Our Lucy dress is the perfect all-rounder. Able to be made as a mini or midi dress, with sleeves or without, Lucy can be made to suit any occasion, whether it be a summer day out or a winter date night! With so many options, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite ways to design, hack and style your Lucy dress!
Design Your Lucy
Lucy works best in softer fabrics with a good drape. For an easy, understated look, why not try making Lucy in our classic black crepe?
Lucy also works well in a pattern, especially a floral print! Check out the Lucy dress Adelle (@button_and_pip) made for her friend’s birthday in a gorgeous blue floral:
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I made my friend a @hello.workshop Lucy dress for her birthday and she loves it!! It’s always so nerve racking sewing for others but the moment she came downstairs with it on, it was a magical moment 🧡 Fabric from @material_girl_laura #lucydress #helloworkshop #sewingforfriends #materialgirllaura #sewistsofinstagram #ukteacherswhosew #inahaystackpack #sewcialists #memadewardrobe #memadefashion #sewcialists #haystackpack
Hack Your Lucy
Your Lucy pattern includes a variety of ways to change up your Lucy dress, including open and closed back variations, adding sleeves, and changing the length to create a mini or midi dress. We also have a Lucy pattern hack available, showing how to adapt your pattern to add flutter sleeves and/or a V neck!
If a long sleeve is more your thing, then why not mix up your sleeves by adding a gathered sleeve head? Follow our tutorial below to learn how to add gathered sleeve heads to your Lucy dress:
- Slash to separate the top of the sleeve from the rest.
- Do a series of evenly spaced slashes across the top of the sleeve.
- Keeping the base of these to form a consistent line, lift and separate these out – the wider you spread them the more gathered your sleeve head will be.
- Draw in a new line to create a new sleeve shape.
- Stitch by gathering the top to fit the armhole when inserting the sleeve.
Style Your Lucy
The great thing about the Lucy dress is that it’s a piece that doesn’t need much; all you have to do is add heels and it’s the perfect date night outfit!
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Day 5 #bpsewvember ‘Repeat’ I love to reuse a pattern again and again. Sometimes using it exactly the same way but in different fabrics. Other times I like to try out the different versions that the pattern offers. Here are both versions of my @hello.workshop Lucy dress and I can’t decide which one is my favourite 🤔 #lucydress #haystackpack #sewistsofinstagram #ukteacherswhosew #sewingvlogger #sewcialists #memade #handmadefashion
If you want to keep it more casual, why not try layering your Lucy with a plain turtleneck and boots for a cosy autumn look?
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Like Lucy? Then check out our Sarah wrap skirt pattern spotlight here!