Outfit of the Week - Pauline Alice's Eliana Dress

Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook will know that I added a new pattern company this week - Pauline Alice!  I actually had a giveaway: a lucky winner - laura_.parker on Instagram - won a £15 voucher for correctly guessing that it was Pauline Alice's patterns that were shown in this photo:


I'm so excited to now be stocking Pauline Alice's patterns!  They're designed by Pauline - a French designer who lives in Valencia, Spain.  I absolutely love her designs!  Her aesthetic is a wonderful amalgam of modern and vintage, and her patterns usually have lots of fantastic design details.

You're going to be seeing a number of Pauline Alice's patterns in our 'Outfits of the Week' over the coming months, so I won't introduce all the patterns we stock now.  If you'd like to see them, click here (most of them are also in the photo below).


This week's outfit is Pauline Alice's Eliana Dress.  Here's what inspired the outfit:

Photos from Atlantic-Pacific, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Eat/Sleep/Wear, The Blonde Salad, Gal Meets Glam, and Cupcakes and Cashmere


Pauline Alice's Eliana dress is a semi-fitted, easy-to-wear dress that is gathered at the neckline and at the waist.  There are two options for the sleeves: sleeveless or long, raglan sleeves.  So, it's a great all-season pattern!  The waistline is gathered either with elastic or grosgrain ribbon, and you have the option of a front or back opening with ties - a feature that I absolutely love!  


Lightweight, drapey fabrics (both wovens and jerseys) work best with Eliana.  Based on the inspiration images, I've recommended a few of our cotton batistes, viscose and modal challises, and jerseys.  Some of these fabrics are new: we've received some new fabrics from Atelier Brunette!  Two of the new fabrics (shown below) are modal challises (modal is a varient of viscose).  They're absolutely lovely: light and silky.  See how they fall in soft folds in the photo below:

Atelier Brunette's Summer Swoon Modal Challis and their Lili Modal Challis (see all the recommended fabrics at the bottom of this page)


Atelier Brunette's modal challis is very different than their viscose challis: the viscose challis (shown below on the right) is much heavier.  However, it is still relatively lightweight and drapey, and would work well with this pattern.  On the left below is another new Atelier Brunette - their Bye Bye Birdie Black cotton batiste.  I love the design!  Batiste is a lightweight cotton, just slightly heavier than voile or lawn.  Again, this would work well with Eliana. 

Atelier Brunette's Bye Bye Birdie Black cotton batiste and their Halo Blue Viscose Challis (see all the recommended fabrics at the bottom of this page)


Eliana can also be made in jersey, and below you'll find three of our jerseys:

Black Aurele viscose jersey, paisley viscose jersey, navy Rosalie viscose jersey (see all the recommended fabrics at the bottom of this page)


Finally, what would Eliana look like made up in these fabrics?  

Further Details

Pauline Alice Eliana Dress
£12.50 (£11.25 until noon on Monday!)
Sizes: 34 to 48
Level: level 1 (Pauline Alice's easiest difficulty level)
Reviews: 2 reviews on PatternReview.com; both are positive!
Similar patterns: Sewaholic Nicola; Sewaholic Saltspring; Vogue 9124; Vogue 1379


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February 05, 2016 by Amy Lloyd
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Manju said:

I love the summer swoon! Gorgeous. And I love my eliana dress. Hmmm might need to make another one now…


Amy said:

Manju: I saw that one of the reviews on PatternReview was yours! I love your version! Do you get much wear out of it? ‘Summer Swoon’ is really gorgeous – really light and silky. If you look it up in Google’s image search, you’ll find some really pretty dresses and blouses that have been made up using it. :-)

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