Louisa dress for women: the basic version

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Exactly seven weeks ago I started drawing my very first test version of the Louisa for women. Two weeks later I made this basic Louisa dress with a stunning Nani Iro canvas. Yes canvas. It’s a soft, light weight canvas (of course it’s Nani Iro!), so I dared to use it for my very first Louisa for women. I wanted to have a stunning fabric for my basic version, so I hope you agree that I found the perfect fabric with the help of Nancy, aka De Stoffenmadam.


Back to the dress. I hear you think: it this a Louisa? Yes it as. A very basic one. A dress that can be sewn in about 4 hours, a rather quick project. It includes no darts, all volume is created with the front and back princess seams. How easy is that?

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I made the princes seams go inwards to help me look more slim then I actually am. No I didn’t loose weight anymore: it’s the pattern design that gives you this impression. ;) Isn’t that what we all want?

The general shape of the dress is slightly A-line, but the final design looks rather straight. I just added a small slope. Enough to make the dress comfortable to walk and even ride your bicycle.

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The neckline is a bit more feminine than the kids version. A bit deeper to show the collar-bones (sleutelbeentjes). I love this detail in a women’s body a lot. :)

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The cap sleeve is the first sleeve option and can be compared with the one from the Ileana dress. It’s a doubled sleeve, this way you don’t need to hem it. You can even use a contrast colour for an extra touch.

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A detail of the back and invisible zipper. No matching print as it’s impossible to do this with all the curved panels. But it doesn’t really bother me.

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It took us a long long time to have perfect photoshoot weather so I was getting rather nervous actually. In one week (Monday 7th of December) the pattern will be launched and normally I hope to blog a bit more in advance, but that’s how it goes from time to time with the Belgian weather. :(

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I hope you like the general shape of the pattern so far? On Wednesday I’ll show you the Louisa with the kangaroo pocket. My personal favourite one! Although I love this Nani Iro version too. The fabric is just amazing!

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