Pattern Review ~ Socialite Dress

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Socialite Dress Amy from amy a la mode can sew a cute Cabo, whip up a fantastic tutorial and today she shares a great review of the Socialite Dress pattern from Anna Maria Horner. Visit Amy’s introduction and blog, and enjoy the review!

Socialite Dress from Anna Maria Horner

A loose-fitting retro-style sleeveless summer dress with a modest V neck in the front and scoop in the back. The unbelted version allows a lot of freedom of movement (park with the kids?), while the belted version is a bit more sophisticated (drinks on the patio at the wine bar?).
2 3/4 yards of 44″ wide fabric, or 2 yards of 54″ wide fabric
Light to mid-weight cotton or cotton blend fabrics are suggested. Extra yardage is recommended for matching or centering fabric prints and if adding length to the dress.

Suggested Notions & Tools:
1 Spool of coordinating thread
Craft scissors and sewing scissors
Straight pins
Measuring device
Fabric marker or fabric chalk pencil
Iron and ironing board
Pressing cloth
Turning tool — fyi, I had no need for this
Hand sewing needle
Cutting mat and rotary cutter (optional — good for cutting belt piece)
50mm (2″) Bias tape maker (recommended by reviewer, see Modification #2 below)

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Front + back views.

Fabric Recommendations
I purchased 3 1/2 yards of Amy Butler Lacework in Brown from the Lotus collection (this included an extra 3/4 of a yard so that I had one more pattern repeat). I also purchased MoMo’s Metamorphosis in Jam from the Wonderland collection to use for the front and back yokes and facings. If you want to do contrasting yokes/facings like I did, get 1/2 yard (the package does not have yardage suggestions for this). You can cut the dress from 2 1/2 yards of 44″ wide fabric if you don’t make the belt, but you’ll need the full 2 3/4 yards if you want to make the belt (the length of the belt is your waist measure + 30″ and is 3″ wide). Or try a contrasting fabric for the belt!

This dress is perfect for light and breezy fabrics, but remember that this dress is unlined. Don’t pick anything too light or sheer; it would be a shame to have to wear a slip! The quilting weight cotton I used worked out really well. The package has information for 54″ fabrics, but since these tend toward heavier-weight home decorator types of fabrics, think carefully before buying these. The gathers and draping might turn out pretty stiff in a heavier fabric. Consider Hawaiian fabrics for this dress– I think they’d look smashing!

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Unbelted, front + back views.

Overall Design 5 stars
This dress is cute and modern, with a retro vibe. Though the only variation given in the pattern is to add the belt, this actually produces so different a look that it’s like getting two dresses in one. The first two things that caught my eye with this pattern were the pockets and the lack of fasteners. Definitely a win-win combination! Great coverage for bra straps and a nice fit under the arms make this summery without exposing more than you meant to.


Written Instructions 4 stars
Detailed instructions are included, as well as a glossary of basic sewing terms and a metric conversion chart. The pattern gives finished garment dimensions but does not provide any recommendations on how much ease to allow for the intended fit. The size I opted to make should have provided me with 3 1/4″ of ease in the bust, 8 3/4″ of ease in the waist, and 3 3/4″ of ease in the hips. In the end, this was not enough in the bust (see Modification #1 below). You can judge the final fit in the photos and add more or less ease as needed.

The pattern also recommends purchasing more fabric if you want to make the dress longer, but does not provide a finished length as a guide. I made the XS, and on the hanger from the top of the shoulder down to the bottom of the hem is 37″.

I was a bit confused by the cutting instructions for the front yoke and pocket that indicated, “Cut 4 of Front Yoke/Pocket (2 from right side and 2 from wrong side).” I have never seen it worded like this, but it simply meant to fold the fabric in half as you normally would, matching the selvages, lay the pattern pieces on top of the folded fabric, and cut through both layers at the same time (and then doing this twice to get a total of 4 pieces).

Diagrams / Images 3 stars
There were some tricky bits to the sewing, and I felt that a few more diagrams would have been nice. Look ahead in the pattern if you are confused, because a later diagram may show you what you need to know. More labeling on the diagrams would also be nice, as many have no labels at all.

Pattern Pieces 5 stars
There are a total of 6 pattern pieces– back, front, back yoke, front yoke, armhole facing, and pocket– printed on white tissue paper. Measurements are given for cutting the belt piece. There are 6 sizes included in this pattern, which means that occasionally the markings are so close together that it can get difficult to see the ones for your size.

Overall Level of Difficulty Intermediate or Patient Advanced Beginner
While there are no fasteners of any kind to deal with (which is great!), the curves make this dress more complicated than it looks. There is a fair amount of easing in and fussing in order to attach the back and front yokes, as well as the armhole facings. Also, the front and back facings have to be stitched down to the inside of the dress by hand, and it’s a bit fussy as well. Keep this in mind if you hate hand sewing!

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Hand Finishing: View of inside of front yoke after hand sewing the
turned-under edge of the yoke to the front/back piece seam allowance.

Tips + Modifications
Tip 1: Marking
Mark the centers of the front, back, front yoke, back yoke, front facing, and back facing pieces. The centers are not marked on the pattern pieces, but are very helpful later on when the instructions indicate for you to match the centers. Once the front and back are gathered, the centers are much more difficult to find without markings.

Tip 2: Gathering
When pinning the gathered front and back to the yoke pieces, start pinning from where you knotted the gathering thread and pin to the other end of the gathers. *Use lots of pins!* You’ll be happy you did. Also, don’t tie the threads off until you have finished pinning the front (or back) to the yoke. It is too difficult to tell if you have gathered it the right amount without pinning first. (The pattern has you gather to the right length, tie off, then pin.)

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Pinning Yoke

These three images show how the front and front yoke pieces look when pinned together for step 11 in the “Prepare Pockets, Front and Back Pieces” section. View A shows the yoke on top and view B shows the front piece on top. Notice that the yoke is pointing down with the center of the V at the top, while the front piece is bunched up inside the curve. The tails of fabric sticking out on the right and left are the tops of the shoulders. View C shows what this looks like from the wrong side if you flip the pieces up to where their final position will be (if you turn your pieces like this, be sure to flip them back to the way they are in view A/B to sew).

Tip 3: Sewing Curves
Be very careful as you sew on the back and front yokes. Go slowly around these curves and stop frequently to adjust the fabrics. I tried sewing one with the dress piece on top and the yoke piece on the bottom, and one with the yoke piece on top and the dress piece on the bottom. In both cases I ended up having to do a little bit of seam ripping and re-sewing. This is where that patience really pays off!

Tip 4: Trimming
When sewing the gathered front and back to the yokes, turn the pieces and check how they look from the front *before* you trim the seams. It’s much easier to make corrections *before* you’ve trimmed that seam allowance to 1/4″.

Tip 5: Try it on before doing the armhole facings
If you need to alter the bust a bit (like I did), it’s much easier to do it before you’ve turned the armhole facings under and finished them. This would be after step 8 of “Assembling the Dress.” This is also a good time to finish the side seams (overlock, zig-zag, or whatever).

Modification 1: Bust
I tried the dress on after step 8, as I suggested above, and realized it could use a bit more room through the bust. I let the seam out 1/8″ on each side (so, 1/2″ more of total ease was added) and it made for a much more comfortable fit.

Modification 2: Belt
I’m wicked lazy about folding and pressing long narrow pieces of fabric, so instead I used my trusty 50 mm (2″) bias tape maker to make the belt. It came out slightly wider than the 3/4″ belt in the pattern, but was much faster! I also skipped the belt loops.

