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Posted on:7/9/14 10:16 PM
Project Photo:Pauline Alice: 1402 by velosewer

Pauline Alice: 1402 by velosewer  Pauline Alice: 1402 by velosewer  
Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 3 people   
Fabric:Polyester Chiffon  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pauline briefed me to test this new pattern including the instructions.
Pattern Description:
This is a fitted-panel dress with a flounce or a fitted-panel crop top and skirt with flounce. PaulineAlice focuses on pretty clothes.
This pattern lends itself to colour blocking (yay) with some very cool piping.
Adding an exposed zipper is another cool aspect of this pattern, if you're willing to do this finish.
I've posted up the piping and exposed zipper details I added to the skirt.
Pattern Sizing:
32 - 50 I made the 40 to 42 size.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It did. I was pleasantly surprised at how pretty the real dress is.
Click Here for the skirt review.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were easy to follow.

If you're short on time, you might bundle the bodice steps with the skirt steps to make the most of your precious faster sewing time.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the panels. The panels gave me lots of places to get the fit right with this dress.

This is a 'girlie' design that I'm starting to enjoy wearing. It pulls me away from corporate work wear and I like it.

The top is cropped so I will need to add a peplum to it when I make it. So it's my midriff that I'm dealing with and not the crop top.

Fabric Used:
The initial test dress was made with a black and white gingham.
The real dress uses a chiffon print and black lining provided through the generosity of Pitt Trading at .

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Roll shoulder adjustment.
Sway back adjustment on the bodice.

After the test dress, the bodice side panels where sitting too high (gravity). I took out the extra room for the real version from the seam allowances at the bust line. It was worth the extra effort to make the test version because PaulineAlice patterns are new to me. I really love the fitting aspects to this pattern and as I've not used these patterns before I needed to check my measurements to PaulineAlice's dimensions. I do this for all patterns now.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I've made the skirt and pair this with a wrap knit top and wear this to a dressy event.
This is a good pattern to break away from corporate fitting clothes to a more feminine classic look.

I've already worn this dress to a family function.
PaulineAlice patterns come in French, Spanish and English. Pauline puts a lot of effort into making her patterns accessible and wearable. I'm glad she makes such lovely patterns that are easy to make.
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BeaJay said...
That is a great dress. I love the piping. Great job. The test dress is lovely but the real dress is a knockout.
7/11/14 3:04 AM
popo said...
Love the chiffon dress! Just bought the pattern because of your marvelous rendition!
7/10/14 11:43 AM
Danmar said...
Very pretty and well made dress. looks great on you! I have yet to try piping in all my years of sewing. Much less on chiffon!
7/10/14 8:34 AM
Lynnelle said...
Very lovely and fits perfectly!
7/10/14 8:14 AM
marec said...
What a lovely dress, in both fabrics.
7/10/14 7:52 AM
Baja Susana said...
Both dresses have their own special flavor. Both look lovely on you.
7/10/14 6:59 AM
jenleeC said...
Your final version in the soft chiffon looks lovely with its 'pretty but not fussy' flounce.
7/10/14 6:51 AM
velosewer said...
@sunnysewer I can see you looking great in this skirt.
7/10/14 1:19 AM
sunnysewer said...
they are both so pretty. this pattern is tempting me, particularly for the skirt.
7/10/14 0:48 AM
Darlenesews said...
Pretty dress looks good on you
7/9/14 10:52 PM
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