I had the honour to test two patterns for Beth from Sew DIY. And since there were released yesterday I am now able to share them with you. Meet version one and two of the Lou Box dress!
Beth did a very good job in delivering two patterns that kind of enable you to make all the dresses you like to make. You can mix and match all body/sleeve/waist/hem options to make the perfect dress of your dreams. Now you tell me you are not looking for a pattern like that?
WHAT I MADE part 1
Size made: M/L in a woven fabric
Alterations made: I started out with long sleeves, but in the end decided that I liked them better with shorter sleeves so I chopped a couple of cm’s off. For the other #sewingtall people out there: I first added length on two places. At the waist 3 cm’s and at the bottom hem 5 cm’s. Those 5 cm’s at the hem were not needed at all so I removed them in the end. However, if I now compare my version to the one of Beth, those 5cm’s were needed to make the intended length. I liked it better when it was a bit shorter because of the volume in the dress.
Conclusion: It has pockets! So me loves this dress <3. Simple to make as well! Sews up quickly, good for a beginner. I added a lining to the skirt part due to clingy poly fabric and I love it now!
You see! Pockets! And the best is that you don’t even see the big phone in my pocket because of the drapey skirt!
Did I mention the elasticated waist? I love it! Since my waist size is really depending on what I had for breakfast/lunch/dinner this assures me that the dress is still comfortable to wear after a pizza dinner with an icecream dessert.
WHAT I MADE part 2
Size made: XS/S in a knitted fabric. Really size down when you are using a knit, otherwise it will be very huge on you..
Alterations made: Since it’s winter on this side of the planet I went for the long sleeves of the Lou box dress one.
Conclusions: Not sure my fabric choice is the most flattering because the fabric is not really fluid, but it’s my go to weekend lounge dress for the last couple of weeks! For next version I will however check the length of the bottom band a bit better. I don’t think my fabric had the recommended amount of stretch, so this made it really hard to attach the bottom band without getting the hem to gather a bit (which I am not a big fan of). So check before you attach/cut!
While I dressed it up for the picture, it makes a pretty good ‘Netflix & chill’ outfit if you combine it with a comfy pair of leggings!
And the bonus picture with my Grainline Driftless cardigan, a thrown on piece that makes every outfit comfortable warm. I’ll blog about that one when I have time 😉
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