Ninalee Kew Dress

I stumbled upon this dress on one of my Insta stalks. There are so many gorgeous version of this online. If you’re wanting to have a look for yourself just search the hashtag #ninaleekewdress. Ninalee is a UK based pattern company, which I had never seen or heard before so it was great to add them to my list of designers!

Description: Long flowy dress with fitted top with either sleeves or straps with off-the-shoulder sleeves.
Pattern: Ninelee Kew Dress
Material: Rayon from Spotlight

I made this dress with rayon material and looking at the different versions, I think I would have preferred making it with some fabric with a bit of stiffness in it. Such as cotton blend, linen blends or even a light-weight denim.

You can see from the photos that I made the dress shorter than the original version. I also took out a bit of the width in the skirt to make it a more fitted.

This material just feels a bit too light for this dress and maybe a bit too floppy. I do really like the style of it though. Apart from the skirt alterations I did have to take it in a bit at the top and still found it a bit baggy around my bust. So maybe I’ll create a proper muslin next time to get it perfect.

This dress also requires a lot of buttons! I used to find by the time you purchased your buttons you may as well have just gone out and purchased a dress, given how expensive they can be. So instead, I got a bulk buy off Etsy and Ebay and that’s brought down my costs substantially.

I’ve used this button box for a number of projects, which is perfect for work shirts, skirts and heaps more. If you’re like me and trying to save money with your home projects I would highly recommend finding some cute bulk buttons online!

Have you found any good Indie pattern companies lately? What’s your go to tip for saving money on projects?

Happy Sewing!

Erin xx

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