I’m in kind of a funky place right now. I have a million projects going on (Project #SewMyStyle2018! Sewing Blog 101! Pattern testing!). I’m super busy at work — just a few months until we reopen to researchers after our big move! And I’m also finally starting to really settle into life in St. Louis. I’m so excited about all of these things and yet… no sewjo. Uh, hello, universe, this is an inconvenient time for this! And the best thing for me to do in these situations is to tackle a super easy, super quick project. Enter: The Lou Box Dress 2.
It should honestly come as no surprise that I love the Lou Box Dress 2. I love the Lou Box Top, I love Beth, and I love my Lou Box Dress 1. And really, the amazing part about the Lou Box Dress patterns is that they come from the same top. They’re both so different, but you can see the echoes of the original top in both of them! The Lou Box Dress 2 is simple, flattering, and feminine without being cutesy, and I need a million of them.
The Lou Box Dress 2
Sizing and Fabric
I made my Lou Box Dress 2 in a small, which is my normal size for the Lou. I made no #sewingtall changes, because I wanted to see how Beth (the og #sewingtall pal) drafted. It may be a little on the short side, but definitely work-wearable. Next time I’ll add two inches to the skirt length and call it a day. As is, the long sleeve option is kind of bracelet length on me. I really like the length, so I won’t mess with it.
I used a soft plaid fabric from JOANN for this version. I overbought, intending to plaid match, and failed catastrophically. Seriously, I don’t know how I messed it up so bad! Plaid matching is not my thing, but I really want to get better at it — I love plaid and I keep avoiding it because I just can’t do it!
Anyways, this is the same plaid I used for my gathered sleeve blouse hack, just in a different colorway. It frays like a mother f*cker and I’m not always great about finishing my seams, which is a real bummer. I definitely recommend pinking shears if you don’t have a serger and don’t want to spend a lot of time on the seams.
Sewing the Lou Box Dress 2
Much like literally every other pattern Beth has, the Lou Box Dress 2 is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully explained. All of her patterns are excellent for beginners: simple pieces, easy directions, and timeless silhouettes. It’s the perfect afternoon project. You can go from a couple of yards of fabric to a finished dress in two or three hours.
The only closure on the Lou Box Dress 2 is a button loop, and depending on what version you make, you may not even need it! I made the higher back version for my test, to ensure work wearability. But my next LBD2 is definitely going to be in a black rayon with the low back. I imagine myself feeling so Audrey Hepburn chic in it! You could make one in red for a sexy-without-being-too-sexy Valentine’s Day dress, too.
All of this writing about the Lou Box Dress 2 may have done the trick — I’m itching to make the black one now! And, okay, maybe a red one too. This quick dress is adorable and such a quick sew that it’s definitely a wardrobe staple. Head over to Beth’s site and grab a copy for yourself (I recommend just grabbing the Lou Box Dress bundle!).