Fellow sewing addicts, I don’t think I’m alone when I tell you I’ve got a new obsession… Nina Lee Patterns!
I am a huge fan of independent/indie sewing labels and every so often a new one pops up that inspires us and helps us to create our dream handmade wardrobe… and in March this year Nina Lee did just that with her launch that included three beautiful patterns and the brand has continued growing since!
I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for The Kew Dress, as soon as I saw the line drawings I was in love! The dress has three different options; tea dress style with sleeves, straps and cold shoulder sleeve or a skirt. I opted for the version with the straps and cold shoulder.
The garment has a fitted bodice, a skirt piece that features a high low hemline and a button fastening all the way down the front of the dress. Dependant on fabric this pattern can be dressed down for summer days or dressed up for evenings out.
For my tester Kew Dress I picked a fabric from my stash, a patterned Crepe from fabric land at £2.99 a meter. Nothing i’d been saving for a special make, however as the dress started to come together and take shape I was love in and decided that I was going to wear it to my brother in laws wedding.
Once I’d decided this I made self covered buttons which finished it off perfectly. It was just right for the occasion dressed up with heels, it was cool in the sunshine and beautifully swishy on the dance floor! My email to Nina Lee, once I’d finished the dress, was just me gushing over my love of the pattern and how grateful I was for the timing as the perfect wedding guest outfit!
That being said it’s not just a pattern for summer, I hosted a dinner dance event at work in November that required me to dress up and my immediate thought was to make The Kew Dress, and that is how my gorgeous second version came about.
I picked the fabric used for my second Kew during a visit to Sewisfaction in Wokingham (who is also a stockist of Nina Lee printed patterns), it’s a Crepe called ‘tales of the orient’. If I’d have had the time for this version I would’ve made covered buttons again but unfortunately I didn’t so simple black buttons had to do. I think this version may be one of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe, I feel so feminine in it and the style is flattering on my shape.
Wearing this dress at the event was the first time many of my colleagues and customers discovered I am a Seamstress and make my own clothes (I wear a uniform every day)- is anyone else shy about this? I’m aware how ironic this is as I have a blog and social media accounts documenting it, it just never really came up in discussion so has gone unknown in that part of my life… that and the fear of being asked to hem trousers, fix zips and make curtains constantly!
I’m sure 2018 will involve more Kew Dresses being added to my sewing list alongside the two other Nina Lee Patterns on my cutting table; the Bloomsbury top & Portobello trousers.
Which Nina Lee Pattern has been your favourite so far? I look forward to 2018 & seeing what exciting launches Nina Lee has planned!