DIY Navy Crinkle Cocoon Dress - Lou Box Dress 1

DIY Navy Crinkle Cocoon Dress - Lou Box Dress 1

One of my pattern testers recently posted on IG that she has made FOUR (!!!) Lou Box Dress 1’s and that each of them feels completely different. First off, I love hearing when someone has made one of my patterns more than once. It fills me up with warm, gooey feelings. In a good way. :)

Second, this insight proves that simple silhouettes can be immensely versatile. Using different fabrics to make the Lou Box Dress or Lou Box Top results in very different garments, without that repeat feeling. Because these patterns can be made in woven or in knit fabric the possibilities are even greater than with most patterns. With the Lou Box Dress 1, I can use a sweatshirt fabric for a cozy, lounge dress or choose a yummy woven fabric like the sand-washed crinkle rayon that I used for this chic and sophisticated version.

Video Tutorial - How to sew the Lou Box Dress 1 short cuff sleeves

Video Tutorial - How to sew the Lou Box Dress 1 short cuff sleeves

Hi sew-friends! Last week, I released the updated Lou Box Dress patterns and over the next few weeks I’ll be adding a few additional posts to the existing sewalong. These patterns are rated at a beginner level but everyone could use a little help now and then! Today, I’m sharing a video tutorial, showing you how to sew the short cuff sleeves of the Lou Box Dress 1 pattern. These cuffs are a little bit tricky to attach because they are a smaller piece fitting into a larger armhole but do not fear! I’m going to show you my methods for sewing them without any wrinkles or puckers.

DIY Floral Gathered Waist Dress - Lou Box Dress Hack

DIY Floral Gathered Waist Dress - Lou Box Dress Hack

Today I’m super excited to share a Lou Box Dress mashup with you. (If you follow me on Instagram, then you might recognize it from a couple of sneaky posts last week.) In case you’re not familiar with these patterns, the Lou Box Dress 1 and Lou Box Dress 2 are both based on the Lou Box Top (pretty obvs right?). The coolest part is that now that the dresses have had the sizing updated, all the pattern pieces can be mixed and matched for endless variations. I have been thinking about trying to calculate how many variations are possible but decided that would take away too much sewing time. ;)