Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Testing, testing: Sew DIY Lou Box Dress

I've been mad for plaid since moving to Vermont... no signs of stopping in the new year!



This plaid number is my tester version of the latest pattern from Sew DIY, the Lou Box Dress


Beth based the dress on her extremely popular Lou Box Top pattern. There are two versions of the Lou Box Dress, 1 and 2 (or save a bit with a bundle of both!)


I chose to make Lou Box Dress 1, described below:

"The Lou Box Dress 1 is a loose-fitting cocoon style dress. Worn alone, it’s perfect for warm
summer days. Paired with a sweater, tights and boots, it will take you through the colder months. Make it in linen for a casual look or printed silk for a luxurious night out. View A features a medium scoop neck, 3/4 length sleeves with cuffs, in-seam pockets and a knee-length skirt. View B features short cuffsleeves and patch pockets."


Mine is View A, with the scoop neck and longer sleeves with cuffs, but with the patch pockets of View B. I sewed a size M/L at the bust graded to a L/XL at the hip, which worked out well. It's quite a roomy pattern, so if you want a closer fit or are on the cusp of two sizes, which I was, size down. I bet I could have gotten away with a straight M/L, no problem.


To make my Lou Box Dress more seasonal, I cut it out of some plaid flannel shirting from Joann. I tried to match the plaid along the side seams and tried to get the sleeves to look about the same, but didn't bother with matching elsewhere. I cut the cuffs and patch pockets cut on the bias for a bit of visual interest.


For me, the dress is a wee bit short as-is, so I am wearing it with leggings. Also, it was freezing and windy the day I took these photos, so there was no way I was going bare-legged!


I love the high-low hem, cocoon shape and faced hems of Lou Box Dress 1. Some of my favorite features, as you know. I also appreciate that it can be made with a wide variety of fabrics, including both wovens and knits. You can completely change the look the dress depending on your fabric choice.


I love this dress. I'll definitely continue to wear it more like a tunic, with leggings. And now that it's even colder here, definitely with a long sleeved t-shirt underneath, too! I've got visions of a cozy fleece or french terry version floating through my mind right now after seeing Beth's striped version...

23 comments:

  1. I quite like this. You are looking well, Meg. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks!! Happy new year to you, too!

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  2. This looks lovely on you! I like the style.

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  3. Very cute! I like the cocoon shape a lot!!

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    1. Thanks, Gillian! I can't get enough of cocoon shape.

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  4. LOVE IT, wasn't so sure as I began to scroll down the picture but the whole silhouette is very striking. Cant wait to make it, this one will jump the queue.

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    1. Thank you! It's a cute and very versatile pattern, methinks.

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  5. I think the dress is cute on you, and looks great in the flannel with the leggings!

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    1. Thank you! Trying to keep it cozy, although it's not quite warm enough for the temps we've had this week.

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  6. That looks so great on you! I don't look good in cocoon shapes and always find it fascinating to see people like you wearing them in such a flattering way!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love the cocoon shape precisely because it's not trying to be flattering. You gotta just lean into the oversized shape.

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  7. I love the plaid paired with leggings -- I cut a plaid Farrow dress to wear black leggings. Great minds think alike :)

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    1. Ooh- looking forward to your Farrow! I bet that will look really cool with the angled seamlines.

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  8. Since I saw your version of the dress I've looked at a few others and realize the reason I like yours so much is because you used the plaid...and used it so well! Gorgeous dress!

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn! I know I am just feeding into the Vermont stereotype with the plaid, but I am loving it right now.

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    2. No not at all and plaid is pretty popular right now. LOL!

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  9. You wear this silhouette better than anyone I can think of. I love it in the plaid. (Though I love just about anything in plaid.)

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    1. Aw, thanks! I am definitely on the plaid train after having been off of it for 6 or so years abroad.

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  10. I am absolutely in love with your version!!! It is just perfect. And it looks great on you. Did you leave the length as per the pattern? I think it looks good on you! And I am off to buy the pattern now.

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  11. Hi Meg, this looks so cute and comfy. I do love a cocoon shaped dress. So, question for you: how does the lou box dress 1 compare to the stylearc adelaide dress for you?

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