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Small belt, front + back views.

I admit that this is not a pattern I would ever pick out to make; it’s just not my usual style. But in the end I think the final product is cute, comfortable, and stylish, which is a pretty amazing feat! I think the biggest surprise for me was the level of difficulty, despite not needing to do buttonholes or a zipper. A little patience is called for, but I managed to put this together on a Saturday with plenty of time to spare, and I think you could too. I love the versatility of the belted versus unbelted versions — from beach to a nice dinner by the beach in the time it takes to put on a belt!

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Wide belt, front + back views.

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425 Responses to Pattern Review ~ Socialite Dress

  1. I first saw this pattern when it came out and i thought..yes ! definitely something i will make and that time i was inexperience in sewing.I ended up making two of them and just fell in love with it ! the pattern is easy enough for the beginners.Absolutely adorable dress for summer since i live in Thailand so it is hot here all year long.I made shorter one to wear with leggings as well..cute cute dress.

  2. Ashley says:

    Hi there! I am working on a muslin version of this dress and am stumped on attaching the Front Yolk to the dress… thank you for the pictures, but i do have one more question. Do I need to make the shoulder straps of the dress “conform” or follow the shape of the yolk, or vice-versa? (Pardon the wording, I just turned the sewing machine on for the first time EVER two weeks ago) It’s difficult to tell what to do when all I see is it doesn’t want to meet uniformly. I hope that makes sense! Thanks for any help 🙂

  3. Nikki says:

    Great review… thanks for including your photos. I’m amazed at how Anna Maria just keeps coming up with such fabulous designs…

  4. Super cute dress!

  5. Alicia says:

    Cute dress! Even cuter font!

  6. Sara says:

    Looks like a great, fun dress for summer!

  7. trish says:

    what a cute dress! and a VERY thorough and helpful review. Thank you.

  8. Kymy K. says:

    I love the fabric you choose! I have been considering this pattern because it looked simple. You review is very helpful & points out many of the things that would likely having me give up mid project! I think after reading this I will probably pass because I have to do a FBA as it is & it sounds like just way to much fussing. Even though it may not be your usual style, your dress turned out awesome!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Great pattern review! I LOVE this dress! Its so cute and I love the idea of adding a belt! I think it would also look really cute as a tunic!! I’m going to have to try this one for a fun, flirty summer dress!

  10. Yetta says:

    Great fabric choice! Love it.

  11. jen w says:

    so cute! very thorough review and sounds like a winner of a pattern!

  12. jackie says:

    so very cute! i can’t wait to make one. thanks for the tips!

  13. Lorrie says:

    What a great review – really thorough. I would have never chosen the fabric for a dress, but it looks GREAT! I love the belted version.


  14. tirzah says:

    This is such a cute dress, thanks for such a great review!

  15. Kristin says:

    I feel as thought I’m ten times better of a sewer than I was before I started reading this review. Thank you!

  16. Meredith says:

    Cute dress! I’m always too intimidated to make clothes myself but I may give this a whirl. Thanks!

  17. Cass says:

    What a fantastic review! And such a cute dress! 🙂

  18. Jessica C says:

    Thank you for the reviews!!

  19. christina says:

    i’ve been curious about this dress and it helps so much to see the dress in other fabrics and to read an honest review. thanks for the great review!

  20. Katherine W says:

    Thank you for the review! I’m fairly new to sewing and reading this helps so much!

  21. Dacia says:

    such a great dress and thank you so much for the review! Something I definitely would like to try… and I love the great tips that you add to make it easier for the rest of us!

    Thank you!!!

  22. Valerie says:

    I really love how thorough you are in this review (and I really really love your sensible ‘pattern difficulty’ rating that even I can understand)!

  23. Kathryn says:

    Thanks so much for the review! I’ve been on the fence with this pattern, but think I might have to give it a go! I love it with the big belt!

  24. Rebecca says:

    I love the addition of the wide belt to the dress. It just gives it such a sharp look.

  25. Alexandra says:

    Thanks for all the tips. Your dress looks fantastic!

  26. Karen Cooper says:

    I love the fabric and your choice of the second belt is especially pretty

  27. Laura F says:

    Lovely dress and agreat review!Thank you for sharing.

  28. It looks really cute. I think it might be one of those dresses that you don’t know ’til you try it on whether it will look good on you or not, though.

  29. Isabel says:

    The last one with the belt is good 🙂

  30. nhmama says:

    I love the fabric of the original, and of the one Amy chose. That would be the hardest part for me, finding a fabric that I would be happy with. Wonderful, helpful review!

  31. Judith says:

    This dress looks stunning and that belt just makes it perfect for an evening out. It’s good to have a peek at the pattern to see what the instructions are like.

  32. just lovely says:

    So helpful! thanks!

  33. Jennifer says:

    This is an amazing review! I see this dress in a whole new light now. I love AMH’s patterns and fabrics, but the pattern for this dress just didn’t grab me at first. Thanks to this review, with all of the views and variations, I really would like to give this dress a shot.
    Thanks so much for all of the details, making this dress will go so much faster with this thorough review.

  34. AllieK says:

    Awesome dress.. love the fabric!

  35. Kortnie says:

    This is such a cute dress! How great is it to have someone go through the pattern first and have their notes. Thank you!

  36. Samantha says:

    So nice to have an honest opinion and such detailed explanation of a pattern! Thanks!

  37. Beagoodmom says:

    Your review is very thorough. Thanks for that.

  38. Heather H. says:

    I love your blog and how it has helped me capture some creative ideas to bring to my sewing room. Other wise I wouldn’t know where to go. I have enjoyed sewing so much as a stress reliever and I am glad you all are apart of that. Happy Memorial day. I am blessed to have a husband who has served bravely and proudly and I honor him and all the other troops. I also hope i win the giveaway. Teehee. :o)

  39. This dress is beautiful–I don’t sew but want to, so, SO, SEW (ha ha!) badly! Maybe someday I can get a sewing machine. I sew very well by hand, but that’s about it!

    Rachel B.

  40. Jessie says:

    Very cute dress, and great review!

  41. Bronwyn says:

    Excellent! I just bought this pattern – not with me yet though – so this is a great heads up – thanks so much – I love this honest kind of reveiw!!

  42. Gretel E says:

    Great review – thank you! Looks like a lovely pattern.

  43. Love the dress, especially with the belt.

  44. Levineke says:

    I love the belted version. I’ve been a bit scared to try sewing anything but the ‘A line’ skirt, but I’m tempted by this one. Thanks for a fabulous review.

  45. Rachel says:

    Excellent review.. very detailed. Love that dress will be buying the pattern!

  46. This dress is so cute! I’ll definitely be making one of these this summer. 🙂

  47. Christen says:

    It’s nice to have the advantage of someone else reviewing a pattern before trying to make something new. The end product is quite cute, I especially like the look with the belt.

  48. Kelley says:

    I think I will have to try this one! I never make myself anything, but I love this…especially with the belt.

  49. I LOVE it !!! wonderful review …

  50. Etta says:

    I think it looks like it would make a beautiful dress, but would like to see how the proportions work across the sizes. The review is very informative and helpful though, especially the photos along with your review. If I decide to try this dress, I will definitely be double checking my progress against your photos.


