A Stylishly Simple Allie Dress

Am I allowed to say that I really love a pattern I have created myself?

It is not very modest I know, but I really do!

Talk about blow my own trumpet!


I have rambled on quite a bit recently about my Allie Dress pattern, and I have already blogged about my gingham version and my mint version, and the lovely blogger Claire has even had a go at a pattern hack turning it into a top! I have been thrilled by the positive response it has gotten and all the lovely complements. People seem to agree it is a very pretty dress, so thank you :D

The Allie Dress by Made With Hugs and Kisses

However, I do understand that the Allie dress is a little exceedingly girly and some people may be of the opinion that it is not the most practical of garments.

It may be considered a little ‘costumey’.

A fair assumption – I completely understand.

The Allie pattern is for the bodice and waistband section of the dress, the idea being you can add your preferred style of skirt to suit your own needs.

Now my two previous versions have both showcased a rather large, gathered circle skirt making this very theatrical – just how I like it! I did however, promise to show the Allie dress in a more subdued state – something a little more wearable that may relate to fellow sewers a little more.

simple allie dress by made with hugs and kisses

Well here you go – now isn’t this MUCH more wearable!

simple allie dress by made with hugs and kisses

 I followed the bodice pattern just as intended in the original.The bodice is fully lined with a  lightweight white cotton. The main fabric was actually a pair of curtains given to me by my nan!

Waste not want not!

There are just a few differences between this and my other variations. The first is the skirt of course.

simple allie dress by made with hugs and kisses

The skirt is a straight forward rectangle with a couple of pleats in the front (three on each side) and two in the back.

This gives it just the right amount of volume, without it being puffy! 

I eliminated the patch pockets, mainly due to my fabric choice. You will also notice that I haven’t gone for contrasting fabrics in this version because I didn’t feel it was needed, but I did break it up at the waist with a navy ribbon that ties in the back.

simple allie dress by made with hugs and kisses

The other main difference is that I adapted my halter neck straps into shoulder ties. A few people had commented that they liked the dress but were unsure they could pull off a halterneck.

This was very easily done. Simply cut out the two neck ties as stated in the original pattern and then cut these in half to make the four straps. Attach them to the garment in between the bodice and lining and then tie them as tightly as required.

They are the perfect width to hide a bra strap so there will be no lady bump issues :D 

simple allie dress by made with hugs and kisses

If you would like to download the Allie Dress pattern then please click HERE.

I would love, love, love to see your versions, and I am eager to get your feedback on the simple skirt and whether you think it works.

Better, the same or worse? 


  1. Handmade by Lorna says:

    You do right to blow your own trumpet – I know I would if I was clever enough to make my own dress pattern. This version is lovely, perfect for summer, your nan’s curtains look great! I too love reusing curtains as the fabric is usually in good condition and there is lots of it. You did a great job of your new dress – wear it with pride.
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  2. Imogheena Farandel says:

    I love it :-) It’s definitely more practical and everyday (in a good way) than the costumey interpretations of it. It is a good demo of how interpreting a pattern can make such a difference in the final garment.

    As for the fabric? omg I’m in love with it. My granny never gave me any curtains of any sort, let alone something so pretty! And the gingham tie sets it off perfectly.

    And if you didn’t love your own pattern there’d be something wrong, I reckon!
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