Sew House 7 Romey Dress: Pattern Review

Pattern: Romey Gathered Top and Dress from Sew House 7 patterns

Fabric: Bee print poly crepe

Notes: One thing I love about sewing is the ability to experiment with different silhouettes. This kind of oversized fit is everywhere right now, but I haven’t been sure it was something I could pull off. When I saw this pattern appear on my Instagram feed, I immediately was attracted to the versions made in crepe or challis. I ordered a poly crepe from fabric.com to try it out for low investment.

The pattern comes as a PDF, and the taping/cutting was like most. It does include layers in the file, so I was able to print only the size 6 that I planned to make. I decided to make the longer length so that I might be able to wear it a little longer this fall.

I have to say that I was pretty impressed overall with the quality of the drafting and the instructions. Most of the seams were finished as french seams, and for the most part that worked out really well. I do think that it’s a mistake for the pattern to call for the underarm seam to be finished in that way – in my opinion that’s too much of a curve for a french seam to lay smoothly. I would not do it that way again.

The tricky bits – the front neckline, sleeve cuffs, and the patch pockets – were all well illustrated. I think that a fairly new sewer could make this dress if they take their time. But maybe not in poly crepe. This fabric did hold a crease, but not all that well, so it might be challenging to a new sewist.

My final verdict? I really like the way this looks, and it’s super comfy. I’ve got a video on my instagram in case you’d like to see how it moves (stitchywitchcreates is my id.) I’m probably not going to start making all my clothes oversized, but I think this dress is fun and I’m glad I made it!

Did you notice my new location? I’ve given up on photos in my apartment because there’s just no natural light at all. Instead, I brought my tripod to work and used my office during lunchtime. It’s so much better!