Dreamy Dark Floral Dress

A review of Nina Lee Bakerloo Blouse and Dress

Reviewed by Natasha on 2nd November, 2021

How fabulous is this fabric! At this time of year, the floral print in muted tones and the dark background make this fabric perfect for a winter dress.

It is a lovely quality viscose crepe that has a great weight and lots of drape to it. There is so much scope for creation with this print – the pink and beige flowers are really sweet! I think would make a cute pussy bow blouse, or a vintage style button up tea dress which I was tempted towards (I’m thinking of purchasing this fabric in the mint colour for such a dress).

Here’s my version of Nina Lee’s Bakerloo dress. I think this is the perfect fabric/pattern match!

The pattern has a blouse and dress option, and is suitable for a wide range of fabrics. Closing with a button and keyhole at the centre-back, the pattern skims the bust into a loose fit around the waist for ease and comfort. The dress variation has a full gathered and pocketed skirt. The balloon sleeves with two different length option gather into elasticated cuffs with ruffled edges. As you can tell, there are so many ways to make this pattern uniquely yours.

I made the dress version in size 12. I didn’t have enough fabric to make the dress straight from the pattern so a few changes were made:
– I modified my sleeves slightly. I took 3 inches off the length, cut them straighter and narrower to take out some volume and gathered them into a cuff at the wrist instead of elastic.
– I used plain black cotton lawn to highlight the collar ruffle.
– It was a little too roomy around the waist (finished measurement is waist 34”, my waist is 31”) so I added waist ties in the side seam for a little more shape.

The pattern instructions all made sense, simple enough to follow with clear instructions and pictures. Viscose is relatively simple to sew if you use the right sized needle, but make sure you pin and cut everything accurately. I used a 70/10 needle and pinned everything with super fine/silk pins.

This dress is perfect – I can “grunge” this up with thick tights and chunky Doc Martens for a winter day dress, pair with heeled ankle boots for evenings watching a band at my local pub, and loafers or sandals in spring/summer. I am smitten with this dress! 🖤

I’m keen to make a blouse version too. I think the statement collar would look fabulous layered under the pinafore or a sweater.

Have you made the Bakerloo Dress or Blouse? If not, I hope this has inspired you to create your own statement collar dream dress!