Pauline Alice Eliana Dress Review and Pauline Alice Quart Coat Pattern Giveaway

Pauline Alice Eliana Dress
Pauline Alice Eliana Dress

Hey Peeps,

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…

Pauline Alice Eliana Dress
Pauline Alice Eliana 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.

Pauline Alice Eliana Dress
Pauline Alice Eliana Dress

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.

Pauline Alice Eliana Dress
Pauline Alice Eliana Dress

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

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.
Pattern Sizing:

34 – 48

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

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.

Fabric Used:

Printed viscose.

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.

Conclusion:

A great on trend and easy to wear dress.

Pauline Alice Eliana Dress
Pauline Alice Eliana Dress

Thanks Pauline for the pattern. Have a great week and don’t forget the giveaway!

*This giveaway is now closed*

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I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

43 thoughts on “Pauline Alice Eliana Dress Review and Pauline Alice Quart Coat Pattern Giveaway

  1. I am in love your dress, It is a dress I would make for the fall season, instant gratification. You have inspired me to want to make the Quart coat for this winter when you made it last year.

  2. I need like 10 of these dresses now! I love the print and the ease of wear. It looks great on you. It reminds be so much of a Burda magazine pattern I’ve been eyeing from last year that I have on my short list of things to sew soon.

    (P.S. Count me in on the Quart pattern giveaway, I’m in the U.S., so I’m not sure if you’re going international with it, if not, that is totally fine!)

  3. Your gray Quart Coat with the red lining is gorgeous! I’ve had my eye on this pattern, but looking at your version made me believe that it could work for my figure. I’d love to win the pattern!

  4. Your outfit is perfect for the fall! I have been following your site for a while and you always inspire me to get sewing.

    The Quart coat is beautiful, too, my goal is to make a winter coat this year. 🙂

  5. The dress is looking fabulous. I love the fabric. I’d love to be in the hat for the Quart coat giveaway please. If i ever sew a coat, that’s the one I’d choose

  6. Hi there, I loved your test version of the Quart Coat! Your Eliana is inspirational too! Great fabric choices. All the best, Kristel

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