Pattern Review: The Effie Dress

*This pattern PDF was sent to me by Michelle Sews Patterns at no cost for the purpose of review. I am happy to share my own thoughts and experience with you. *

Pattern Description (from the designer): Effie is a contemporary shirt dress pattern with a straight-cut profile, hidden button placket, and below-knee length. Perfect for warmer weather, but still smart enough for the office.

My first thoughts: I was really drawn (haha) to the line graphic of this pattern, it actually doesn’t look like like any of the shirt dresses I have sewn or seen around.It combines relaxed simplicity with elegant simplicity, and that is a rare balance to strike.  My second thought is how many fabrics I can picture this being made up in. Tartan for winter? so seasonal. Cut-out lace with solid contrast details? Very high-end.

Size Range: Bust 31″ to 57″, Hip 34″-59″ . The sizes are divided in 2 PDF files size 6-20 B cup and sizes 16-30 D cup. All drafted for a height of 5’6″.

I made a size 8 based on finished measurements chart, grading to a 6 at the waist and 10 at the hips. There was plenty of ease, and in a less draped fabric I would probably size down to an 8 at the hip. I didn’t alter the length, but my viscose seemed to grow so its the intended length on my 5’9-ish frame.

Things I loved: The lack of waist seam and hidden placket keep the front of this dress SO CLEAN. I think that’s the key to its elegance. (Also the key to less button-hole stress…) The pockets are generous, so that I can be (with snacks..). The necklilne has enough space to button up all the way without my feeling strangled. I don’t like things touching my throat.

Things I didn’t: There wasn’t much to complain about here, frankly. Maybe just that it fits a bit looser than my style preferences. But that’s personal.

Conclusion: This pattern says “Intermediate” but I think that an advernturous beginner really could have a go. If you are looking to round out a wardrobe of sweatpants and ballgowns, Effie is the sweet spot!

You can find the pattern here!

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