Lou Box Dress 1 by Sew DIY


I must have been in a little bubble when this pattern was released over a month ago because I have only just discovered it this past week, and had to make it immediately.

I saw Natalie’s (@sewhungryhippie) cream knit version on Instagram and fell in love.  I had been looking for a pattern like this that was floaty and roomy yet flattering.  

  • I love that this pattern can be made with woven or knit fabrics and will create a completely different looking garment depending on fabric choice.  
  • I can see this dress being worn in all conditions: in summer as is and in winter with a long sleeved merino tee, tights underneath and a cardy (see it worn with my new Driftless Cardigan below).  

  • I’m also a sucker for a high/low hem and long sleeves on dresses.


Fabric Deets: I used our (now sold out) Art Gallery Fabrics rayon.  I had been saving it for a Kalle Shirt Dress but when I saw this pattern I instinctively knew that this was the right fabric for this pattern.  I made the XS/S size and I used every scrap of the 1.5m that I had of this fabric.  I omitted the inseam pockets (personal preference) but would have liked a patch pocket.  I also cut the sleeve (pattern piece #3) on the cross grain to make it all fit.


Instructions and Construction: This pattern was a breeze to put together.  It is a beginner pattern for sure but the instructions are easy to follow, with no tricky techniques.  I sewed this dress in one evening, once the kids were in bed.


Fit and Finish:  This dress is ease-tastic and floaty (in this rayon).  Think secret pajamas.  Yet still figure flattering.  I. LOVE. IT.

I think the only thing I would change next time would be to add an inch or two to the front hem (hopefully without compromising the high/low hem).  I am 163cm and the front hem of the dress falls about 2-3 inches above my knee.  This is going to sound silly but as I’ve gotten older (all 37 years) I don't like to show as much leg as maybe once did.  Minor details though.


I love this pattern!


Final Thoughts:  I really love this pattern.  It is so quick and simple to make yet the finished garment is stylish and easy to wear.  I love the versatility of this pattern and I have another two dresses in the pipeline, one in a woven and one in a knit.  I will be sure to share them with you.

Until next time

Claire xox