I was very honored to be able to test the Sis Boom Angie Dress. It was a very quick sew, and I had a lot of fun making it (plus the fabric is really cute!!).
|Sis Boom Angie Dress|
Pattern Pieces - This is a .pdf pattern, and there are only pattern pieces to print and cut out for the bodice back and the bodice front. The skirt piece is cut from a rectangular measurement based on your size, and how long you want the skirt to be. I decided that I wanted a dress cut above the knee so that I could wear it over leggings and boots, so I cut my skirt at 28" long.
Illustrations/Instructions - As per usual, the Sis Boom pattern instructions are all incredibly detailed, and I believe a beginner would be able to make any of them. Earlier this year, I made the Jamie Dress, and I loved it so much that I made 3 different versions (an Amy Butler patchwork version can be found here).
Each step to the pattern has a computer-drafted illustration on what to do next. If you are new to sewing garments, the pages at the front of the pattern will explain everything that you need to know (how to make bias tape, how long to make the skirt based on your height, etc.).
As you can see from my dress, I made my bias tape as showing from the outside, but there is also an option for it to be hidden as a facing. Other options to this pattern include 3 different neckline heights (I opted to go with the regular neckline, as opposed to the high or the low necklines), different lengths to the skirt, and you may also make a waist sash and tie.
The bias trim was not difficult to sew on, but it did take a bit of extra time. I tried the dress on before I sewed the bias on the neckline, and also before sewing it to the armholes, because I had to make a tiny adjustment to the bodice on both (I trimmed a small amount from the shoulder seam and the side seam, in order to lay flat on my body; this is just a fitting issue and might differ with each person). The pattern is definitely true to size.
Conclusion - Love this dress, and would like to make it again. This pattern is great for a beginner, and I'd also recommend venturing out and trying it in a different type of fabric besides quilting fabric if you find something else you like!