Nina Lee - Kew Dress and Skirt
About the Kew
The Kew is a dreamy blend of vintage and contemporary elements inspired by the balmy ups and rainy downs of British summertime. Think picnics and garden parties, strawberries and cream, sometime sunshine and being beside the seaside.
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 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.
Version 1 is best suited to light to medium-weight fabrics with some drape such as rayon, viscose, crepe and linen blends.
Versions 2 and 3 select fabric as for Version 1, but also consider lightweight cottons such as cotton lawn, or linen. Version 3 would also work well in medium-weight fabrics such as denim or corduroy.
- 0.5m of lightweight interfacing
- Versions 1 and 2: 15 1/2-inch (12 mm) buttons
- Version 3: 11 1/2-inch (12 mm) buttons
The size range for this pattern is UK sizes 6–20.
The Nina Lee patterns available from stockists are drafted for UK sizes 6–20. Nina is in the process of updating designs to have a second size range from UK 16–28. You will need to order directly from Nina Lee if you would like the 16–28 range, but we hope these will be available for the shop in the future.
The measurements for each size are listed below, as well as in the instructions for each individual pattern.
Level of Difficulty
The Kew is rated at the confident beginner level.