  51. Jennifer says:

    I’m not usually a fan of big prints like that, but the dress looks really cute! Maybe I’ll have to rethink my stance…

  52. Heather says:

    That dress is so cute. I actually have several dresses like that, that I have bought lol. So I am wondering just how easy it is to do one??I am a new sewer and I am so excited to find your site!!!

  53. Emily says:

    Thanks so much Amy! This is a great review packed with Great tips! Can’t wait to try my hand at a dress!

  54. Kristin says:

    Nice review. I like this section of SMS a lot. That said, I am going to make a dress like this using this review.

  55. lisap says:

    Your review is excellent; love the honesty about your own personal sewing habits! Please do more!

  56. Elaine says:

    Love the dress. Thank you for the info, and I’ll have to make one up for the summer parties!

  57. Paula says:

    Thanks for the great review! I really want to try this pattern.

  58. Dana says:

    WOW!!! That is a fabulously fun and sophisticated dress!!!!!

  59. Celia says:

    I did like this dress and it looks like something comfortable I would wear; It looked simple at first glance, but after reading your detailed review (which was a great one, by the way), I realized that there is more than first meets the eye when it comes down to actually sewing this. I have sewed for my daughter often, but I am reticent to do it for myself, although I really want to go ahead and just try it. I loved you choice of fabric. Thanks for reviewing this pattern.

  60. Anna says:

    I love this dress. I have seen other people’s versions with great fabric combinations and now I really want to make it! Love the review, it is really helpful.

  61. sarah says:

    I’ve been eying this pattern for some time and it looks so cute on slim frames, but I have a feeling that it would make my curvy body just look preggo. It would be really cool if you could find some really neat patterns for us curvier body types! It’s so hard to find stuff in my size when I look around on blogs.

  62. sherri s. says:

    Your fabric combos are great…I (personally) love it without the belt best. Thanks for the review! Lots of good tips.

  63. Valerie says:

    I actually saw this very dress in person (the one pictured on the pattern) when I was in Nashville visiting my sister-in-law. The model (AMH’s daughter) just so happened to be in the same shop I was. So, of course, I need to get on the ball now and make one of my own because it is so cute!

  64. Betty Ann says:

    I love this neckline. beautiful dress!

  65. this review makes me much more excited about trying this dress. thanks! (especially for your pictures, they rock!)

  66. Emma Niesl says:

    very cool. i think i could do this! I am a beginner and want to start sewing some clothing….by reading reviews like this it becomes more of a possibility.

  67. Sara H says:

    This dress looks like a breezy summer favorite. Thanks for the honest review and the encouragement to try one myself!

  68. Trina says:

    nice job, Amy – I like the contrasting fabric you chose – good eye

  69. Heather B says:

    Looks like a great dress. Thank you for the review – the photos & tips are a great help.

  70. jen says:

    Really cute dress! And thanks for the review and tips!

  71. By LuLu says:

    I love the dress neckline. It is a little shapeless for my body type, but the addition of a belt or something similar would be great for defining a waste line. 🙂 Thanks for the review!

  72. Dee Dee says:

    Great review. I’m a beginner so the tips and pics on gathers and curves were really helpful. I might fight my fear and actually try this.

  73. Kaylee says:

    Thanks for that review! Such a cute dress!

  74. Tammy says:

    Thank you! I have been flip-flopping as to whether or not to give this pattern a go and after reading your review I to make it this weekend.

  75. Addie says:

    Great review! I love the fabrics you used.

  76. Jem says:

    Your tips are great and i love this pattern!

  77. Amanda says:

    I agree. It is a cute dress, but not really my style. Thanks for all of the great suggestions.

  78. Cathy says:

    Cute dress

  79. kristine says:

    Love this with the belt. Great Fabric!

  80. amhodina says:

    Great review! Love the Amy Butler fabric- you’ve got me inspired now!

  81. Heather says:

    I just love your reviews!!! I am going to get the courage really soon to attempt clothing 😉 Thanks, Heather

  82. gillian says:

    GREAT review! Super pattern, huh?!

  83. Jennifer says:

    The dress is beautiful!

  84. Christine says:

    Very cool! all those comments/hints/how-tos are soooo informative. I love that~~~

    Thank you, Christine

  85. Sarah says:

    A little more complicated than my skill level now, but it looks like something I could tackle in the future! Thanks for the review!

  86. Celia says:

    I like the belt with it.

  87. Julie says:

    Great review. Beautiful dress!

  88. Andrea says:

    This is a really helpful review – I love the way the dress turned out, a beautiful choice of fabric. Never used these patterns before, so it’s interesting to read the tips!

  89. lynne dickens says:

    I love this dress. It looks like such a classic summer piece.

  90. Mandi says:

    Thanks for the pattern review! All of the photos help me visualize the project so much better. And the belt is perfect!

  91. Kirsten D. says:

    Thanks for the review! I will have to keep the tips in mind if I make up this dress.

  92. Lisa says:

    Great review, I love how thorough you are, as you mentioned some things I never would have thought of. It looks like a great pattern to try when I have both girls in school and some actual free time. Right now, I may find myself frustrated. Boo!

  93. bashtree says:

    Great review! I’m a very-beginner sewing and I found it easy to conceptualize with what you wrote, and get excited about when I might be ready to try something like this. Thanks!

  94. Firefly says:

    What a great and detailed review! I’m so inspired to buy fabric and start sewing!

  95. Leigh Ann says:

    I’m in love with all things ‘Anna Maria’ and have some ‘Good Folks’ yardage that I would love to dedicate to this dress!

  96. Becky says:

    Fantastic detailed review. Thank you. I think your version looks better than the picture at the top!

  97. Stephanie T. says:

    I really like the dress the best with a contrasting belt. What a neat project.

  98. emtdlb says:

    I love the finished product, but am afraid of the fact you had to alter it some. I am not good at that. Great job and thanks for all the details. I feel so much better about trying a pattern from that company. Looks really good.

  99. Jessica says:

    Cute dress, thanks for the helpful review.

  100. Tania says:

    I was unsure about trying this pattern but after seeing how lovely it looks I am going to start it this weekend!

  101. Malorie says:

    I always love Anna Marie Horner patterns!

  102. Kristin says:

    Love the dress. Hoping to win a giveaway.

  103. K says:

    I am definitely not ready for this yet, but I love look of the unbelted version. Very relaxed!

  104. Amanda says:

    I like the dress. Thanks for the review!

  105. Samantha says:

    Awesome review. I may just have to try this one….everyone needs a new summer dress right?

  106. amanda says:

    Thanks for the great review — I’ve been curious about this dress. The belted version is tres chic!

  107. Alyssa says:

    I like the wide belt version! cute!

  108. Johanna says:

    Thanks for your modification tips. It is really helpful to be able to read them ahead instead of searching online when one is stuck. I definetely will buy that pattern, now that I know where to be careful 🙂

  109. Heather says:

    Thanks for the review! I might have to try this one!

  110. Shannon says:

    Thanks for the great review. You did a beautiful job, and the dress is so cute! I think I may have to add it to the to-make list. I think it would look great in some of her Good Folks fabric.

  111. juliecache says:

    Thank you for this review. I really appreciate it. And thanks for all the tips on it, too!

  112. Jeannine says:

    Thanks for the review!

  113. Delicious….especially with the belt. And I absolutely LOVE the fabric combo. One of these days, I will be brave enough to try something like this!!

  114. Keri says:

    Thanks for the detailed review!

  115. Sylvie says:

    Lovely dress, thank you for the review. I think I am still too much of a beginner to try this pattern by myself right now, but this is the kind of dress I would love to work on with my mom. I think she would look great in it.

