April 7, 2017


I am super excited to be launching the Lodo dress sewing pattern today. It’s the dress that was missing from my closet. A little more elevated than a casual tshirt dress, but still comfortable enough to wear every day.  It has two views. View A hits at midcalf for a modern silhouette and View B ends a couple of inches about the knee for. Both versions have a flattering V neck and are straight through the waist and hips for a subtle cocoon shape.

I think that View B is really easy to wear every day of the week. It looks great paired with a jean jacket and sandals or even as a beach coverup that is sufficent enough to walk home in. View A is my go to when I want to look put together without much effort. The knit component keeps it casual enough to wear with flipflops or flats, while it is just as easy to throw on a statement necklace and clogs for something a little more put together. I have yet to try it with booties in the winter but I think that could be pretty great too. I hope you find it just as versatile as I do.

The Lodo dress was designed to be sewn using medium weight knits such as ponte, light weight scuba, and cotton interlock with about 20% stretch. I highly recommend using stable knits such as these to keep the modern shape of the design. Avoid fabrics that are more slinky and really stretchy such as bamboo knits. For View A I used a beautiful 14oz cotton interlock from LA Finch. I am obsessed with this fabric and may have bought it in multiple colors. For View B I found this perfect wide striped ponte from Colorado Fabrics. Both worked great for this pattern because they hold their structure well.


The neckline and armholes of the Lodo Dress are finished with a woven facing. I realize that this is unconventional on a knit garment, but the stable knit, combined with the fact that the neckline and armholes do not need to stretch for wear, make the woven facings possible. These also add more stability and structure to these areas and in my opinion make them easier to sew with precision. These facings are a great way to use up fun quilting cottons or scraps, but be warned that you will see glimpses of this facing through the armhole so make sure that it coordinates with your main fabric. On the neckline below I used some shibori dyed linen that I had made this summer. I love the subtle detail of the contrast and the way it feels on my neck.

If you want your own version, you can purchase the Lodo Dress sewing pattern here.

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  • Reply Meg April 7, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    Love this dress, Kelli! Can’t wait to make it in all the colors!

  • Reply Kaydee April 7, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    I love this dress and can’t wait to see all the versions everywhere this spring and summer! But where are your shoes from?? I adore them

    • Reply True Bias April 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM

      nordstrom last summer. I will cross my fingers for you that they still have them!

  • Reply Linda LaMona April 8, 2017 at 5:45 AM

    Like the simplicity of this dress. Very flattering both short and mid length version.

  • Reply PsychicSewerKathleen April 8, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    I too love the silhouette of this sheath dress – beautiful lines and I agree flattering to all body types 🙂

  • Reply Jill April 8, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    I love this dress! The B&W one looks amazing on you.

  • Reply Sonja April 9, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    These are absolutely gorgeous! They both look so nice on you. I second the question about your shoes- they’re so great!

    • Reply True Bias April 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM

      I got them last year from nordstrom. I was on the hunt for the perfect wedge sandals forever before I found them.

  • Reply Clio April 12, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    What a great summer dress! Congrats Kelli!

  • Reply Julie April 13, 2017 at 7:35 AM

    I really like the shape of this dress – simple but not plain. I am just delving into garment sewing, so forgive me if this is a doofy question, but would adding pockets mess up the silhouette? I am always needing somewhere to put my keys or animal crackers (for the kids, of course 🙂 or some such. Congrats on the new pattern!

    • Reply True Bias April 24, 2017 at 1:02 PM

      not doofy at all. i think you could add pockets, but it might add a bit of bulk at the hips. I would recommend adding pockets in a thinner fabric than your main fabric to lessen the chance of that.

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  • Reply Anne Kirby March 3, 2019 at 6:11 AM

    could I make the lodo dress in woven fabric x

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