOVE linen and I LOVE this pattern so I really, really wanted to see how it would make up in it. And everything went smoothly….until the arm bands. I’m sorry I don’t have a photo for you but let me describe them for you in one word – flutey. It looked as though the sleeve had stretched out on the bias, they stuck out in a way they were definitely not meant to and so there I thought my linen Lois was doomed. But Silva to the rescue. As I was in Melbourne making mine, she was sewing up a shop sample and trialled the genius idea to bind the sleeves in exactly the same way as we bind the Lois neckline. I used this method to join my bias ends, attached them and the result is perfect.

Version number two is made up as recommended (with arm bands) in this heavenly heavy silk crepe de chine, Wild Rice. It’s unbelievably luscious to wear and feels special and dressy, and I now have an incredible urge to inject more of this deep burgundy shade into my wardrobe immediately.

There have been a few questions about raising the Lois neckline. We are planning a tutorial on a potential option in the not-too-distant future, and one which doesn’t compromise the overall bodice shape. But until then, let’s talk Lois and bra options. I’m a C cup so going bra-less in Lois wasn’t going to happen. In all these pics I wore this ol’ faithful, but I’ve also got this soft cup favourite which works equally well. Just choose any bra with a lower bridge or, alternatively, you could try it with a peek of lace camisole a la Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies…

If you’re thinking of making Lois, we’ve just released a gorgeous selection of Italian viscose prints that would all be perfect too…

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