  116. anna says:

    what a cute dress! maybe one day I’ll sew myself up one… that is if I ever finish all my other half-finished projects laying around 🙂

  117. Robyn says:

    Very cute!! I like the wide contrasting belt better! Great fabric choices!

  118. Alissa says:

    What a great review! I think the dress looks great on you!

  119. Sara D. says:

    I love it with the belt!

  120. robyn Piotrowski says:

    I love your friendly tone in the review. How nice… feels like I am sewing along with my sis! Your dress is super fun!

  121. Shannon says:

    Love this dress and love anna maria horner’s fabrics, patterns etc! Thanks for a great review, it helps all of us new sewers figure some of the more tricky things out.

  122. Thanks for the great review! It is definetely much cuter with the belt, although I want to try it in a knit for a more comfy version or maybe even a (dare I say?) materinity dress? 🙂

  123. Jen V says:

    What a detailed review! Thanks so much. It almost convinced me that I could do it but I don’t know . . . I think I’ll stick to sewing for my little one. He is much easier to please than I am! What about a blog post or forum string about good patterns for beginners at sewing garments for yourself? Has it be addressed? I know Wendy Mullins has a lot of fans but there must be other good places to start too.

  124. Maria says:

    Very va-va-voom in a classic way! I love it unbelted and with the wide belt. very versatile. now to find the perfect fabric….

  125. Wendy says:

    Looks like a nice dress–never sewn a dress before–maybe it’s about time!

  126. Nicole says:

    Great review. This is another one I really want to try. Thanks for the tips & modifications! All your suggestions and tips are really helpful even for a beginner. Thanks again!!

  127. kate says:

    What a great review; very helpful to those of us planning on trying it! I love the slightly retro, 1950s vibe of this dress, and it is flattering on everyone I have seen who made it. Can’t wait to try it out.

  128. kelly jo says:

    What a classic dress! I love it!!! The belted version is such a modern look!

  129. Jenifer says:

    Thank you so much for the review! I’ve been eyeing this pattern for some time and will plunge in now!

  130. Tanya says:

    Your dress is beautiful. Great review! I love your fabric choices.

  131. dani says:

    I wouldn’t have chosen this dress as one to make, but now that I’ve seen your version, it’s quite tempting!

    Thanks for the tips!

  132. julia says:

    Yours is so pretty! I made a dress once…yikes! with the fit of this, I think getting the bust and waist to both fit wouldn’t be too difficult!

  133. Michelle says:

    That is really a great dress!

  134. Crissy says:

    Thanks for the review! This looks like my kind of dress. 🙂

  135. kristen says:

    Fantastic review & a super cute dress! Thanks for all the helpful info.

  136. Leslie Newton says:

    I like your choice of fabrics…and the belt is great! This is what I call “not for hanger” dress. It looks so much better on a body, than hanging on a hanger. It gives it a whole new prospective.

  137. Hillary says:

    It turned out so cute I’ve been wanting some “real person” thoughts on this pattern 🙂 Thanks!

  138. qsogirl says:

    Wow, what a lot of work to not only give a review but also to include all that extra information and instructions for modification. Thank you for your time.

  139. Jill says:

    Thanks for the review, this “patient beginner” may try it!

  140. Jessica says:

    LOVE the fabric and pattern, inspired me to make myself some new sun dresses for the summer

  141. Chris says:

    Thanks for the pattern review! I’ve been looking at this dress and wondering whether I should give it a try. I kept on looking at the picture on the package thinking that I didn’t love the cut and would it look right on my body. Your review and finished product helped me figure out that it wouldn’t (even though it looks awesome on you!) and saved me a lot of time, money, and frustration 🙂 Thanks!

  142. sue mcart says:

    I love the yoke on this dress how it goes down to a point at the back making it different from the completely round yokes that are seen on other dresses

  143. Bernadette says:

    This is a very versatile dress. I think it may just be perfect for my mum’s mother of the bride dress. thanks for the review!

  144. Jo says:

    Simple but classic. Love the fabrics you used too. I think it definitely benefits from a belt at the waist – otherwise perhaps it could be modified by some tailoring or shorten it to make it into a kind of tunic top?

  145. Kelli says:

    I don’t think this pattern is the dress for me, (aah, large chests have a tendency to make one look pregnant!!) but I was interested in Anna’s patterns in general. By the way–LOVE the main fabric choice!! Thanks for a great review!

  146. Crystal says:

    Thanks for the review. The dress turned out great…I love the fabric you used.

  147. Brandy says:

    Thanks so much for the review of this pattern. I love Amy’s purse patterns, but haven’t tried her clothing patterns yet. This seems like a great summer dress (and I love your second belted option).

  148. Lorene says:

    That dress looks great, and I love the fabric!

  149. Kim says:

    beautiful dress! I love pattern reviews.


  150. Kelly W says:

    The dress is certainly cute (and I love the fabric) but I’m concerned about how it would look with adjustment in the bust. I never wear belts (short-waisted) so that isn’t an option to help with the shaping. I am very new to sewing so would darts help or would it get too busy with all the gathering going on? It would need a 7 inch adjustment at the bust.

  151. Myra says:

    Nice dress, and fabric. Came out nicely for you. Some sheaths are too straight and this one has some curve.

  152. Serena says:

    SO cute and flattering. No fasteners sounds lovely! It’s perfect for a summer dress. I want to make one and go wear it in Hawaii!

  153. Hannah says:

    Thanks for the review. I appreciate the extra pointers and pictures! (:

  154. Heidi says:

    I love the dress when worn with the belt. Its a perfect dress for the spring.

  155. Kate says:

    This dress is gorgeous. Wish it came with a maternity modification. Maybe I’ll make it for next summer!

  156. Rebekah says:

    Wow, this is wonderful pattern. And so throughoh with directions. Makes it a breeze to follow. Can’t wait to try it out 🙂 Thanks for sharing, very generous.

  157. Amanda A says:

    I love the dress with the wide belt – I think it will flatter my shape better with that modification – Thanks!

  158. Alex says:

    I never would have used the fabrics you picked, but they look amazing together. Thanks for the review and the insipiration to pair patterns.

  159. Melanie O. says:

    Thanks for the honest review! I really like the belted version!

  160. shamblissity says:

    What an excellent pattern review! Thank you for walking us through so clearly. I plan to add this to my “Must Sew” list.

  161. Sandra says:

    Lovely dress. I really like it with the belt. Great review.

  162. Lisa M says:

    Great review, I will definitely keep your comments and try this out soon!!

  163. Suzanne says:

    thanks for the tips. I am going to give it a try!

  164. Dawn-Marie says:

    Love the dress and the fabric!!!!

  165. Ana says:

    Great review and very nice pattern!

  166. Lynn Osborne says:

    What a thorough review! Thanks for the tips.

  167. Keila says:

    Great summer dress! Thanks for the review…

  168. Linda says:

    Great review! I read the whole thing even though I’ll likely never make the dress as there are too many things on my “to make” list already. Love the pockets and the wide belt option.

  169. Amanda says:

    Adorable…I will add this one to the list!

  170. Carrie says:

    This is awesome! The review makes me think i could actually pull this off! Thank you!

  171. Danielle says:

    Great review! I think this is one I will have to work up to. 🙂

  172. tracy_a says:

    Thanks for the review – the dress is adorable. It’s good to know about the fit/fiddly things before jumping in, so thanks for including the tips!

