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Seamwork Magazine – The Ariane Slip Dress Review

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Ariane Slip Dress Pattern

I am in LOVEEEE with the Ariane pattern!!!!  This is definitely my new “freakum” dress. (Beyhive stand up!)

This pattern was a “freebie” that is the dress version of the  Ariane Bodysuit pattern. Which I plan to review as well later next week. I know that seems backwards to review the “bonus” pattern before the pattern it origanted from – but there was a method to my madness!!


This was my very first time working with fold over elastic and it would have also been my first time making a bodysuit that has crotch snaps AND underwire. I wanted something that seemed easier at first and didn’t want to have to tackle too many “new”  techniques in one sitting.  I bet once I finish the bodysuit this weekend – I will find that it’s just as easy!!
Tackling the fold-over elastic was much easier than I expected it to be!  I had anxiety over it for no reason!  I started this project March 1st(see progress photos below ) and just finished it this week! SMH!! Shame on me – because this is an easy pattern!

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On to the review!


Pattern Description:
The Ariane slip dress is a “bonus” pattern that is offered in the February 2017 issue of Seamwork magazine. The Ariane pattern itself is a super cute bodysuit.

The Ariane Slip features a fully lined bra cup; to which you can add support by inserting underwire or elastic into the seam allowances. Not only is Ariane functional, it is versatile.
Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes absolutely!

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions were super easy. I love the fact that you can email seamwork and they are more than happy to answer any questions you have!! Can you do that with Mccalls, Butterick , Simplicty etc? NAH.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I loved everything about this pattern. I loved the fact that it has options to add extra support to your bust. You can either use clear elastic or actual underwiring and it gives instructions for both. I chose not to use anything for the dress and it still fits AMAZING. I will try underwire with my next dress.

Fabric Used:

I used a beautiful Performance Knit from Joann Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I didn’t make any alterations to this pattern. Normally i change something even if it’s just a personal style preference. It’s like they made this dress for me lol. It’s perfect.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yesssssssss. I’m going to make a few actual slips and I plan to make a few more to wear out. You can never have too many “freakum” dresses. I definitely need this in all black.


This is an amazing pattern with an amazing fit!!!  Seamwork magazine strikes again!



24 thoughts on “Seamwork Magazine – The Ariane Slip Dress Review

  1. This seems really cool. Think I might try this 🙂

    1. Thank you!! You should really check it out. They have tons of patterns available and you can pick any two that you want each month. I loveeeee it !

  2. This is so cute. I’m so inspired!!

    1. Thanks so much!

  3. So pretty !! I need to look into this magazine

    1. You will love it. It’s such a wonderful price for what you receive. Don’t forget to use my referral link if you do decide , then you can get your first month half off.

  4. This pattern is GORGEOUS!

    1. Thank you so much!

  5. Super Cute! So cool that you made that yourself.

  6. This is so cute!! I’m currently learning how to sew and this is giving me motivation to keep going!

  7. I love the print on this fabric and the style of the dress is so flirty! Great work.

    1. Thank you!

  8. I love this! So beautiful; well done, Ally :*

    1. Thank you!!!!

  9. so cool more blogs…. i want to learn to sew

  10. I just got a sewing machine so I really nedded this…!!

  11. Love you post and the fabric you chose! I also had a bit of anxiety regarding the straps but I found that they really weren’t that bad just like you mentioned. Now we are prepared to sew amazing straps on anything! 🙂

    1. Rightttt!! They weren’t that bad AT ALL!! Do you remember what width/length stitch you used for the fold over elastic?? I tried two different stiches – both stretched – but one looked too skinny and didn’t have that look that REady to wear “zig zag” stiching has if you know what i mean!

      1. I definitely know what you mean! I don’t remember off the top of my head but I know I picked a wide stitch to make sure it stayed folded. That was the other confusing part – how it folded! I was like wait which side is the right way?? haha I love that Seamwork’s patterns are simple enough to finish over the weekend but you always learn a new tidbit and become a better sewist because of it.

        1. Yesss!! I didn’t know which side was which either lmbooooo. Mine could be on completely wrong. But oh well – it looks nice lol. Yesssss!!!! That is what I love about thier patterns too. They’re super cute – but pretty easy/straight forward. Do you use commercial patterns like Mccalls , Simplicity etc?

          1. Haha!! Glad to know it wasn’t just me! 😄 I don’t use commercial not because I don’t want to I just haven’t gotten around to it! Haha my sewing list is just sooo long! But I have a few saved that I’m hoping to try soon!

          2. I prefer the PDF patterns to be completely honest! The sizing is better , the instructions are better, and the styles are usually better and more up to date!!!! How long have you been sewing?

          3. That’s good to know! I’ll keep that in mind before I make a commercial pattern purchase. I’ve been sewing on and off for several years. I was an Apparel Production major in college but didn’t sew for years after I graduated even though I really wanted to. But over the past couple years I have been making time to pursue this passion of mine and so thankful that I am. How about you?

  12. […] have really been trying to prepare myself for Bra-Making ! I practiced with elastic with the Ariane Dress pattern.  It really gave me a lot of confidence working with elastic. While this pattern does NOT […]

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