Scirocco Dress Pattern Review

Scirocco Dress Pattern Review

Scirocco Dress | Pattern Review

If you don’t want all the nitty gritty details, scroll to the bottom for a short summary.

Have you been lusting for the Scirocco pattern by Figgys?

I haven’t worked with PDF patterns, so I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised that no brain surgery was required to tape it together though. It was really easy!

The Scirocco runs size 18 months to 8/9. The stand out feature is a twist across the shoulder blades, and an adorable open back.

The front bodice a has a really cute embellishment technique.

You start by sewing a 1/2 straight seam down the center front. The bodice is cut on fold, so when you stitch it wrong sides together, then press it flat, you get this nice placket thingy. You can tuck lace, ric-rac, piping, ruffles, or whatever odds and ends you have under the sides.

I went with ric-rac. I love the half exposed look. By the way, this was my favorite part of making the dress. I pulled out every scrap of embellishments I have in the massive stash- it was sensory overload. There are so many cute options here.

This pattern is listed as advanced beginner. I think it’s an extremely fair assessment. I didn’t have any trouble sewing it up, but I admit I had to read the instructions for the bodice a few times. I had to lay it out and pin to make sure I had it right. And then unpin and pin again.

I liked it because the pattern says, “here’s the trick to the bodice”. Kinda like,” Pay attention. If you mess up this will be where.”

The instructions use the method where you pull the lining through the bodice and stitch in layers, so there are no seam allowances inside. I’ve tried to figure out how to do it on my own and not had luck. Also, I’ve tried using this method with commercial pattern instructions and ended up wanting to punch someone in the face. Mission accomplished on Scirocco, and I love the finish. The way it sews up, it feels like an expensive dress. You won’t find a lot of ready to wear constructed so beautifully.

My size 8/9 was way too short on Bella. I could’ve added 5″ or more. Figgy’s patterns run a bit small compared to some designers, but they are true to their measurement chart. I know that now. Sigh.

I had to get a shorter model to show you guys this dress. Meet Maris! Isn’t she a cutie?

(Maris is about a size 6 slim. Since I made a size 8, the bodice had to be pinned in on both side seams by an inch. The gaping you see around the neck, bodice back, & armholes is nonexistent when Bella wore it.)

This pattern is would be pretty easy to frankenstein. The bodice could interchange with any elastic waist skirt or shorts. You would need a flat front, with elastic only in back for it to work.

I really like the fact that there are no buttons, ties or zippers. Girls can easily dress themselves wearing Scirocco, and that the dress is fully lined- so no need for surging. (I did surge my hems before folding over and stitching in place, but if you fold over 2x, there’s no need. )

Skill level: advanced beginner
Beautiful construction with no exposed seam allowances & no serging required
Bodice fit is true to size
Skirt needs A LOT of length added for my enormous child

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Kendra

    Amy, I just adore this dress! Thank you for sharing on Crafty Thursday Obsessions!
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  2. Cindy

    Super cute dress! The ric-rac you added is a great embellishment.:)

  3. Veronica

    Love your Scirroco dress. I made one in size 5t for my daughter (haven’t blogged about it yet) and I felt the overall length is just fine. However, the skirt lining could be a couple of inches longer in my opinion. On my daughter, the bodice was a little long, but I didn’t discover this until the dress was finished. Loved learning a new way to make a fully line bodice. Visiting from The Train to Crazy party.

    • Amy

      Thanks for the tip! I was wondering about that! I’ll update the post :)

  4. Sarah Schultz

    Hi. I love this dress. I have used a quite a few pdf patterns and what I do is print them on cardstock and tape together and trace the size I need on to large tracing paper. That way I have it already printed and usually different sizes are colored so it makes it easier to follow. And then I don’t run into a hiccup if my tape came loose in the middle of tracing or cutting out the original.
    Thanks for linking up at A Crafty Soiree.

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    • Amy

      That’s smart! I’m a newbie to PDFs so I’ll take all the help I can get. Do you buy cardstock at Office Depot type places, just like a regular ream of paper?

      • Sarah Schultz

        Yes. Usually it is a pack of 250 sheets. Should be available at any office supply store.

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  5. louise

    I love this pattern! I don’t really sew for girls, but I’ve had my eye on the pattern! Looks great!
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  6. Evelyn @ My Turn for us

    This little outfit is just precious but not as precious as your little model:) She is just adorable:) Great tutorial!!
    Just dropping in from Live Laugh Rowe to meet you and follow you:)

    I would also love to invite you to join Let’s Get Social Sunday and link up your blog and all your social sites at one great place to meet some lovely new friends and gain more followers!! (150 bloggers every week:)

    Hope to see you there and have a totally awesome day!!
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  7. T'onna

    Cute dress! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!


  8. Mitch and Judy

    Bella is a star, thanks for all your support. Love Mitch and Judy

  9. Rachel

    I love this dress! It’s cute in the pink. I’m pushing it out on my sewing list until the weather starts to warm, but I’ll remember to check the length-thanks for the heads up! I’m glad to hear you skill assessment this dress looks like it could be a hard sew, encouraging review!
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    • Amy

      I can’t wait to make the Banyan pants.

  10. Margaret F Johnson

    Nice review, love the pics.


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