Kew Dress

Another make. 

My sister sent me her remnant of this poplin from The Fabric Godmother and knew it would become a great summer dress. While the fabric is listed as lawn on the site, it’s definitely more of a poplin weight with less drape and definitely not sheer like normal lawn (read: this frock is unlined!!)

I’ve been wanting to make a button front dress for a while and the Kew dress fit the bill as it didn’t have a gathered skirt, which wouldn’t have worked with this fabric, and it suited my scant remnant – just 1.2m!! Interestingly this fabric was used in one of the Kew dress pattern samples, so I knew it would work. It was also used on the Colette Penny dress samples, if it looks familiar.

I really love the dress. The bodice fits well and the skirt has just the right amount of flare. I was worried about the colour of the frock with my skin, but I have worn it twice already, as pictured and it feels nice and light and summery.

I didn’t make any fitting changes to the dress aside from slightly grading the waist and fitting the straps as I sewed. The cork-like buttons were found at Lincraft after wandering down the button section for about an hour. Buttons are so hard to find! Especially wood or metal ones that don’t cost a fortune. I think there are 16 or 18 buttons down this dress, so clearly I didn’t want to use any that cost $1 a piece.

I’m planning on making another Kew dress but with a gathered skirt next time.

Happy sewing friends!

  • What a great dress! I’ve been meaning to make a button front dress like this, but have been debating a few different patterns… this one is landing on my list now 🙂 Thanks for sharing your makes!

  • Beth_SunnyGalStudio

    Super cute summer dress

  • Gabrielle

    Ooh I really like this dress – so lovely and summery, and the fit looks great on you. The fact that it takes only 1.2 metres makes me very tempted to make one for myself!!

  • Love that fabric, fab for summer. I nearly bought the Kew but found I had an old ‘style’ pattern that was nearly the same as the view I want to make. But I do like all the options the Kew offers.

  • Ooh it’s a lovely dress – can’t believe you squeezed all of that out of just 1.2m!!! What wizardy 😛