The Lou Box Top is a long standing pattern from Sew DIY, originally released in 2015, and Beth has recently re launched the pattern with a few changes. I was lucky enough to test* the updates as this is a really versatile and quick pattern to sew and considering it’s loose fit there aren’t any real pattern alterations I need to make.
If you have purchased the pattern in the past directly from Sew DIY, you will get an email with a link to the pattern. If you purchased from another retailer, email email@example.com with your order confirmation and they will send you a copy of the new pattern.
The top comes with two neckline options and three hem options. In case you are wondering what the changes are to the pattern it’s that the pattern size range has increased, the armhole opening is a little bigger and the length of the top is 2 inches longer as Sew DIY has decided to start drafting for a height of 5’10”. There are lengthen/shorten lines on the pattern to individualise the length to your needs. Also the pattern booklet has had a redesign along with small changes to the instructions.
I made my test version from some thin black and white striped stash fabric, not sure what it is exactly, but it is very old. I chose the curved hem option with the scoop neck and added a contrasting pocket (which is included in the pattern). I immediately wore this after a made it, a couple of times actually within a week. I didn’t shorten the top even though I am 5’4″ as I like the length. I made a size 10 and it is very forgiving, but that is the nature of the design.
After testing a few changes were made to the pattern such as the neck opening was made slightly smaller and scoop neck less deep. I plan to make another version soon to reflect those changes.
Check out the Sew DIY blog as there are a number of posts about the new Lou Box Top.
*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.