Cutting to the chase, the actual project file (PDF) is here. This is clearly sponsored by Pfaff, and having seen sewing projects from the Pfaff site before, I know that the majority of their sewing projects are just embellishments to garments that you make from a Big 4 sewing pattern. That's pretty much what you get here. As lsaspacey pointed out, we are to make the dress using one Simplicity pattern for the dress and another Simplicity pattern for the hood. The sleeve cuffs and tabs are constructed of various size rectangles of fabric, and get this: the pockets aren't really pockets -- they are faux welt pockets. You have this roomy dress that can easily camouflage the bulk that pockets and stuff in them can add, but you don't actually add the pockets! Mystifying.
As a sort-of intermediate sewist, I am deciding to go with my gut response: Simplicity Built By Wendy 3694, which is the pattern Sewing Ideas recommends for the hood. This pattern's bodice looks close enough in silhouette (barely shaped), even if it doesn't have the gathering at the neckline. I think I'll sew the BBW minidress with hood, forgo the sleeve cuffs and tabs, and put in some real pockets. In fact, I think I'll sew this tomorrow.
As much as this shouldn't bother me, I feel a slight, nagging pang of disappointment. Could be that 18 months ago I was still a beginner at sewing and would have been very, very frustrated with the promise the ad seemed to make ("For these patterns and instructions, go to...") and what's delivered ("Buy someone else's patterns, follow their directions, cut up a bunch of random fabric rectangles, and sew them on," if I may loosely paraphrase) .
Oh well, so much for advocating for the beginner sewist. I took my classes, sewed a lot of garments, some good and some wadders, and paid my dues. I know what to do to get this dress and tomorrow I'm making it. I will need lots of rest to get it done, so for now, good night!
Photo from Simplicity.com.