  173. Jodie says:

    Cute dress – love the fabric, too. It looks comfortable and light – perfect for summer. Thanks for the great review!

  174. carissa says:

    the dress is adorable! thanks for the pattern notes. i’m such a beginner that any help on tricky parts or modifications is extremely helpful.

  175. Em says:

    Wow, thanks for doing all this work! Way more than just a review.
    I think leaving out the belt loops makes it a more versatile dress. I saw this made on one other blog ( done in a solid color with a patterned yolk. They’re both cute. I was having a hard time visualizing it in a patterned fabric so thanks! I’d certainly make it with a small belt.

    Thanks again for your thoroughness!

  176. Beth says:

    What great tips – I’ll have to look through archives of other pattern reviews. I didn’t know they were so detailed! Thanks, Amy and SEW, MAMA, SEW!

  177. molly says:

    I might have to try this! I think I could be considered a patient advanced beginner.

  178. kate says:

    it’s a lovely dress. i wish i had the skills to make it! i’m a newbie sewer, but i aspire to this!

  179. Shanna says:

    This turned out much cuter than it appears on the pattern picture. I like it much better with the belt too.

  180. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to make this dress (belted version please) and also to win either a copy of Simple sewing for Baby or the free yard of fabric. Love love love to win! Thanks!

  181. Bridget says:

    Great pattern review. I have been looking at this pattern for awhile and you have convinced me. I must have it for summer.

  182. Adrianne says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful review. I love the tips section and will be referring to your comments as I sew my own!

  183. Heather says:

    Great review! This looks like the perfect summer dress!

  184. tracy says:

    Cute dress!

  185. Melissa Bunn says:

    Love this dress! I can’t wait to make my own!

  186. jenn says:

    I have been thinking about purchasing this dress pattern and the skirt pattern that she has out as well…I can’t think of the name of it…something like study hall skirt I think…love the style of it for my daughter and she has such trouble finding clothing that fits well I thought I may as well try making some for her. the review is very helpful!

  187. heather says:

    Great tutorial. I really love this dress.

  188. Shellyfish says:

    Thanks for the very detailed review – I was thinking about ordering this, and as a beginner wasn’t sure if I could manage it – your suggestions and advice will be helpful.

  189. Becca Treece says:

    I love this dress, I really want to give it a go but I’m still new at the whole sewing process.

  190. Lauren says:

    Thanks so much for the helpful review! I can’t wait to make the dress!

  191. Debbie says:

    What a great review! I think I’ll have to give it a try.

  192. Jessica says:

    Love the fabrics you chose!

  193. orata says:

    Great review–the dress looks pretty shapeless on the model and I was wondering about how it would be belted. I like the drapier fabric you chose, too.

  194. Beth says:

    First time commenting…

    Thanks for the review. I love the dress. I think I may have to add it on to my sewing queue.

  195. Sarah says:

    great review! I love when there are detailed pics of the trickier parts of a pattern, makes it easier to wrap my brain around it LOL!

  196. Emily says:

    Great review! I am still toying with the idea of making one of these dresses… I just hate following patterns though! It is very beautiful!

  197. Sarah says:

    What a lovely pattern! I will have to try it for my oldest daughter!

  198. Darlene says:

    Very cute pattern. Perfect for summer and all the wonderful prints available.

  199. Joske says:

    Lovely dress! the fabric is gorgeous, and it looks super-sharp with the belt!

  200. Susan says:

    LOVE the idea of making the belt with bias tape! Thanks for the tip!

  201. Kaye Prince says:

    I love Anna Maria Horner (congratulations of the new baby AM!) and have been eying this pattern. Thanks so much for sharing this review.

  202. Melissa says:

    What a thorough review. Thanks. It’s always so intimidating to sew clothing but this dress is tempting.

  203. Linda J. says:

    Thanks for the pattern review and the tips. Not sure this would look good for me but I can see my DDIL wearing this one….

  204. Katherine says:

    I LOVE this dress. I think it might be a little difficult for me now, but I’m bookmarking it to try after I get more practice! Thanks!

  205. Amy says:

    Wow, what a thorough review. Thanks for taking the time to write it! This is everything I wish I knew when I’m standing in the store comparing patterns. 🙂

  206. Jessica Fuester says:

    oops! I meant ‘your’ not ‘you’re’!!

  207. Heather says:

    I really appreciate your thorough review. This is a pattern I would have been tempted to try, but am much more likely to do it now after having read your notes. I feel better equipped. Plus, your fabric choice is much more my style than the one pictured on the pattern! Very nice. Thanks!

  208. Jessica Fuester says:

    Super cute! I’m going to give it a whirl soon…I’m a beginner and you’re tips will surely help! Thanks for a great review.

  209. marine_bio says:

    Great review. It is really helpful to see all the extra information on the pattern.

  210. Dolores says:

    What a classy, easy dress. Very nice indeed and would suit several body types. Thanks.

  211. Margie says:

    Great details. Thanks. I have had this on my mental to do list for a while.

  212. Alexa says:

    That dress is beautiful, and it looks great with the pink and white belt. I never think to belt things.

  213. Terri says:

    This is going on my TO DO list! : ) Awesome and detailed review! Thanks so much! You guys are the best!

  214. Korbi says:

    The fabric is beautiful and the pattern sits so nice!

  215. Erin says:

    The belt makes all the difference, thanks for putting together a fantastic review!

  216. Erin says:

    Love the dress, especially with the addition of the belt. It brings much needed shape. Looks great on you! 🙂

  217. tara reeves says:

    Wow this is awesome! And actually do-able by muggins! I need some new jazzy fabrics to have a go but i think i’ll definately have a go 🙂 x

  218. Sarah says:

    This is a wonderful review, it makes me want to buy the pattern! I also love her ideas for revisions, that is super helpful.


  219. Eve says:

    Love this dress and review!

  220. jm says:

    Great job!

  221. Linnea says:

    This dress is super cute…but then again, I am partial to anything with hidden pockets. Thanks for the great review Amy. The pictures are a wonderful extra detail.

  222. Megan says:

    Thanks for the review and the great tips!

  223. Karen says:

    Great review – I especially like the little details about how the dress covers bra straps! This is a cute dress pattern, though maybe above my skill level at this time!

  224. Anna Maschke says:

    I’m glad to see this dress in another fabric. I couldn’t see myself in it before, but I think I can now. The review is a great help!

  225. Great review – I love the dress with the belt. And that butterfly fabric you used around the collar is perfect – girly, but not cheesy.

  226. Laurel says:

    This is an awesome review. I’m always so intimidated by making clothes, your review and tips help make it a little less scary. =)

  227. Michelle says:

    Ditto on any comments about this probably not being flattering to my body type. But it was nice to see someone review it! I do have the multi-tasker bag on my to-do list though. 🙂

  228. Radha says:

    Wow! Great review – very detailed!! I love the dress.

  229. Jennifer says:

    Great review! I could see making this for my daughter. She has a straighter figure than I.

  230. Sandy says:

    Great review. I like the fabrics you chose much more than the fabric pictured in the dress on the pattern.

  231. L. Jane E. says:

    Love the retro look. And the review is so detailed. Thank you. Can’t wait to try it myself.

  232. Heather says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  233. Laura Connor says:

    I really love this look with the belt. Not sure if I will try this pattern b/c handsewing and I don’t really get along, but great review nonetheless.

  234. Edith says:

    Great review. Very helpful. I really love how it looks with the wide contrasting belt.

