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