I recently got to sew the Jackie Dress as a pattern tester for a new clothing pattern company called Rad Patterns. My cousin Stephanie is the designer and she is totally legit (she has a degree in apparel design), so I was pretty excited to try out the Jackie Dress.
Here’s what I love about the Jackie Dress! First of all, the pattern is very user-friendly- it comes as a PDF with layers so you can select your size and print out exactly what you want- nothing extra. It has photos and illustrations to go along with the instructions, so if you need clarification, it’s right there. That said, this is probably an intermediate level project.
Second, I love how versatile this pattern is! I chose to make my dress knee length, with a sleeve cuff and V- back, but there are options for a longer skirt, boat neck back, no cuff, and a cute waist tab. I also chose to use different fabrics for the skirt and top of the dress- navy blue suiting for the skirt, and white peachskin for the top. It totally works because of the invisible zipper in the back. This dress can be dressed up or dressed down. I love wearing it with this cardigan. I am thinking about making a more casual cotton version of this dress too.
If you make this dress with suiting material like I did, depending on the stiffness of the fabric, you might want to make the skirt a little narrower, but as long as your fabric has a good drape to it, the pattern is perfect as-is!
Stephanie has another pattern in the final stages of testing and it will be released in the next week or two. Check out her Facebook Page- Rad Patterns to get access to new patterns as they are available. Or, check out her blog for sewing tips, free downloadable patterns, advice on teaching kids to sew, and pattern design progress.
The Jackie Dress downloadable pattern is available on Etsy.