Victory Lola Pattern Review and Giveaway // Stretch Yourself

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I’m always on the lookout for a great tunic-length top, and the Lola by Victory Patterns is not only a great length, but also interesting and comfortable. I was really excited to sew this one up. It’s unusual for knit patterns to have such detailed seam lines, since the fabric stretches and you don’t need all of the contouring. I really love how the seams add such visual interest and professionalism to this top. And I adore the pockets!! I wore it when my little sister was visiting and when I told her I had made it she was blown away. She said that because of all of the seams, she thought for sure it was off the rack. Homemade clothes looking better than ready to wear is pretty cool!

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Victory Patterns are all offered as PDF downloads, so you can print, tape, trace and sew whenever and wherever you want! I don’t mind taping and tracing at all, so the preparation for this pattern didn’t bother me. I did have to pay attention once it was traced and I was cutting, so that I kept each cut piece of fabric with it’s labeled pattern piece, so that I didn’t mix them up!

The instructions are clear, with color pictures to refer to on each step. I usually prefer illustrated patterns, but the photographs really helped me understand the steps on this one! The construction was so different and fun than a more basic tee! I loved the interesting shapes of the pattern pieces and seeing how they came together! I initially added the detailed triangle at the neckline, but I ended up liking mine better without. I also added a hemband like the pattern suggests, but liked the shape of the unbound hem a little better with this drapey fabric. I cut a size 6 and sewed all of the seams as written. Then I ended up taking in the front bust seams by about 1/2″ each (you know, mother of two post-nursing…) That slight alteration improved the fit to perfect.

 The pattern calls for a “medium weight knit with a slight stretch”. Although this organic french terry that I used is hands-down the most soft and comfortable knit I’ve ever felt, I think it was a little bit drapey for this pattern. The weight of the pockets stretch the seams out a bit, and it reads more dress than sweatshirt. I really love it, and will try it with a little more stable knit next time to see the difference!

Victory has a whole line of modern, urban patterns for women. I really liked the style of the pattern and instructions, as well as the funky angle in the styling. I loved making the Lola and can’t wait to try out another!

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 Pattern: Victory Lola in size 6 Fabric: Luscious organic cotton/lycra french terry from The Fabric Fairy (the most comfortable knit ever!) p.s. did you notice my rad leopard print leggings? I made them, and you can make some too using my leggings tutorial! Head over to Mad Mim to see how her Victory Lola turned out with a different variation! For a chance to win a Victory Lola PDF Pattern, leave a comment below before Tuesday, January 22nd. Good Luck!

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  1. Posted January 16, 2013 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    I’d love to give this pattern a try!

  2. MelissaT
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I am loving that outfit! I’ve never sewn with knits, but I’ve been feeling a little adventurous lately. I would love to win!

  3. Posted January 16, 2013 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I love the tunic length! Looks like a great pattern with lots of versatility.

  4. Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    That is an adorable tunic!

  5. Crystal
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Such a great pattern! would love to try it!

  6. Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I would live in leggings in tunics everyday if I could. Maybe if I won this pattern I could make enough tunics so that I could!

  7. Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    That’s a lovely unusual colour you’ve used!
    Count me in for the giveaway!

  8. Katy
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    You guys are killing it with this series! Thank you thank you thank you!

  9. Jen
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Lola is really a great layering piece and I have to love the pockets! I’m going to have to check out Victory patterns…

  10. Jess Z
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Love seeing your version of the tunic top! I purchased some cute leggings that will go great with a knit jersey fabric I bought a few weeks ago, and I think I must get this pattern for it. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! 🙂

  11. Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    This is cute! I don’t remember being really interested in the Lola pattern when I last looked at Victorys website. But I LOVE your version! Count me in!

  12. Deana
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Kristonlion’s comment above is absolutely right! Victory’s photos didn’t grab me, but I like your version so much! Changing the hem made such a huge difference – the suggested hemband was a little too “80’s” for me 🙂 Looking at your version, I would love to win the pattern!!

  13. melanie
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Ooo I hope I win …

  14. Maren
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Those lines are fantastic. And the color is HOT! Would be a lovely little maternity dress too, eh?

  15. Kristie
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    This is way cute. I like the lines, and how you could make this a dressy sweatshirt if you wanted. Way cute!

  16. Posted January 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I’ve loved this pattern forever! The green and the leopard are cute together.

  17. Posted January 16, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    love the tunic top! i haven’t tried out victory patterns, but i definitely would like to!

  18. Kelly
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I love the color you chose, and the top looks great!


  19. Fawn
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    This looks like a great pattern! I agree that all the seams really make this look retail and not homemade. I am in love with your leggings too!!!

  20. Meg
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Great top! You are amazing.

  21. Posted January 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I love your version! I would love to win the pattern so I could try to make my own!

  22. Kaydee
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I would love to try out this pattern! It sounds like a simple pattern to follow, but the results are fantastic! Great job! 🙂

  23. Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Your sister is right, it so looks like a RTW top with all those seams! Would love to try it. 🙂

  24. Posted January 17, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    This is so cute on you! Don’t count me in for the giveaway– I already have the pattern (and the perfect fabric), but no time to make it up right now! Your version makes me want to push it to the front burner, though! 🙂

  25. eva
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    thanks for this giveaway. good luck 😉

  26. Posted January 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    It looks great! It looks super comfy too. I haven’t made any of the Victory Patterns yet but you’re tempting me to get this one!

  27. fenna
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    That is a very flattering pattern!! Never heard of Victory patterns before!

  28. Angela M
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Looks great! What a fun pattern 🙂

  29. Katie
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    I never sew for myself…it would be great to win this pattern so I can do something for me!

  30. Jillishness
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous! I love the color!
    Crossing my fingers I win!

  31. Christy g
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Looks awesome,

  32. Posted January 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    I love the structure of that top!

  33. Posted January 18, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    This is my favorite! I have a coat with pockets like this and I love them – I can almost go out without a purse with pockets like these. The length of this top is perfect with leggings. The pattern is on my “must make” list now.

  34. Megan D
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I love this! I also love the green color you chose. I would love a chance to sew this pattern!

  35. Julie
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Love it! You look so cool and effortless.

  36. Emily E
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Love this tunic and the colour you used. Can’t wait to try this myself….even if I don’t win 🙂

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