Testing the Lewis dress and top pattern.

I just managed to squeeze publishing the Lewis dress and top pattern into 2021. The Lewis pattern had a huge amount of testers, it was so great to see so many very different versions from one pattern. As always there was a lot of invaluable feedback about the pattern from a great bunch of testers.

Let me share what they made. Starting with the dress version.

I’m going to share the testers instagram tags so you can follow this gang of talented sewers and their journeys in the world of sewing.

Abi
Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Abi choose to make the dress version without the frills. She opted for this incredible checked flame orange flannel for her Lewis dress.

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

The check placement and pattern matching is spot on. The fit looks perfect and I can imagine it is as comfortable as it is it is stylish!

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Christie

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Christie made her Lewis dress with the plain front and the volume sleeve. The pattern is marked with information for where to place the pattern piece for each version.

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Teamed with trainers makes this a perfect everyday dress.

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Tanja

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Tanja made this simple pale grey understated dress version with the slim sleeve and plain front. This dress looks so beautifully made. She used a bed sheet to make her Lewis dress.  Who knew a sheet could look so sophisticated!

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Karen

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Karen also made her Lewis dress with the slim sleeve and plain front in this pretty blue and white floral print. Another great everyday dress.

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Karen shares her makes in more detail on her YouTube channel.

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Clare

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Clare made the same slim sleeve and plain front version in a black watch tartan print. This seems like a perfect choice ahead of Christmas.

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

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Anila

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Anila made more than one version, she chose some beautiful subtle prints. This simple version taking out the frill and made with the slim sleeve offers a different every day dress version.

The Lewis top like the dress can be made with or without the button front and with or without the frills. The Lewis top features a shaped hem and is cut slightly looser than the dress. The testers again proved that the style can cross over from day to evening and cater for different tastes.

Vicki

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Vicki made the Lewis top with a button front, volume sleeves and added the frill. Picking out pale pink buttons to match the print adds the final flourish.

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Lisa

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Lisa also made the volume sleeve Lewis top with button front and frill. She used a crisper fabric giving the top a different look that works equally well.

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Lisa also styled her Lewis top with dungarees which looks great too.

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Zhada

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Another button front, full sleeve Lewis by Zhada. This time in a beautiful bold African wax print.

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Rebecca

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Rebecca also opted for the full sleeve Lewis with button front, she made her version in double gauze. This looks so easy to wear and the contrast buttons add a touch of extra detail.

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Jo

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Jo used a semi sheer fabric to create her Lewis top. The sheer quality and colour of the fabric gives this version possibilities for day or evening wear.

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

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Debbie

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Debbie made the plain fronted Lewis with the volume sleeve in a pretty floral fabric.

Beth

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Beth made her Lewis top in another pretty floral fabric, picking out the red for the buttons. She also made an alteration to the length by cutting the top shorter and straight.

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Adam

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Adam made this simple blue version for his mum. He made the plain fronted version. I think the centre front seam was a mistake however it could easily be added as a design feature.

Adam has a vlog on YouTube where he shares his sewing adventures.

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Adigoni

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Adigoni opted to keep it simple with plain black for her slim sleeve and plain fronted version of Lewis. Simple and sophisticated.

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

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Charlie

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Charlie offered another simple sophisticated version in this textured soft pink fabric trimmed and accessorised with silver.

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A big thank you to all the testers for their great makes, input and feedback. You have definitely shown this pattern can cater for all sorts of occasions from casual every day wear to evening wear.

 

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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