An effortless summer dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a panelled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split.

Reviews 2

  • C Sews reviewed 7 years ago

    Part of the review I posted on Pattern Review:

    The pattern notches were very tiny. I made sure to highlight them on the pattern so I wouldn't forget to mark them on the fabric. It's very easy to lose track of which skirt panel goes where if you don't mark those pieces carefully and label them accordingly (if you trace your pattern). There is no line drawing of the back of the dress - an oversight and a bit annoying because at one point I wasn't sure if I attached the two center back panels correctly. Was the seam where the invisible zipper goes supposed to go straight down the back or should it flare out? I couldn't tell if I had it right. I event ripped out those panels and flipped them to the other sides but it didn't look much different. So I left it. 

    I used a border print, cotton with a touch of lycra. This was some lightweight fabric with nice drape to it - fun to figure out which way each pattern piece would go. Bodice was cut with the grain and skirt was cut perpendicular to the grain.

    I didn't like maxi length because I'd trip in it going up the stairs. I don't like knee-length so I cut my skirt length about 10 inches before the knee-length line on this pattern - making it tea length. I lowered the bust pleats one inch and I did a 1/2 inch small bust adjustment by slashing from the middle of the pleat closet to the center to the apex and then to the middle of the shoulder seam allowance. If you don't have a decent size bust you'll have extra fabric there and it will make for an unattractive profile.

    After I made all my adjustments (took me three muslins to get the bodice right), it didn't take that long to sew it. It is easy to make but the adjustments can be fiddly. 

  • Viola Gee reviewed 8 years ago

    Straightforward, simple dress with easy construction. I made a V back but may size down next time as the bodice was rather baggy around the nack and back. A great pattern to showcase a beautiful fabric and feels very princess swishy (a good thing).


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