  235. Stacey Tafao says:

    Thank you for taking the time to review the pattern. I’ve been excited and inspired by Anna Maria Horner’s contribution to the sewing community.

  236. Karo says:

    Fantastic review! I had hoped to not want to buy this pattern, but now I just may have to have it. 😉

  237. Chen says:

    Cute dress! I’ve never been much of a garment maker but this is one that I’d love to try!

  238. Stacy says:

    Cute dress. Thanks for the review!

  239. Samantha says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! If only I looked decent in sleeveless anything….

  240. Amy Hopkins says:

    What a lovely dress, I love the fabrics you chose.

  241. Panhandler says:

    That is one gorgeous dress!!! I Love it!

  242. Kim Henslee says:

    Very cute! I even like your version better than the one on the pattern cover! Can’t wait to sew some dresses after I have my baby and am ‘back to normal’ size-wise!
    Thanks for sharing your review!

  243. Hannah says:

    I’m scared to make a dress for me because that was my first sewing project and it turned out terrible. I think I might try this one now.

  244. Stephanie B says:

    The dress looks super comfy. Thanks for the review!

  245. Somer says:

    Thanks for a great review. I was curious about Anna Marie Horner’s patterns in general, and not specifically this one. Thanks for all the detail.

  246. wendy Chen says:

    thanks for the review! the dress is way cute with the belt!

  247. Melissa says:

    I love the neckline on this dress – the fabric is awesome for a neckline. Nice choice!

  248. Karen says:

    Love this dress!! Thanks for the handy pointers.

    p.s. I love this blog and your fabric store! I don’t know what I’m addicted to more – quilting or blogs about quilting! 🙂

  249. stephanie says:

    Thanks for the great reveiw… I think I prefer the unbelted version.

  250. Megan Lindstrom says:

    i like how the f/b necklines are different, Yea! for Amy Butler fabrics!

  251. wendy says:

    Great review! The belt is definitely a 100% improvement and makes the model look skinnier. Please enter me in the drawing too!

  252. megan says:

    I love this dress – I love V neck dresses but they are always SO low and I am thrilled to see this one. It looks so simple and down to earth but could totally be dressed up. Thanks for the review!

  253. Cassie Driver says:

    I agree that this dress isn’t something I would tend to try to wear. I’ve never really made clothing. This looks really nice though and the belt vs no belt is really cool. I have some dress material, so maybe I might try this out and see how it works. We’ll see. 🙂

  254. Becky says:

    Hmmm… I really like this dress. The only clothes I’ve sewn so far are Bible costumes, which aren’t terribly difficult. I haven’t attempted anything wearable for myself yet, but this looks doable… maybe! But I should probably wait until I have my patient pants on.

  255. Megan says:

    Great review! I like it best with the wide belt.

  256. Wendymoon says:

    Nice review! I particularly like the fabric recommendations.

  257. Nicole N. says:

    I love the way this pattern looks and, well, pretty much anything by Anna Maria Horner but I am glad to get an honest take on the pattern because I am not sure I qualify as Intermediate or Patient Advanced Beginner yet! I HATE facings (I would rather sew in a zipper!) so I think it will have to wait until next summer while I practice with something a touch easier!

  258. Shirley says:

    Thank you for the review, the dress looks great!

  259. CHARLIE says:

    Thanks for your review and tips. I think I’ll add this pattern to my list of thing sto make. It would be a perfect dress to slip on when running weekend earns.

  260. Sara Macias says:

    This is such a great and simple dress! Easy to make and pretty versatile if you pick the right fabric.

  261. Jenny T. says:

    Lovely dress – and I’m so pumped about the giveaway, since my son just turned one. 🙂

  262. Shannon says:

    The dress looks great on you! Thanks for the review! I’ve been wanting the pattern and your review helps!

  263. Amanda says:

    Great review, I may have to try this one out!

  264. Alexis Meschi says:

    Thanks for the helpful pattern review. The belt makes the dress!

  265. Roxanne says:

    That was a great review. I love seeing tips from someone else who has attempted the pattern before I begin. Thanks!

  266. annie says:

    Hmmm…..I think my sweet Second Grade teacher daughter would LOVE this. thanks for the in-depth review. What a great help to all of us who still love to sew clothing. XXX Annie

  267. Collins says:

    This dress turned out great! I really want to make this dress.

  268. Di says:

    Thank you for the great pattern review! Please do more. I hate buying patterns that just confuse me when I sit down and try to sew.

  269. Serena says:

    I’m definitely going to have to check this pattern out! Thanks for the review Amy!

  270. Tara says:

    I love the v-neck of this pattern. The pictures of pinning the yolk to the front piece are really good. I might have to try to come up with my own pattern piece and make a shirt with this type neck!

  271. Suzanne says:

    Very cute. Not sure how it would look on my body (plus sized), but very cute.

  272. Whistlepea says:

    I must make this now!

  273. Christine says:

    Great review & cute dress!

  274. It’s nice to see this made out of different fabrics for comparison. Plus, as a fairly new sewer, I especially appreciate learning more details about things like the hand-sewing and the gathers. Thanks!

  275. amber says:

    Wow, this dress looks deceptively simple. Thanks for breaking it down so we know what we might be getting into. I think it is adorable and I’m a sucker for any dress or skirt with pockets, so I may just have to tackle it. I like the fabric combo you chose.

  276. Susan says:

    Great Tute! I love the fabrics you chose…..Love Amy Butler! I really want to try and your review convinced me to get started!

  277. Jeni says:

    wow, so cute. thanks for the honest review!

  278. Erin Compton says:

    I’ve been looking for a really cute dress to sew for summer. I think I’ll be adding this to my list of possibilities! Thanks for the thorough review!

  279. Deborah says:

    Loved your review and the dress is awesome!! Thanks!

  280. Jessica says:

    What a cute dress and a great review!

  281. Kelly says:

    LOVE this! A dress with pockets is perfect, and this one seems comfy for the summertime. I might have to be brave and try it!

  282. Rachel says:

    Super cute! I love it with a belt!

  283. anne says:

    I wasn’t very excited about this dress until I saw how it looked with the belt. Love the shape that the belt gives it! Thanks for the review and pics!

  284. Kimberly says:

    I really appreciate all the care you took in writing this review. Thank you!

  285. Meredith says:

    I love the dress – what a classic look with a vintage feel. Thanks for a great review! Can’t wait to try it out. A girl can never have too many dresses!

  286. Anya T. says:

    Great review. Thanks.

  287. JennL says:

    Thanks for the review. Great dress.
    Just saw the Lotta J book giveaway, I would love to win that. So many cute things.

  288. Emily says:

    This is very helpful. I considered purchasing this pattern, but was unsure about the level of difficulty. I like your fabric combo too!

  289. Krista says:

    That is such a cute dress! The review is so detailed which will be a great help when I make this dress …. I hope!

  290. Joelle says:

    Thanks for the really thorough review! Your comments were very detailed and helpful. 🙂

  291. treevillemary says:

    what a cool and comfy looking dress pattern! I LOVE it.

  292. Simone Caldwell says:

    I really enjoyed the review and think I might actually get the pattern! I love that I can do the park to dinner out change with just a belt! The v-neck is also lovely – totally worth the extra work at the yoke. As for the fabric giveaway – I like the Del Hi by Valeri Wells! 🙂

  293. Panamomma says:

    Great review. I have been wondering about this pattern. It seems the pattern is in line with Anna Maria’s book. Your dress is great.

  294. Alej says:

    Thanks for the review! it looks great for the beach or just a fun dress for the summer!

