It was so exciting to get the chance to test the new and improved size range from True Bias, especially because the first pattern released was the Lodo Dress! I had actually purchased this pattern several years ago in the old size range and attempted to grad it up, but it had some fit issues that I never took the time to revise and sort out. So it is SO FUN to finally be able to wear this pattern!
It turns out that the secret to getting a dress shaped like this to fit my body is a bust dart. YES! You know, I’ve always had this hang up about being plus size but small busted, but I’m finally coming around to the idea that I do need an FBA or, as is becoming more and more common these days, a pattern drafted for a larger cup size. The new size range from True Bias in available in 24-30 and is drafted for a D cup. Yay!
This is my tester version and a few changes were made to the final pattern, but I am really happy with this version and I have been wearing it as much as I can. This is the size 20 bust, 24 waist, and 26 hip. It was kind of a large, awkward grading between sizes but it did work out.
The bust dart was about an inch too low and 1/2″ too long, both of which I fixed for this dress by angling the dart up and shortening. The bust dart was shortened in the final version, but the height wasn’t adjusted. My bust is rather high, so this dart should work well for most people, I would think.
There were a few fit issues in the back with pooling above the butt, but this has been addressed in the final pattern and I’m so excited to give that a try. And honestly, this version is totally passable and it doesn’t bother me at all, after all its in the back 😉
So do you want to know my dirty little secret about this fabric? Its actually the back of a houndstooth ponte from Joann’s. I can’t find it on the website or I would share, but this is a good reminder that you don’t always have to follow the fabric rules! I’m not going to lie, I think it might be a little more staticky and shiny than it would have been the “right” way, but it works and I love the texture.
I’m really excited to give the final version of this pattern a go, because this pattern is just so easy to make and to wear! I love a t-shirt dress, and this just a slightly more stylish version. It works so well over leggings and is a great base for accessorizing. And yay for a great new size range from True Bias, I can’t wait to see what is next!
Just the Facts:
Pattern: True Bias Lodo Dress
Current Measurements: Bust: 46″, Waist 44″, Hip 55″
Fabric/Notions: The “wrong” side of a houndstooth ponte from Joann’s