Kew Dress and Skirt

Nina Lee



Buy the Kew Dress and Skirt sewing pattern from Nina Lee. Kew is a dreamy blend of vintage and contemporary elements inspired by the British summertime. Version 1 has a touch of 1940s tea dress, with ruched sleeves for those cooler days. Version 2 is hot-weather ready, with a strappy bodice and the option of on-trend cold-shoulder sleeves. Version 3 is a skirt adaptation, perfect for dressing up or down all year-round. The skirt for all three versions features an elegantly flattering high-low hem which dips at the back. All three options close with a front button fastening, and are finished on the inside with facings.

Suggested fabrics: Version 1: light to medium-weight fabrics with some drape, such as rayon, viscose, crepe, linen blends // Versions 2 and 3: as for version 1, as well as lightweight cotton, such as cotton lawn, or linen. Version 3 would also work well in medium-weight fabrics such as denim or corduroy.

Fabric requirements: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: Version 1, 1.6 – 2.3 m (1 3/4 – 2 1/2 yd); Version 2, 1.5 – 2.1 m (1 5/8 – 2 1/4 yd); Version 3, 1.5 – 1.7 m (1 5/8 – 1 7/8 yd) // 115 cm (45″) wide fabric (sizes 6-16 only): Version 1, 2.2 – 2.8 m (2 3/8 – 3 1/8 yd); Version 2, 2 – 2.6 m (2 1/8 – 2 7/8 yd); Version 3, 1.7 – 2 m (1 7/8 – 2 1/4 yd).

Sizing: UK 6 – 20. Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: 0.5 m of lightweight interfacing // Versions 1 and 2: Fifteen 1/2″ (12 mm) buttons // Version 3: Eleven 1/2″ (12 mm) buttons.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER and PDF formats. The PDF pattern will be available immediately for download after purchase.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions, print-at-home pattern suitable for A4 and US letter size paper; A0 (print shop) file.

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Additional information


Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Denim / Corduroy, Linen, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Sewing level

Confident Beginner

Make time

All day

Pattern format


PDF Printing

45 Pages

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    5 out of 5 View B

    Sister Mintaka

    I made the sleeveless dress version of the Kew Dress and it is incredible. This is my second one and I think I’ve managed to perfect the fit for me.

    I made a couple of changes, including lengthening the bodice and the skirt. I also rotated the bust dart to point towards my apex. Other than that I didn’t make any design changes. It’s just such a beautiful pattern. I think it looks really elegant.

    For the fabric, I used our Burgundy Cupro and Tencel Bark Crepe. It was soft, silky and draped really well. The dress was absolutely perfect for my sister’s wedding.

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    5 out of 5 Perfect summer picnic dress


    I don’t know why I waited so long to make this dress but late better than never! I can see why everyone raves about this pattern. I choose to make Version 1 with sleeves. The fabric is this beautiful red and white floral crimplene crepe from Sew Over It and it only took under 2 metres which is fantastic considering most dresses takes 3 metres! I match the dress with floral pearl-white buttons from John Lewis.

    I made a size 12, kinda graded waist to a 13. It ended up a little bit too big on my shoulders. I might move my buttons over a little bit so it’s a bit tighter as the fabric has a bit of stretch (but there are a LOT of buttons!!!). Next time I should be really make a size 10 with a small FBA. I didn’t ruche the sleeves either.

    Thanks goodness my machine can do automatic buttonholes and buttons because there are a LOT of buttons! Also near the waist the fabric is too bulky, I ended up have to sew a buttonhole by hand (thanks google). Enjoyable make for sure, the staystitching along the neck line is a must especially with crepe! Can’t wait to make the other versions.

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    5 out of 5 Love it!


    You know when you get a good feeling about a pattern that grows during the making process? The Kew dress is that dress!
    I made version 1 in a cotton sateen which feels so soft against my skin.
    I did a full bicep adjustment to give me a bit more room on my arms. I also took 3″ off the skirt length (I’m 5’2″). The bodice fitted perfectly though with no need to shorten the darts or anything like that
    I can’t wait to wear this dress all summer!

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    5 out of 5 Kew skirt


    I made a skirt this time and Iove it. The pattern is very well drafted and the fit is great. I used lightweight cotton fabric for it with some buttons from the stash. I love this skirt style for the summer and look forward to wearing it more often. The buttons and buttonholes are a bit time consuming and possibly problematic but do it slowly and take breaks if needed and you will get there 🙂 That is how I did it anyway
    I would make a curved waistband next time because the straight one does not fit best on me, but that is a personal choice.
    More details on the blog:

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    • Woodland63

      That looks lovely on and a flattering fit. Like material too.

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    This was such a surprisingly quick and fun sew! I used a black needle cord to make it into a fall/ winter version and it worked really well. I used rose gold snap fasteners instead of buttons and I really love how quick and easy they are to use. I’ve made a size 10 and added 3 cm to the length of the bodice and the waistline now sits exactly where it needs to be. For the facing I’ve used some Riffle Paper cotton that I had left in my stash and I also faced the straps to make it look pretty on the inside. I used the same flowery fabric for the pockets which I added to the dress. The instructions and especially the drawings that accompany the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. If you haven’t made it yet I would recommend using this pattern, and keep in mind it’s not just a summer dress!

    Have a look at my blog for more details:
    And my friends and I vlogged about our Kew dresses here:

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    I made a top version with sleeves and I love it so much in this mustard linen. I made the smallest size and it came up a bit too big in the back so I extended the back darts all the way up and added extra dart in the middle. I think it even looks better with it as it adds extra detail to a plain back.
    The pattern was fun to make and I love how it looks. I skipped front darts since it turned out I did not need them. The instructions are clear and straightforward.

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    This is my second Kew Dress, this time in a summary cotton with a ditsy print bought from Walthamstow Market. This time I used the ‘cold shoulders’. I really like this pattern and find it has a flattering fit with a feminine flare to the skirt. However, I found the cold shoulders were too tight and I cannot actually reach above my head when I wear this. I wore it whilst driving recently and it proved a bit difficult due to restricted movement! If I included them again then I would make them longer.

    I have written a full pattern review on my blog and included more photos

    You can also follow me on instagram @girlcansew

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    Kew Dress


    The garment has a fitted bodice, a skirt piece that features a high low hemline and a button fastening all the way down the front of the dress. Dependant on fabric this pattern can be dressed down for summer days or dressed up for evenings out.

    For my tester Kew Dress I picked a fabric from my stash, a patterned Crepe from fabric land at £2.99 a meter. Nothing i’d been saving for a special make, however as the dress started to come together and take shape I was love in and decided that I was going to wear it to my brother in laws wedding.

    Once I’d decided this I made self covered buttons which finished it off perfectly. It was just right for the occasion dressed up with heels, it was cool in the sunshine and beautifully swishy on the dance floor! My email to Nina Lee, once I’d finished the dress, was just me gushing over my love of the pattern and how grateful I was for the timing as the perfect wedding guest outfit!

    My husband & I at my brother in laws wedding this summer, wearing my Kew Dress
    That being said it’s not just a pattern for summer, I hosted a dinner dance event at work in November that required me to dress up and my immediate thought was to make The Kew Dress, and that is how my gorgeous second version came about.

    I picked the fabric used for my second Kew during a visit to Sewisfaction in Wokingham (who is also a stockist of Nina Lee printed patterns), it’s a Crepe called ‘tales of the orient’. If I’d have had the time for this version I would’ve made covered buttons again but unfortunately I didn’t so simple black buttons had to do. I think this version may be one of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe, I feel so feminine in it and the style is flattering on my shape.

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