Easy to make, with no fiddly bits, Lotta is a perfect dressmaking project for beginners, or a satisfyingly speedy sew for more experienced stitchers. It has a blousy bodice and flared skirt, cinched in with a narrow elasticated waistline. Choose between knee-length or midi-length skirt, with grown-on short sleeves or bracelet-length drop shoulder sleeves, with optional deep patch pockets. To make it even more versatile, you can make this dress in either woven fabric or stretchy jersey.
Fabric: Light to medium weight drapey fabrics such as chambray, viscose (rayon), Tencel (lyocell), double gauze, brushed cotton or crepe. The short sleeve version can also be made in less drapey fabrics such as linen, cotton lawn and seersucker. More experienced? Try single knit drapey jersey, stretch velvet or light-weight French terry.
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Sizing: The Lotta Dress comes in UK sizes 6-24, equivalent to US sizes 2-20.