I like these patterns. They go together very easily, as the pieces are very similar to commercial pattern pieces. If you are at the intermediate or advanced sewing levels, the instructions are not really needed, unless you plan to hand sew these, as the instructions demonstrate. My only complaint is that the sewing instructions are on a very large, fold out sheet, which makes them hard to follow, unless you lay them out flat somewhere. All in all, very nice patterns to give the correct period look.
This dress went together like a dream. It is very straight forward, and easy to understand. I did have to size up the sleeves, as they seemed a little narrow, and I have very cushy arms. I also cut some of the length off, as I wanted the sleeves to only be elbow length. The pattern does come with a petticoat pattern, however I did not use it, I just followed the directions for it, using two lengths of satin, and box pleated a ruffle to the bottom. I added a white lace trim to the box pleat around the petticoat. I purchased the buttons that you can cover in fabric to use for the buttons on the back of the bodice for the skirt hikes. For decoration on the bodice, I did a box pleat trim made from fabric that was pinked. I placed this trim around the sleeves and neckline. I really like this pattern, and see myself using it again and again.
For more information on the dress in the photo above, please visit the project page for 1770’s Polonaise.