My Holiday Dress – Pattern Review: Simplicity 1878

My Holiday Dress

My Holiday Dress – Pattern Review: Simplicity 1878

holiday dress pattern review

My super festive holiday dress and decor

holiday dress pattern review

The inside of the collar

holiday dress pattern review

Collar mismatch at the zipper

holiday dress pattern review

Puckered chest


The Pattern Review Overview

This is a Simplicity 1787 pattern review…it’s a cute dress pattern with long and short sleeves…as well as sleeveless options. It also gives you 3 different length options. I am a huge fan of ModCloth and I wanted to start making more clothing like that to add to my wardrobe. So, Ta-Da! My Holiday dress idea was born!


  • Really easy to use
  • Great recommendations for finishing seams


  • Some pieces didn’t fit together properly
  • The fit was very very loose
  • The collar was hemmed before the zipper was put in

Mixing it up

I stepped outside of the box with this pattern only to for some more shape to the fit. I took in the side seams to make it look a little less bag-like.

Things learned

  • I really need to start marking my patterns better
  • Finishing seams with the zig-zag stitch

The full wrap up

I thought the pattern was cute and I’d use it again. It turned out great even though there was some imperfections to my finished product. It’s a nice, casual look…even if some think it looks more like a tunic than a nice dress.

Great costume uses for this pattern.

This pattern could yield a pretty cute 70s outfit if you used some cool funky fabric…Another great use would be to make Kiki’s dress from Kiki’s Delivery Service….all black, using the version with the sleeves. 🙂

Stay tuned for another pattern review in the future as I continue to increase my skills! You can buy the pattern from here or from any local craft store



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