I don’t do much pattern testing for lots of reasons; there is a larger than normal risk that the pattern won’t work, there is not usually a photo of what is supposed to look like, there could be errors , plus I really don’t get asked that often 🙂 Of course there are many advantages to testing too, getting a sneak peek of upcoming releases, getting a free pattern and I believe some designers even gift fabric! Me, I like to sew what I want when I want.
When the opportunity came up with Pauline Alice I was pretty inrigued, I like the direction her patterns going in. She is releasing some very different, eclectic designs and I thought it might be fun to see what was coming next. Admittedly, I was a little apprehensive after the dungaree pattern, don’t get me wrong they look great on some people, (have you seen Kirsty’s?? they are awesome! and her pinafore is genius) but they really are not for me.
Anyhoo, I give you the Eliana Dress:
The dress has and elastic waist, optional vents for front and/or back, can be made in knit or woven and has options for sleeveless or raglan long sleeves.
It’s summer here so of course I went with the sleeveless version, I used a light two way stretch poly knit gifted to me by the lovely Marjorie.
Please note, my dress was made with the test version, since then a couple of changes have been made, the bodice width has been reduced a little bit and the armholes have been raised slightly. I raised my version at the neck to combat the armhole issue I encountered.
Construction wise, this was a pleasure to sew, the instructions are clear and well illustrated. Pauline has clearly given this a lot of thought. This is a great pattern for beginners too as there are no zippers or buttons. It has size options from Euro 34-48, I made the 44 – I would love to see this come in larger sizes, but I think it could easily be “graded” by just adding to the side seams.
I would not suggest making your own binding in stretch fabric as I did. This was fiddly, took forever and used a billion pins!!
Be warned, this is a pretty short dress – I didn’t alter it at all and it is definitely shorter than I would normally go for! On a person of normal height this would be quite short!! On a side note, how awesome would it look as a maxi dress??!? I’m thinking navy or black, perfect for an evening BBQ (hmmm, am I obsessed with maxi dresses right now?).
I would shorten the bodice next time as it is a little blousey on me and I feel this would be a little more flattering.
Pauline generously sent me a hardcopy of this pattern as a thank you, but as I already have a copy printed I thought I would give it away. Please let me know in the comments if you would like to go in the draw, ensuring your email address is included, or accessible via your profile. Entries close 12pm (AEST), Friday 30 January. GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.