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All About the Lito Dress

Fabric resources, fitting details, and tutorials to help you build your skills.

Posted in: Patterns • February 29, 2020

The Lito dress is inspired by a classic ringer tee, with a little bit of a retro vibe. It has a relaxed fit, and it’s as simple to sew as it is to wear.

This dress sews best in knits with good recovery, like jersey, merino, rib knit, and French terry. The neck and sleeve bands are perfect for a pop of contrasting ribbing.

Krystal is wearing a size 10 Lito dress, lengthened by 1” with 1/2” added to the sleeves. Her measurements are 38 1/2”, 32”, 41 1/2” and she is 5’9”.

Shop for Fabric

When shopping for knits for your Lito dress, the most important thing to consider is recovery. Since Lito is fitted at the chest and has ribbing on the neck and arms, you want a knit with good recovery that won’t stretch out or bag.

For the ribbing, make sure that it is not much heavier than your main fabric, or it can warp your neckline. Try to match the weight of your main fabric as much as possible.

Look for knits like jersey, merino, rib knit, or French terry.

Love the samples in this month’s issue? Here is where we sourced the fabric.

Organic Cotton Spandex Knit in White with Bamboo Cotton Rib Knit in Cayenne, both from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.

Retro Stripe Cotton Spandex Jersey and Bamboo Cotton Rib Knit in Ivory both from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.

Stretch Bamboo Jersey from

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