This was my first, and also as yet only, big 4 pattern I’ve ever made. I always get put off by the sometime questionable styling choices on the packages and daunted by the sheer amount of patterns they offer. This pattern I saw in a Frankie magazine and it was made up in a similarly bright cotton for a Spotlight advertisement.  If I had  not seen the dress presented this way I doubt I would have chosen this pattern even though I do have a few dresses in a similar shape in my wardrobe. 

I made this dress 2 years ago when my  grandma bought me sewing lessons for Christmas. Without the help of someone really experienced I likely could not have completed this. If you live in south east Melbourne I would highly recommend Sue from Sew Good with Sue who was really lovely and helped me learn so much about sewing through her skills and attention to detail. This made the dress a great learning experience as it has button holes, zippers, lining, pleats, pockets, interfacing and back and bust darts, none of which I had done before this dress. Now I’m super glad I picked this dress to make as I learnt so so much.

Overall I’m super happy with this dress as it’s a little more formal than the rest of my handmade wardrobe and I love the pleated skirt and pockets. This dress a little shorter than I would have liked (a mistake I’ve made often) as I think the pleated skirt might sit a little better had it been longer. 

I think I’ll continue to mostly use patterns from indie designers  because it’s always much easier to work out what the finished garment will look like due to the styling of the clothing, plenty of different makes on social media and the detailed instructions that make the entire process so much easier. Also, as I normally buy PDF patterns as it’s sometimes cheaper for me to buy this way. That said this dress did work out really well so maybe I’ll give another pattern from one of the Big 4 a go.

Pattern- Simplicity 2215

Fabric- printed cotton from Spotlight.