I said I wanted to make another easy to wear transitional dress, and this is it. It’s the Eliana dress by Pauline Alice. Some of you may remember I was a pattern tester for Pauline last year, for her Quart Coat pattern, and Pauline kindly sent me a copy of this pattern along with a final pattern for the Quart Coat once the pattern was finalised. It struck me that I don’t need another copy of the Quart Coat, and as we are approaching coat sewing season, I thought I would offer one of my readers a chance to win the pattern. Just leave me a comment below before midnight GMT 27th September (that’s next Sunday) and I will randomly pick a winner. Open internationally.
Back to the dress…
The weather wasn’t the best when we took these pictures but they will have to do. I love the finished dress. This is another easy to pull on, wash and wear dress, made from a lovely printed viscose that I purchased locally.
I love the fact there are no fastenings for this dress. There is a slit at the front (or you could have it at the back), with a tie formed from the bias binding which finishes the raw edge of the neckline. I also love the elasticated waist (I know not everyone does), but it just gives the shaping required and makes this super comfy to wear. I also think the slightly 70s feel of the pattern is very on trend right now.
The Eliana dress is a semi-fitted dress with gathered neckline and waist. The flowy skirt has inseam pockets and hits just above the knee.
View A has long raglan sleeves gathered at the wrist, a front opening and an elastic waistband.
View B is sleveless, has a back opening and ties at the waist with a grosgrain ribbon.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part yes. There is one part that I didn’t find very clear (sorry Pauline :-)) which was what seam allowance to use for the bias binding. I ended up emailing Pauline and she clarified to use 5/8ths of an inch. The pattern is rated as easy, and it was, but you have to be confident at making/ applying bias binding to finish the neckline slit, the neckline itself and the wrist openings. Also, I would say don’t attach the skirt to the bodice until you have finished applying all the binding as it may make things a bit unwieldy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the easy to wear style, but you could easily make this up in a fancy silk, and it’s very on trend at the moment. A silk maxi version would be lovely for a special occassion. Nothing to dislike.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 3.5 inches to the length, but took 1 and 3/8ths inch for the hem.
I shortened the sleeves by 4 inches.
I made my own bias binding from self fabric.
When I made the proportions of the neckline as suggested in the pattern instructions it felt a bit…constrictive, so I made the neckline longer. It fits fine at the back, but the shoulder darts are slipping backwards. On my next version I will shorten the front portion only I think.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.
A great on trend and easy to wear dress.
Thanks Pauline for the pattern. Have a great week and don’t forget the giveaway!
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