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The Louisa dress: for myself!

By Saturday,6 December,2014Blog, Louisa dress

Although I’m in the final stage of developing the Julia sweater pattern, I couldn’t resist experimenting with the Louisa dress! When Katelijne from Mondepot asked me to sew with her fabrics for a professional photo shoot, I just knew that I wanted to make a first Louisa dress for myself. Although the deadline was rather short,  I’ve sewn two versions before I dared to cut this final dress for the shoot!

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I still have to finetune the pattern but I’m fairly happy with the result so far. Of course I didn’t just copy paste the kids’ pattern, I made the general shape more feminine! The women Louisa will not be an Aline dress as you can tell.

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Several options will be included in the pattern. Even one without the pocket in the front. I have sewn a ‘basic Louisa’ before this one and I love the dress also without the pocket! This is the first sleeve I drew. Personally one of my all time favourite sleeves.

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I used two solid fabrics from Katelijne’s shop from the great brand Mis en plis. To make the dress more special, I cut some panels for the pocket. I also made the piping myself. The Louisa is designed for cotton / satin stretch fabrics. The stretch is really important to me, because I want the final dress to be really comfortable and chique at the same time. I would love to know what you think of this first version? Since it’s a test dress and I still have to optimise is, I would be happy to hear your honest opinion!

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Last but not least, I would like to ‘warn’ you that I will not have the pattern available in a short timeframe. This is a complex project that needs a lot of time and after the Julia, I have to focus on another project first! Too much work! :) I would like to launch this dress in February, but it all depends on how fast I can understand how grading for women sizes for complex patterns work… It’s a nice challenge that I want to bring to a good end!

Thanks for inviting me to be part of the photo shoot and offering me these fabrics Katelijne!

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