True Bias | Lodo Dress with sleeves

You know how it’s annoying when a blogger disappears and never gives a proper sign off or at least a Hey I’m a bit busy for this space I probably won’t be posting anymore… ? *Cough, cough* Anyway… Just popping in to say that yeah, new posts probably won’t be happening around these parts. I have and will continue to be on IG (well, until the algorithms drive me away… ugh) but I’ve kinda moved on from my own blogging, especially when I have to choose between sewing, and writing about sewing. Sewing always wins. I started working as a substitute teacher last year so between that and the regular after school runaround and keeping up with four kids, I just don’t have the time/interest to keep up with this space. I don’t plan on deleting the blog (though tbh, the blog name feels a little cringe-worthy to me now) so no worries if you have something bookmarked. I still get a lot of hits on certain posts, so those will all remain. And who knows, I may pop back in from time to time when I have something I just must share. Like today!

Recently I was struck with the idea of making the True Bias Lodo Dress with sleeves thinking it would be super comfy to wear this fall and basically I had to have it like now. You know how it goes. I really liked this pattern when it came out, but  didn’t think it would work for my pear shape. My measurements put me at like a 4 at the bust, and a 10/12 at the hip. So… yeah.  I ended up blending from a 6 at the bust to a 10 at the hip. Then I added a little extra on the side seams on the back only at the hip, because that’s where I need the extra width. I think this worked out really well to accommodate my shape while retaining the cocoon shape of the pattern.

I also did a square shoulder adjustment. Because I’m more petite from shoulder to waist, I dropped the shoulder seam at CF/CB, rather than raise the seam line at the shoulder. I marked where my shoulder hits, cut out the neckline, cut along the shoulder seam line, then dropped the neckline down by 1/4″ and pivoted the shoulder seam down to match (note that the shoulder seam actually gets shortened slightly because the angle is less steep). On the front, I made my cut partway down the V-neck, then blended the line. Effectively this raised the V by 1/4″.  Lastly, I lengthened the hem by 1″.

For the added sleeves, I started out by tracing the sleeve from the Grainline Hemlock Tee. I wanted a deeper armhole, so I widened the sleeve cap and also curved it a little so I didn’t end up with too much extra fabric under the arm. Just to be really confusing, the Hemlock Tee has a 1/4″ SA, which I ignored since I am using thicker fabric than that tee is designed for, and added a 3/8″ SA all around. After basting everything together and trying it on, I decided to narrow the sleeve back down to the original width below the elbow. My sleeves here are shorter than the Hemlock sleeves because I ran out of fabric. When I bought my fabric there was just shy of 1.5 yds available so I couldn’t fit the full sleeve length on my yardage!

I would love to make another one of these, and if I do I would probably extend the shoulder line by about 1″ and curve the seam line under the arm to make it easier to sew up the side seams. Otherwise, I’m really happy with how this came out! My fabric is a cotton/lycra ponte, so it has good body and nice stretch. I was worried about it bagging out during the day, but that didn’t happen. In the store, the fabric looked decidedly olive-colored, but in regular light it’s olive with heavy brown undertones. Kinda bummed about that, but it won’t stop me from wearing it.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and read my posts over the years… it’s been fun 🙂

lisa g.

10 thoughts on “True Bias | Lodo Dress with sleeves

  1. sewbusylizzy says:

    I’ve always loved your blog & makes but absolutely understand where you are coming from. I seriously considered stopping my blog but it’s been a good distraction after my accident.
    So I’ll be seeing you on IG!

    • lisa g says:

      So nice of you to say! And I’m glad you’ve kept blogging—it’s nice to keep up with people whose blogs I have been reading for years. There’s a whole crop of old favorites who have dropped off the map.

  2. Teri says:

    Glad to see you back, even if it’s only to say goodbye to the blog! I really love your idea to add sleeves to the Lodo dress. They look so good and it makes a perfect dress for Fall and Winter. I always seem to pick olive fabrics that turn out to look brown in daylight. It’s totally frustrating when that’s not what I want. It looks great with your tights and brown boots! I’ll be looking forward to seeing your future sewing (and baking) on Instagram!

    • lisa g says:

      Okay, so it’s not just me with the olive/brown thing? So annoying! Wish I knew how to avoid this happening. Anyway, I do miss the camaraderie and sewing talk that the blog gave me, but writing this post reminded me just how much time a “simple” post takes! At least IG is an easy way to scratch that itch. Glad others—like you—are still writing, because I’ll never quit reading sewing blogs!

  3. Masha says:

    It turned out great, and I love the color on you. I’m sad that you are not blogging anymore; I love reading blogs and the IG algorithm makes me batty – I still use IG but I don’t even try to catch up anymore and I know I miss a ton. Anyway, great job!!

    • lisa g says:

      Thank you! I don’t mind the color, I just wish it were more green. Weird how it looks so different in different light! I do wish I had more time for the blog, but I feel good giving myself permission to not keep up with it.

  4. poppykettle says:

    Life, huh? Yeah I know that feeling 😐 and it’s not all so bad. Thank goodness we have instagram… at least until, like you say, they ruin it for us. I’ve always loved reading the details about your makes (and your costumes!) for both yourself and your family, so you will be missed on this medium 🙂

  5. Anne says:

    Looks really good on you! I find myself constantly attractid to olive colored fabric it’s my new black .
    I totally get your good bye. Sewing is more fun than blogging. But I will miss your posts!
    I find myself struggling with IG, I seem to miss the interesting stuff and only find the boring pictures of a ‘perfect’ life 😄 But like I said, very understandable!

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