Lou Box Dress 1 by Sew DIY

Just before Christmas I tested* the Lou Box Dress 1 for Beth from Sew DIY. She released the ever popular Lou Box Top a few years back and has expanded that silhouette to include more options. The Lou Box Dress 2 was also tested at the same time and the great thing about these patterns is that they are all interchangeable along with the top.

Both dresses can be made in woven or knit and the suggestion in the pattern to drop a size if working with knit fabrics. For Dress 1, whilst view A features a medium scoop neck, 3/4 length sleeves with cuffs, in-seam pockets, view B has short cuff sleeves and patch pockets, and there is the option of a hem band for knit fabric. The woven versions have neck binding and hem facings. Naturally you could also mix and match the different versions. The construction is quite straight forward and all the pieces fit together perfectly.


I had in mind to make a navy summer dress and used some new royal drill (100% cotton) for view B in a M/L. Now that I look at the photos I think the colour just isn’t right and reminds me of scrubs and I would have preferred a darker blue. That’s no fault of the pattern though.

The pattern is a loose-fitting cocoon shaped dress so is easy to wear and great for layering over long sleeve tops and tights in the winter months although I’m not sure if I should try sizing down next time or perhaps use a fabric with more drape – perhaps I will try both. The dress is a tad short for me as I wear mostly knee-length items at the moment but I’m sure as summer continues it will be an easy dress to throw on and walk out the door although it’s not baby feeding friendly so may have to wait a bit longer on the hanger.

Both dresses are wardrobe work horses and the bundle for both is great value. I’m going to attempt Dress 2 next in a true navy colour I think.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.


Nita Wrap Skirt by Sew DIY

I have been a long time follower of Sew DIY, authored by Beth. Her style is simple, practical and effortless. She has already released a number of patterns but at the time was working on the Nita wrap skirt. My reason for applying to test* this skirt was driven by fabric in this instance.


I have had this twill (unknown composition) in the stash for goodness how long, always envisioning a skirt but wasn’t sure of a pattern. The design of the wrap skirt is perfect as it is a simple silhouette which makes up for the busy print. It has an angled front and three length options as well as three closure options.

The pattern comes in sizes 00 to 20 with printing layers and everything fit together perfectly. There are instructions provided to line the skirt if you wish to do so, there are waist darts, and a built in front facing. Medium-weight woven fabrics are recommended for this pattern.

I went with the midi option and construction is actually quite quick. My fabric had enough body and wasn’t transparent so I omitted the lining. I did stall though when I couldn’t find my D-rings and had to venture back to the shop.

This test round up is well over a year late, it was run through February of 2016, but like always I usually like to complete a garment with the completed pattern and instructions before posting, needless to say, that hasn’t happened. I even bought fabric for version 2, some wine coloured suedette.

I haven’t unfortunately worn this skirt as much as I thought. The print is quite loud and other than the top pictured, I don’t really have much else to wear it with so will need to sort that out in the future. Likewise, it has been a bit impractical for day-to-day wear considering it’s a wrap skirt, sitting on the floor or chasing after kids isn’t the most classy of looks to have too much leg showing. I did add a snap about halfway down the angled front to help with this.

Overall, it’s a great pattern with excellent instructions and I will get around to making another version eventually but it’s my lifestyle that currently limits the practicality of this silhouette.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.