by Pauline Alice

It’s time to shine the light on the Calvari dress. It has all the characteristics of a shirt dress : a notched collar, a buttonband, shoulder yoke, breast pockets. Its simple, loose shape makes it perfect for every season. The buttonband finishes with a pleat on the front, which adds some ease as well as the back pleats below the yoke.

Like a modern uniform with the bracelet length sleeves and the notch collar, you can wear it alone as a dress or over some trousers as an oversize tunic. I imagine it perfectly worn by the seaside, at the market or gardening.

For this collection, I was inspired by workwear and Calvari reminds me of the painters’ smocks they would were not to get paint on their clothes. And because you almost always need pockets, I’ve added multiples ones on this pattern : breast pockets with flap, big patch pockets on the front and back, you’ll have enough.

I would suggest light to medium weight fabrics to make Calvari : poplin for a classic shirt look, linen, chambray or even flannel for a winter version. And like the patterns from this collection, feel free to use contrasting topstitching to highlight the collar or pockets.

Maria is wearing a size 38, made in a linen/cotton fabric (coming soon) with matching topstitching.

You can find the Calvari dress pattern in sizes 34-52 in the shop in print and PDF.

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