  295. Jan says:

    WOW! What a great dress. I love the fabric combinations used also.

  296. Nicky says:

    What I like about the review is the detail you get about construction. It makes it a lot easier to know if I want to try the pattern or not.

  297. Leslie J says:

    The cinching/belt really did wonders for the silhouette. I’m inspired to modify some patterns I have that I didn’t think would be flattering!

  298. BabkaGal says:

    I love the dress! It looks very versatile (appropriate for casual Fridays at work, as well as Sunday brunches).

  299. Laura M. says:

    Great review and nice work on the dress, I love the belted and non-belted options. Also great idea for a Friday giveaway, I had no idea Lotta was coming out with that book, very exciting!

  300. Shannon says:

    i love the contrast fabric. great review!

  301. Sassafras says:

    This is very helpful for the beginning sewer who wants to venture out of the safety of the basic bags and aprons. Its like crossing the street but still having a hand to hold. Thanks.

  302. Ellen Ban says:

    I’ve got to give this one a try. Looks like a good all purpose dress to have for summer! The reviews are always so helpful! Thanks.

  303. Jane E says:

    I love this dress! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern – I may be confident enough in my sewing skills to make it sometime soon….

  304. Kandra Young says:

    Not really my style of dress – but I LOVE the way the belt just transforms the dress.

  305. Susanna says:

    Super cute! thanks for the review. I might not have made it from the picture on the pattern, but I think I may give it a shot now, if I can find some good material. Thanks!!!

  306. MaryAnn says:

    Thanks for such a detailed review. I love the dress with the wider accent belt added.

  307. Jessica says:

    Darling fabrics, I really like it with the belt. Thanks for all your detailed instructions. I hope one day I can sew like this!

  308. Kolleen says:

    Thanks for the review–the tips and modifications are really helpful and give me hope for making a dress like this that doesn’t make me look pregnant (maybe just curvy?). I like the fabric choice, too.

  309. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    Thanks for all the specific instructions you added. I would feel much more confident to try this after reading your review.

  310. Alison N says:

    I love this pattern! I have fabric cut and I’m ready to start sewing it, and your review will really help me proceed. Thanks!

  311. Agnes D. says:

    Looking forward to trying my hand at making clothes for me and not just my daughter 🙂

  312. haphap47 says:

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been wanting to make this dress, and have just the fabric. Now I need the time. Sigh.

  313. Laurie GArza says:

    Wow! Would love to make this dress

  314. Stephanie says:

    The belt makes all the difference! What a great dress! Thanks!

  315. Thanks for the review! I love your fabric choices – I need to start being more bold mixing designs. It looks great with the wide belt – like you’re ready for a summer night on the town. 🙂

  316. kim says:

    This is it. This is the one. I am going to make it TODAY!

  317. B says:

    This would make the perfect summer dress, and it looks simple enough to throw together one night after the kids go down to bed. Of course that would mean unpacking my machine, and I promised I wouldn’t do that until we moved. BUT, that is only a couple of weeks away.

  318. Rachel says:

    VERY cute dress…LOVE it!!

  319. shannon says:

    Love it! So cute!!!!

  320. Miya says:

    oooh! I’ll look great in this! =)

  321. cassi says:

    love this dress, hopefully my skills will evolved to a point where i can tackle this!

  322. Heather says:

    What a cute dress! Perfect for summer! Please enter me in the fabric giveaway- thanks! 🙂

  323. Tracy says:

    I really like that dress and I might have to make one for myself. Love the wide belt with it.

  324. Christene says:

    Cute dress. Wondering how I can con my mom into making it for me… She has more patience when sewing than I do! 😉

  325. Hayley says:

    Fantastic review! I had seen this pattern in the store recently and wondered if it would look correct made in the smaller sizes. I’m an XS also, and sometimes this style of dress isn’t fitted enough to make you not look preggers 🙂 This looks super cute with the wide belt you have shown. Thanks so much for all the great tips on this one!

  326. Celeste says:

    What a wonderful review! I am much more likely to try this pattern now that I’ve seen your version.

  327. Kate O. says:

    such a helpful pattern review. thank you!

  328. gabrielle says:

    Thanks for the great review! All the little details are so helpful for a newbie like me- this looks like it would be a fairly simple project, but after reading this review, I think I might need a little more practice (and patience!) before attempting it. It’s so nice to know that *before* I started! 🙂

  329. Great review! Kudos on working out the neckline…looks tough! I like it best with the wide pink belt, followed by the small belt. Super cute!

  330. marta says:

    Thanks for all the tips! Great fabric choice!

  331. Barbara Snyder says:

    Beautifully done article! I so appreciate the detail and thought that went into this review/article!

  332. Julie says:

    Great review! The pattern is cute as is your dress.

  333. melanie says:

    Thanks for the great review! I want to try that pattern, I was a little scared, but now I think that I can do it! And I love your choice of fabric!

  334. jen says:

    I am not sure I could pick out the right fabric for this. Great review!

  335. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my goodness! I love this dress! Maybe this can be my first non maternity clothing conquer once this baby gets here! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the pattern. . . .

  336. jess says:

    great review. love the look with the belt and the fabric choices.

  337. pamela lance says:

    I haven’t made clothing for myself in years. It might be time to begin again. Thanks!

  338. Tori says:

    Cute! And it looks like it would be easy to add sleeves, which are a must for me. Thanks for the review!

  339. Erin says:

    Excellent review, and a great dress!!

  340. Meg says:

    Thank you so much for this review, and for the tips on completing the project! I’m still fairly new to garment sewing and was hoping to make this dress, so I know I’ll be coming back for your excellent tips and modifications to keep my cursing to a minimum 🙂 Thanks again for taking the time to do this terrific review, and thanks to Sew, Mama, Sew for sponsoring/hosting these reviews! So helpful.

  341. Jennifer says:

    Love the big pockets on this dress! Seems so easy even a beginner like myself can make this! And how cute would this be in a Heather Ross Mendocino print?

  342. Kate says:

    I love the neckline on that dress! How cute!

  343. Emily S. says:

    I love the addition of the belt- very chic!

  344. Ellyn says:

    I love this pattern, made it for my daughter & it went together quickly & easily. Looks darling on her too! thanks for the review

  345. kelli says:

    Great job and great review. i think it looks smashing.

  346. Jamie says:

    Great review. Thanks for showing it with the belt, too, that looks great!

  347. Anna says:

    Excellent review! The dress looks great on you! And the fabric combination is *perfect*.

  348. Mandy says:

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been wanting to get the pattern and make this dress. The tips are very helpful.

  349. Sooz Wilson says:

    Cute dress.. I love it with the belt.

  350. Donna says:

    Love, love, love Anna Maria Horner! I like your fabric choices. You are so right when you said the belts change it. It really does look like three different dresses!

  351. Valerie says:

    Thanks for the detailed review! Seeing as I’m still afraid to install a zipper, this might be the perfect dress for me…

  352. Melissa says:

    This is a super cute dress. Thanks for the insight!

  353. Tanya Barrett says:

    Great review, always good to see how someone else did it before you go and try it out yourself! 🙂

  354. Shayna says:

    Thanks for the review. So true about sewing around curves needing patience. 😉

  355. Lauren V says:

    cute dress! i like it with the contrasting belt. It could be a little more form fitting, but couldn’t everything? 😉

  356. Bethany says:

    I love Anna Maria Horner’s designs! Thanks for the great review.

