Hot! The “Love, Lola” Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Red Sweatshirt Fleece from, red rib knit from Joann
Pattern: Victory Patterns’ Lola
Year: Contemporary
Notions: nothing besides thread
Time to complete: 4 hrs
First worn: Mid January
Wear again? Cosntantly!
Total price: about $17

I love Victory Patterns’ design style so much. This is the second pattern I’ve made from their pattern line – the Lola Dress – and in red! Who needs some frilly lingerie for Valentine’s Day? I’d rather have a super comfy (and super cute) sweatshirt dress!

The pattern is a twist on on your good oldfashioned sweatshirt only much more stylish. I liked the curve seams which make it less boxy and the big fat side pockets are fun.

I have to admit that this style isn’t something I would normally sew for myself. I’m much more inclined to make dresses with cinched-in waists or at least with a belt to define a shape. I have a slight fear of looking like a balloon in designs like this. I’m also not used to wearing such a bold color but I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone!

You have no idea how much I love this dress. It is so comfotable but I don’t look sloppy. And, best of all, I don’t look or feel like a big fat ballon! I wear this thing all the time, and I even really like the red color. I don’t have any other dresses with a solid bright color all over. The dress was so fast and easy to sew and with the loose fit I didn’t have to make any adjustments. I love my Lola!



Dixie is a crafter and creator at heart and recently sewing has really won her over. She loves the challenge of making patterns and sharing her skills and projects with other stitchers. Her goal this year is to create a more wearable and useful wardrobe that is still fun and stylish. Dixie lives in Austin, TX with her boyfriend and her neurotic cat, Peanut.


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  1. This looks so sweet on you. One of those cuts that some people do well (you) and others (like me) would look TERRIBLE in. It does look super comfy.

  2. I looks great and comfy. I can see why you love it.

  3. really pretty – nice styling and photos too

  4. Wow, I’m totally sold on this dress! I have the exact same fears as you and I have to say that yours looks fantastic!

  5. ooohhh, you are making this pattern, which I hadn’t really had interest in, tempting…

  6. I would be afraid of the pocket placement, but you make it look cute. I agree that the bold color helps it out a lot. Love your photo.

    • thanks! you’re right, those pockets are super big! there’s a lot about this dress design that’s much more daring than I’m used to.

  7. It’s really cute on you! I aree with Clarissa on being afraid of the pockets. But you totally rock it and it’s so flattering on you.

    I love your heart backdrop, too! Happy Valentine’s Day.

  8. What a nice dress! It isn’t something I would choose either but it looks fab on you.

  9. Nice work on the red! The pockets look great and it works so well with your hair. Great job!

  10. I love this dress. You look so pretty in it and I’m glad you like yourself in it too.

  11. wow wow wow – I really like this. It looks so comfortable and yet not too casual.

  12. Great dress and I love how you styled the photos.

  13. You look adorable! I’m so glad to see a finished version of this pattern, it really seems like a great compromise between style and comfort.

  14. Adorable! I really need to start trying these Victory patterns. Have you tried it with a belt at all?

    • I haven’t yet. It’s got that curved under bust seam so I’m not sure how it would look with a belt but I should at least give it a shot and see.

  15. Comfy cuteness. You could totally go from chilling on the couch to a party in that dress.

  16. That looks so comfortable and stylish – a winning combination!

  17. So versatile as Najah says day to night in a snap. I love it. I just downloaded the Anouk I’m very excited to have a go especially after seeing how your Victory turned out. Great job and super fun photos.