I recently made this dress for myself. I like it because it's easy to alter. However, I wouldn't recommend it for a first time sewist for a couple of reasons. First off, there are no directions on making the casing for the elastic in the neck, on the sleeves if you choose to use one, or at the empire waist. Now if you've already done this kind of thing it's easy, but if you're just learning you'll want to use a more descriptive pattern first. Also, there aren't directions on how to put the two pieces of the bodice together (there's an extension on a second page) or how to best lay out the pattern. Again, intermediate or advanced sewists won't have trouble with this but it could be confusing for beginners. Oh, and the patterns are made to be traced, not cut...I use freezer paper from the grocery store because I find it's more sturdy than pattern tracing stuff and it's cheaper. I go through rolls of it around the holidays with 13 grandkids to sew for.
That being said, I love this pattern! I altered it by adding width to the sleeves, placing the pattern an inch from the center fold (the biggest size doesn't quite accommodate my tummy) and flaring the skirt part out so the bottom was a total of 12" wider than the original pattern. I also added 4" in length to the skirt. It goes together really fast because you just sew the sleeves to the front and back, sew the side seams, add the casing and elastic, hem the dress and sleeves and you're done! I chose to add the waistline casing after I had completed one side seam so I didn't have to try to sew it while the dress was like a tube, though that's not necessarily harder. It's just something I prefer to do. I use single fold bias tape for casing and 3/8" elastic for this peasant-style garment - it seems to be just the right size.
This is best made with a woven fabric. I used a blue and teal-green batik I got online because I like how the bias on batiks has a bit more give than some other cottons. Fabrics can be mixed if you want; this particular dress I made all one color because I love this fabric!
Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Mamu makes great patterns as long as you have a grasp on basic sewing techniques.
So here's the completed dress: