Buggy has been in my ear for some time now to make her a floor-length dress. Actually, I know she has something flamboyant in mind with layers of tulle and chiffon, sure why not? – we may have drooled over some pictures together once and if I get my act together this dreamy outfit will become reality. In the meantime, I thought the Loli dress from Issue 14 of One Thimble, was an excellent place to start her maxi dress wardrobe, using this bright floral spring fabric I picked up eons ago.

loli dress extended floor length maxi dress

The classic Loli is designed by Bobkin Designs with an original intent of a retro mid-thigh hemline. I love this sort of look but my whimsical dancing daughter above does not, so we simply extended the skirt line till we hit the floor!

loli dress cross over straps dress

The dress has either an elastic back (the option we chose) or buttons down the back, with cross-over straps that tie on the shoulder.

loli dress spring floral voile

Bobkin Designs rates this pattern as an intermediate. Personally, I think a beginner could give it a go, the construction is not difficult, but her instructions are directed to a more experienced seamstress, so if you want a pattern that spells each step out (which I personally still love and appreciate), you may struggle. And oddly, step 5 is not a step following step 4, it is a third method of constructing this dress…. (little bit confusing…)

loli dress wisteria

I wanted to add a little something to the front of my Loli so I constructed a simple fabric flower – not included in the pattern.

loli dress fabric flower one thimble

(Whoops, yep change of scene. After the park we hit the beach!)

one thimble sewing magazine

My fabric is a no-name voile from Spotlight – I love the drape and flow it provides especially with a little sea breeze!

loli dress maxi dress floor length

If you’re still sitting on the fence about the pattern, sew it for the name. Buggy took great delight in making our family guess what it was called!

loli dress spring floral one thimble issue 14

Such a cheeky monkey…

loli dress cross over straps