When we were in Vancouver, I took Froo fabric shopping and she picked out the cutest catnap fabric and coordinating peachy-pink knit to make a skirt and a shirt. I didn’t have a pattern in mind, so when I read that Marte from Compagnie-M was looking for pattern testers for the Lotta skirt, I submitted a request and was given a test pattern!
I made the Lotta skirt in size 6, with the hem lengthened by 1″. It features a flat waistband with a gathered skirt. I love this look!
I think the pockets are what makes this skirt so unique. I used leftover coral pink voile from Froo’s practice flower girl dress to create the contrasting inside pocket. I used heart-shaped brown buttons to stitch the pocket flap in place.
There is an invisible zipper in the back of the skirt and the waistband is adjustable using buttonhole elastic. I couldn’t find buttonhole elastic, so I stitched my own buttonholes on some elastic and it worked perfectly fine.
While making the Lotta skirt, I thought I would make a Mara blouse, to keep within the same patten company. It’s been almost a year since I first made a couple of Mara blouses. I made a size 7 (since it was already cut out) in a lycra blend cotton knit fabric.
I made quite a few changes: overlapped front yokes for centered buttonholes instead of loops, replaced pintucks with gathers, narrowed long sleeves without elastic casings and a hidden bias-bound collar using my method for a single-fold bias tape hem.
I made one slight change (that isn’t noticeable from the outside, but more of a technical construction tip)–from the inside of the blouse, I pressed the seams of the front yoke out (towards the shirt), then I stitched-in-the-ditch between the piping and the shirt on the front side. The instructions tell you to press the front yoke upwards, but I found that this makes for a wavy front yoke that doesn’t lay completely flat since there are curves and a lot of layers with the piping.
The Mara blouse and Lotta skirt as a complete outfit is a bit matchy-matchy for my liking. I love each piece separately and they still work together, but I think the knit shirt would look lovely paired with jeans and the skirt with a shirt tucked in.
Marte is releasing her Lotta skirt pattern today! It also comes in teen/adult sizes–I wish I had purchased more than 1 metre of the catnap fabric to make one for me. There is a 10% discount on the purchase of your Lotta skirt pattern during the pattern tour, with a chance at a giveaway. Bonne chance!
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