Today is a special day! Did you know that I’m not wearing any pants today? Yep, that’s right… because it’s the Summer of No Pants! We’re beautifying our summer by donning our dresses and skirts. Don’t have any dresses or skirts that are worthy of being seen in? No problem, that’s what I’m here for today! Let me tell you about a little dress pattern from Sis Boom Pattern Co. called The Angie Dress. Sis Boom Pattern Co. is the brainchild of Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom and Carla Crim of Scientific Seamstress. Hello talent!!!
The Angie Dress for women (of course) is a must have, go-to dress pattern that you simple must add to your collection. This pdf pattern is only $10 (say what???), and let me tell you, you get a lot of bang for your buck! With one sewing pattern you get a dress that can be made with so many design options you could make a different dress for every day of the week and then some! Choose different necklines and dress lengths as well as an optional sash and pockets! Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? I chose the regular neckline with the knee length skirt, no sash needed, I already had one (YAY!).
Right out of the gate, one of the perks of this pattern is the handy printing guide. For the size 4-6, which is the size that I made, it was only necessary for me to print 6 pages! The only tiles needed are those that make up the bodice pattern. The skirt front and back are simply two rectangles of fabric, cut to the dimensions that are specified in the pattern for your size. What a great paper saver!
Jennifer and Carla do such a wonderful job creating a user friendly and thorough pattern. They take the reader through correct fitting, where to cut for the perfect length for your height, terminology and techniques, and how to mark and sew darts. Instructions are clear and complete with plenty of professional illustrations and photographs for those of us who need them.
This is a simple and straightforward pattern that does not require too much fabric or time. I would say the skill level is confident beginner and up. It really is that easy to make a beautiful dress with this pattern! There are no zippers required! This is a pullover your head kind of dress with a length of elastic sewn into the back of the waist (a cinch to do), making it easy to get into. I will say this… I am not well endowed in the chest. I have a very small chest and so I went with the 4-6 in the pattern. Even with the smaller size I found the bodice to be a little bit big on me. I normally wear a 6 off the rack, so this was pretty true to size. The armholes were perfectly sized. If I had gone down a size I’m afraid that they would have been uncomfortable and that I might not have had an easy time getting the dress on and off over my head, even with the elastic in the back.
So, Summer of No Pants members… I highly recommend the Angie Dress Sewing Pattern! You will be delighted with your dress, so much so that I predict you will make it again and again. And as the temps cool off perhaps we’ll make our Angie Dresses in a fine wale corduroy and pair it with a cute cardigan and boots? Maybe the Summer of No Pants will transition into the Fall of No Pants? What do you think?
While you’re thinking about that, go ahead and enter to win a pattern of your choice from Jennifer and Carla… they’d love to give one of you a free pattern! And keep a lookout for my Sew Fab ePattern Sale this fall for back to school patterns, including one from Sis Boom Pattern Co.!