Violette Field Threads deserves one more rave. Now they have given their fans the opportunity to support a good cause and free patterns to help. Their Give Hope Campaign seeks to provided 130 orphans with pretty clothes to wear. They ask that fans make one (or more) of a select set of patterns, which are then placed in a bag with the size labeled and sent to VFT who hope to provide each girl with two full outfits.
While the free dress, Hope, is a great dress pattern it is a bit light weight for winter for A, who easily gets chilled, but the free top, Lola, allowed me to make a top that can be worn now as a pinafore or top and next spring/summer as a top/dress. Whipping up a second Lola at the same time was easy peasy. Lola works up quickly and I recommend it. I would recommend double checking your yardage If you can cut your straps cross grain rather than grain you would need much less. Double checking the length of the elastic is also a good idea. Having made a 2T and wanting it to last I used the recommended 5″ length and found it was a bit tight on A. She usually wears 12-18 month clothes and fits the 2T Matilda with room to grow. 7″ elastic seems to be better suited for A’s Lola
VFT Lola styled by A of Almost 2 Styling
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This picture shows how the tight (5″) elastic is causing Lola to ride up over A’s post lunch belly, while simultaneously pulling her shirt down in front. Changing the elastic should leave Lola with a little room to grow, while giving a decent fit.