Maybe my first post of the new year will always be an amazing new dress!  Last year, it was the Orla Dress.  This year, I’m so excited to tell you a little about one of the two new SewDIY patterns: the Lou Box Dress One!  My love for the Lou Box Top is well-documented — you can catch me wearing one on Instagram pretty frequently, and you guys really liked my ruffle bottom hack!  I really didn’t think the pattern could get any better.  Then, Beth emailed to ask if I’d like to test her two new Lou Box Dress patterns.  I screamed, emailed back yes of COURSE, screamed a little more, and then promptly got to work.  Both of the new patterns are amazing, but I’ll stick to telling you a little more about the Lou Box Dress One today.

This DIY Cocoon dress is such a simple make, and the perfect addition to a winter work wardrobe!  Check out my review >> MaddieMadeThis.com

The Lou Box Dress One

Fabric and Sizing

My Lou Box Dress One is a small, which is the same size as my tops.  It’s a pretty blousy top, so I was interested to see how it translated to this dress.  The Lou Box Dress One has a definite cocoon shape, which is perfect for the winter weather we’ve got here in St. Louis right now!  Since Beth is a #sewingtall friend, I was interested to see how the pattern fit me as drafted.  I didn’t add any length to the dress, and I really love it.  It’s a little more tunic length than dress, but it’s perfect for my wardrobe as it is.

This DIY Cocoon dress is such a simple make, and the perfect addition to a winter work wardrobe!  Check out my review >> MaddieMadeThis.com

The fabric is a knit from JOANN — pretty sure it’s this one.  It’s super soft, and reversible!  I meant to use the white side for the patch pockets, and then of course totally forgot.  I never went back and fixed it though, because I do think it would be a little too contrasty.

Sewing the Lou Box Dress One

I’ve gotten the Lou Box Top down to like, a 45 minute sew.  It’s super fast to cut, and seriously quick to sew up.  The Lou Box Dress One is another amazingly speedy make!  It’s eight whole pieces if you’re counting pockets and sleeves individually.  And it’s super simple to make, too!  Beth has amazing directions and lovely drawings to go with.  Like all her other patterns, this is absolutely beginner-friendly.  You don’t even have to insert a closure!

Unsurprisingly, I am super in love with the Lou Box Dress One.  My version is super cozy — definitely secret pajamas — and they’re so easy to make!  I can definitely see myself making one or two more.  This pattern was released today, so head over to Beth’s site now and grab one for yourself!  And stay tuned for more on the Lou Box Dress Two later this month!

PS — today is the last day to enter my giveaway for credit to my new Etsy shop!  Head over to that linked Instagram post to learn more on how to enter!