I consider myself still a beginner, a more advanced one, but I always seem to learn something new with each pattern I sew. I am very certain a confident beginner could be quite successful with this pattern. Regardless of skill, you will love Amelia.
Amelia is available in both Womens sizes 0-30, and Girls 6mo-12, so an opportunity for a Mommy and Me pattern. My daughter falls in between both, and I feared I wouldn't meet the deadline needing to alter the pattern to fit her, so I stuck with just the Women's size 8 short sleeve top and dress length, without a single deviation from the original pattern.
Both the Girl's and Women's version of Amelia include three lengths (top, dress, and maxi), and four sleeve options (sleeveless, short, 3/4, and long). The Women's already includes a Full Bust Adjustment option if you need it, I did not. The knit bodice in both versions can be paired with another knit or woven, I did both. I was a little concerned making the 8 because my hips measure 41 inches, but as you see there are no fit issues there.
The instructions were easy to follow and illustrations clear. I did get hung up my first time reading the band instructions, but when it came to construction it became easier to understand. Printing is also offered in layers, and there is a chart showing the pages needed to save paper.
I am so comfortable wearing either the top or dress. I even wore this to my job hosting karaoke and didn't have one wardrobe malfunction, but did get loads of compliments. I will be making one for my daughter, and a maxi for me as tge weather cools. I even have an idea on combining this with another BSD pattern, that post is coming soon.
Pick up your copy of the Amelia in Women's version on sale for $6.50, and the Girl's for $5.50, no code needed. This sales price is good through May 24th at Midnight EST.