Victory Patterns’ Simone dress: not worth it!

Victory Patterns Simone muslin - front

Last week I mentioned that I was playing around with Victory PatternsSimone dress and trying to overcome some challenges in the pattern.  Well folks, I have officially given up… for now at least.  Maybe I’ll come back to this one day when I can muster up the patience for some serious pattern alterations, but for now I’ve had enough frustration.

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Initial impressions of Victory Patterns’ Simone dress

Victory Simone pattern and muslin - close up

It’s been a busy weekend!  I had hoped to get enough sewing done to share a meatier blog post with you today, but alas, I didn’t quite get there.  Oh well!  For now, I’ll give you a quick update with the promise of more to come in the next few days.  : )

Yesterday I went on a little sewing outing and picked up the Simone dress by Victory Patterns at Gather Here.  It was totally an impulse buy, but since I had been eyeing this pattern since last summer, I figured a spontaneous purchase was justified.  I spent most of my sewing time this weekend making a muslin, and although there are a handful of minor adjustments to make, I think a real Simone is indeed in my future.

Victory Simone pattern and muslinI also picked up a huge roll of tracing paper at Artist & Craftsman Supply, which felt like hitting the jackpot.  I’ve been buying my tracing paper there forever and never noticed the big rolls all the way in the back corner of the store.  Who knew??  Now I do, apparently.  : )  Thankfully, I found it just in time to trace the huge Simone skirt pieces.

Now, about this pattern.  I’m sure I’ll have much more to say about it as I work my way through the dress, but I do have a few initial comments.  This is my first time using Victory Patterns, and so far I’m really not impressed.  The instructions are shockingly bad.  Like, embarrassingly bad.  A large part of my job for the past 10 years has been publishing written documents, and this kind of work would easily get me fired.  It seems like the instructions were (a) poorly translated from another language and (b) not proofread at all.  Considering the steep price of this pattern ($20 US), I’m really disappointed in the quality.

I’m also not impressed with the pattern drafting.  I’ll have more to say about this later, but again, for the price of the pattern, I expect a well-drafted dress.  It doesn’t even seem to fit right on the model!

With that said, I do really like the design of the dress, which is why I bought it in the first place.  I think the cut will be flattering on me, and I think I have enough sewing experience at this point to get past the poor instructions and not-so-great drafting.

I’ve got a first draft of a muslin already, which you can see above, and I’ll plan to take some photos of me wearing it in the next few days, once I finish tweaking it.

Have you ever tried Victory Patterns?  What did you think of them?