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!
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.
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.
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!
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!