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?