  357. Very cute dress. Thank you for the tips! Great tutorial!

  358. Holly says:

    This dress looks fabulous! Can’t wait to try it!

  359. Shannon says:

    The review was great! I feel like I would really know what to expect if I purchased it. Thanks for being so detailed. The dress is adorable!

  360. amy says:

    Your dress looks great! Great pattern review. Thanks for the heads up on the fussiness of it….I would have probably ripped my hair out trying to figure what I had done wrong!

  361. Whitney Rodgers says:

    What a cute, cool summer dress! I’m going to have to try out the pattern.

  362. lifeasamama says:

    thanks for the great review – this is a beautiful dress, and the tips would be very helpful!

  363. stephanie says:

    That looks really great. I love the idea.

  364. Katie says:

    Wow, the choice of fabric is amazing. Would love to try this one out. Many thanks for the pattern review.

  365. Aimee says:

    Thanks for the detailed review. I love your fabric choices!

  366. Gale says:

    What a cute summer dress! Love to dress like this in the summer.

  367. Aunt LoLo says:

    What a sweet dress! It would make such a chic cover up for the beach this summer…

  368. Lori says:

    Love that contrasting yoke. All your tips and insights are great, I wouldn’t have realized this pattern was so complicated (by my standards anyway).

  369. lisa says:

    It is so nice of you to give such a detailed and pretty tutorial. Thank you.

  370. amber says:

    Great fabric choices! I think it really improved the overall appeal of this pattern for me. And this dress would be lovely with some of the new fabric collections in the SMS shop!

  371. Angela Moore says:

    Great review but yuck to all that hand sewing around the neck lining! Oh well, it’s coming into winter here so no neew for summer frocks just yet!!

  372. Kim B. says:

    Fantastic review! Thanks for the tips!

  373. Emmy says:

    I love this! Must start sewing now!

  374. Christina says:

    I’m always too scared to make a pattern without a review, so thanks!

  375. Hazel says:

    Great review! Beautiful dress!

  376. Lori says:

    I want to make this dress!! Thanks for the review!

  377. Trudy Callan says:

    I love all of the detailing of this dress. Fabulous!

  378. Catarina says:

    It’s so nice this dress. I love the version with the belt, is more elegant.

  379. Kelly says:

    So cute, and I love your fabric choice!

  380. Lynne in NC says:

    Great combo of fabrics. Thanks for the heads up on the attachment of the yoke to dress. That will be very helpful when sewing this great summertime treat.

  381. fran says:

    Great review. Very detailed and honest. I don’t usually make clothes for myself but this dress is great, especially the pockets!

  382. Kristin says:

    Very nice review! And very helpful and clear advice. Your dress looks great!

  383. Michele says:

    Fabulous review! I really do like how there is the option of wearing it with or without the belt – it really does give it two different looks! I’m not really a sleeveless kind of girl, but your review has made me consider making it.

  384. Julia says:

    What a thorough review. I wish there was one for every pattern I attempt!

  385. nichole says:

    Thanks for the pattern review! It is always nice to see a real opinion on the difficulty and the strengths of a pattern before I try it!

  386. You know when I first saw this I thought “not my style” but I’ve seen a few of these done in solid colors and those kind of appeal to me so I’m still on the fence…

  387. jennifer w. says:

    What a great review – very helpful. I really need to devote more time to garment sewing.

  388. Holly says:

    I love the addition of the belt. Great review.

  389. Fiona says:

    Beautiful dress!

  390. Christine says:

    Thank you for such detailed review.

  391. Dorte says:

    Thank you for the great review – really makes me want to get going! 🙂

  392. An Van Dessel says:

    Thanks for the review and the tips. Nice dress, I prefer it with the belt. Nice fabric too!

  393. Cami says:

    Wow! That is so perfect for summer. I can’t wait to make one.

  394. Sandra says:

    this is a fabulous dress – i love the fabric selection. Will have to give it a go!

  395. alisha says:

    Great detail in the review. I don’t think this style would be very flattering for my body type, but it looks great on you. I especially like the belted options.

  396. Yaneth says:

    What an absolutely fabulous dress! I love the unbelted version but I ADORE the belted version more!! Can’t wait to try my hand at making this! Thanks for the tips~~

  397. Winter Tree says:

    love it! might actually now attempt such a project thanks to your good tips and step by step instructions – super 🙂

  398. Jenea Harmon says:

    What a cute dress, great fabric choices too! Thanks for the review.

  399. What a great review. I love the photos of the dress with the belt. It looks gorgeous!

  400. Kara says:

    Thanks for the pattern review, and I love your fabric choice with the momo butterfly fabric!

  401. Mama Lusco says:

    Your dress is lovely. Thank you for the great review!

  402. Sara R. says:

    Thanks for the review! Great looking dress.

  403. Leah says:

    I love seeing this dress in different fabrics, as it was hard to picture it without using Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I am so glad to have these tips to go to when I (eventually) decide I want to make it 🙂

  404. What a great tutorial. Thanks!

  405. Beth Prince says:

    Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for the review. I am always a little leary of new patterns, worried they may be too complicated, etc… for an intermediate beginner like me. Thanks for the tips, and I think I might try to give it a go!

  406. Annmarie says:

    Thanks for the review! I strongly dislike handsewing and I am so glad to know about that before starting this pattern. Fab results!

  407. Mrs. JP says:

    What a super cute dress! I really want to make it.

  408. Pam says:

    What a fabulous dress for summer. Thanks

  409. Helena says:

    That looks nice, it turned out really good. Love it with the belt it adds interest.

  410. MegVS says:

    Great review! Love your dress!

  411. kelly mae says:

    I think you’ve found a new style. You rock that dress!
    Fantastic review! Thanks for the tips and detailed photos.
    Off, to purchase the pattern.

  412. Cheryl says:

    Great review! I like that you have the tips along the way giving a heads-up! Thanks!

  413. Ashley says:

    Great review! I made this dress last weekend and found many of the same things to be true.

  414. I love how the dress looks on slender gals but I was thinking it wouldn’t be flattering on my curvy figure, but the belt totally cinches it in and its ammmmmazing! Your review is so wonderfully written!!!! thanks so much!

  415. beki says:

    Judging from the pattern cover image, I never would have chosen this pattern, but after your review, I think I might give it a try. Thanks!

  416. Kristin says:

    Excellent review! Wonderful detail and fantastic tips. I think it looks great all the ways, but I love it best with the wide belt. Thank you!

  417. Lauren says:

    Thank you, this is just in time for summer weather! And I love the look of this dress with the wide belt!

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  419. Debra says:

    Oh wow that dress turned out great!

  420. Thanks for a wonderful review! I have purchased fabric for this dress and copied to pattern pieces, I just need to get going!

  421. damocamelia says:

    Positively beautiful with this Amy Butler fabric!

  422. Teresa says:

    I love this dress. I am going to have to try this pattern out!

  423. Feanna Otta says:

    Thanks for the Review! Very helpful tips! I have this pattern and have it on the to do list. Can’t wait to try it for myself.

  424. Mendy says:

    Wow! Really excellent pattern review. So detailed and well documented with pictures, no less! The dress is really cute and I might try it. I love that it’s a sundress that you could actually wear a bra with! I think I might try adding a wide obi type belt.

    Thanks so much Amy! Great job!

  425. Bethany says:

    Great review. I think all of your tips and modifications would be really helpful for anyone attempting this dress. This dress is also not really my style but it does look like a cute dress. Thanks Amy!

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