A couple weeks ago, I made a dress using the Serendipity Studio Zoe Dress sewing pattern, and Melody Miller's new Ruby Star Sparkle fabrics. Melody asked me to make a dress for her booth, and I was completely floored and honored to do so!! I chose the 'Camera' print in oranges and purples, and it worked out amazing with this dress pattern!
Fabric: I used 2-1/2 yards of fabric to make this dress. The original pattern had sleeves, and I did actually make the sleeves, but my husband liked it on me sleeveless, so that's what I did. The pattern contains instructions and yardage in case you'd like to use several different fabrics on your dress, or add other features such as ruffles or trim. Kay Whitt's patterns are always really wonderful in that way in that they all give you the tools to make your dress uniquely you.
Pattern Pieces: There are about the usual number of pattern pieces you would expect for an article of fitted clothing. There is also a facing along the neckline, as the dress is not lined.
Illustrations/Instructions: I believe even a confident beginner would be able to make any of the Serendipity Studio clothing patterns if they so desired. The pattern has illustrations for nearly all of the steps, and is written in a way that is very detailed and 'there for you' as a sewist.
If you can see by the photos that the skirt features lovely large pleats, you will never believe how easy they are to make! The dress uses an invisible zipper, which Kay has some detailed instructions on her blog for how to do. All in all, another winner of a pattern!!
I paired mine with a thrifted belt at the waist, and I couldn't love it any more! I would have thought the pleats would feel very heavy in this decor-weight fabric, but they actually don't. They just feel lovely and swingy. Besides not using sleeves, I didn't make any other modifications to the pattern.
Conclusion: Another winning pattern in my sewing pattern library! Get this now!