The Energy Dress is a delightful design that can go from casual to formal with a change of fabric and length. Solids give it a sophisticated look, while fun prints with a contrasting bodice make it the perfect choice for a casual affair. It features gathered raglan sleeves and a figure flattering shape, designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®. This simple, yet elegant style is sure to become a favorite. Included in this educational PDF pattern is a tutorial section which discusses raglan sleeves, directional prints, and unbalanced stripes. An unconventional lining technique is also explained. This PDF sewing pattern has detailed instructions to help take the confident beginner to the next level. Hook and loop back closure provide for ease of dressing.
Recommended Fabrics: Cotton woven, silk dupioni, taffetta, or similar weight and drape
-Fabric VIEW 1 & 2: 1 fat quarter or 1/4 yd 45” wide
-Fabric VIEW 3: 1/3 yd 45” wide fabric
-Contrast fabric: scrap 8” X 16” or 1/8 yd 45” wide
-6” length 3/4” wide double-sided hook and loop tape
-Thread to match
-Standard sewing tools
Skill Level: Confident Beginner/Intermediate
What You Get: One 41 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.
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This was a great pattern for me to use as my first project in the “Sewing With Specialty Fabrics “ online class purchased from this site. I used a faux dupioni silk. The directions are very clear and the designer went out of her way to be informative. The use of a double sleeve hem, as questioned by a previous reviewer, is used to provide a clean finish and prevent the fabric edges from fraying and showing at the bottom of the sleeve. A fabric such as dupioni would absolutely need this hem treatment, as would many other fabrics. The facing and linings also are necessary to finish the neck and back edge and hold the waist seam in its proper place. They also give needed structure to the bodice. Don’t hesitate to purchase this pattern, it is a very easy sew with great results. I thought the sleeves were particularly beautiful and the lines were great. It would make a very nice wedding dress because it would highlight a special fabric well. Next time I find some spectacular wedding dress fabric, I will use this pattern.
I liked the pattern. Vivian. Richards
I have enjoyed sewing all of the patterns from this designer. This pattern is full of techniques which you may or may not have used, like staystitching, under stitching, and even includes tips on which side of the fabric should be on the top or the bottom when sewing the actual seam (not meaning right sides together or not, but whether the bodice or the skirt piece of fabric should be on the top when sewing) and the reasons why. There are tips on choosing prints and stripes, and how to position the stripes for the best effects. Yes, there was a lot of writing. There were lots of steps. But it was like a private sewing lesson. It explained the processes, and the reasons why you wanted to take the time to do those steps. And yes, it could be done with simpler techniques, but there is something special about having something that looks this good on the inside, too. Enough about the techniques, how about the possibilities -- I saw the pattern as a perfect opportunity to try out a couple of GennieWren's embroidery patterns on the skirt, and added embroidery to the hem which coordinated with the print I used on the bodice. It really made this a one-of-a-kind outfit. And the fit was very flattering on the doll I used. It has a nice flare which gave a really nice silhouette to the dress. Can you tell how much I liked this dress! My GD loves to choose this dress when we set up the OG Vet Center.
The pattern is fully explained with clear photographs of each process. The facings make the inside look neat and professional. There's a wealth of interesting information in this pattern. including working with striped fabrics, and how the stripe direction will affect the look of the color blocked sleeves.