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Malvarosa Dress Pattern!

by Pauline Alice


Here it is, the new pattern: the Malvarosa dress!
After a fitted 50’s inspired dress, I wanted to recreate the style of another decade I love: the 60’s.


This babydoll dress is all about volume, fun and comfort without compromise on great style.
Version A has small drop shoulders, perfect for summer or for parties!
The pattern features a low waistline with A-line bodice, a gathered skirt with hidden pockets, bust darts and boat neckline.


For a dramatic result, use a fabric with a lot of body like this black and white cotton canvas (with Eiffel Tower, french poodles and the typical french policeman on bike, how cute!) or a taffeta or brocade, so that the dress will stay open, away from your body.


Version B has elbow length sleeves attached to the drop shoulders. I made this version with a beautiful cotton fabric from designer Anna Maria Horner from Telaria online shop.
One of my favourite features on this pattern are the pockets hidden in the skirts gathers. You don’t even notice they are here until you put your hands in them. And I don’t know about you, but pockets are definitely a must for me!


As you can see, the pattern is quite simple, it’s recommended for a beginner seamstress. There is no fastener of any kind (no zipper or buttons), just pull through like a t-shirt.
The shape is loose so fitting is not too complicated either.
The Malvarosa pattern is a great project for a beginner seamstress who is looking for an dress easy to accessorize and make in a lot of different fabrics (think heavy brocade for a party, chambray or cotton for summer, wool for winter, or even lace for a wedding…).


Feel like making a Malvarosa dress? Buy the pattern here!


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Debbie Iles 14 November, 2013 - 7:49 am

Oh, this dress is simply lovely! I really love the dropped waistline and sleeves. I'm going to have to search through my stash to see if I have a fitting fabric to give it a go 😉

Pauline Guillet 14 November, 2013 - 8:09 am

Thanks Debbie! The good thing about this shape and pattern is that almost any fabric goes 😉

Paunnet 14 November, 2013 - 7:51 am

Yay! I had seen this dress in your boutique and I was hoping you were going to release the pattern sooner or later! It's an extremely cute and versatile pattern!

Pauline Guillet 14 November, 2013 - 8:10 am

Thanks so much Anna!

Kirsty 14 November, 2013 - 8:00 am

Yay from me too. I've been waiting all day for this. A sewing project for the weekend 🙂

Pauline Guillet 14 November, 2013 - 8:10 am

Kirsty, you're so sweet! I've send you the pattern 2 minutes ago!

Masustak eguzkitan 14 November, 2013 - 8:36 am

Pauline ya lo he comentado en Telaria, pero la tela que has elegido le queda super bien al patrón, son la pareja perfecta!! El patrón muy chulo, el vestido es precioso, ya me había gustado cuando lo ví en la otra sección de tu tienda 🙂
Yo estoy con la duda si con mis caderas me quedará bien…porque normalmente todo se me pega ahí y me quedan mejor los vestidos que se ajustan en la cintura. Creo que esperaré a ver más versiones y luego pensaré que hacer 🙂

Pauline Guillet 14 November, 2013 - 8:56 am

¡Gracias guapa! Sabes que la forma acampanada hace que no pega a la cintura ni a las caderas, y a mi me gusta llevarlo con un cinturón para accentuar la cintura también (mira las fotos del blanco y negro). Un besito guapa!

Marie in the cave 14 November, 2013 - 9:07 am

Beautiful! I love the version with the 3/4 sleeves!

Pauline Guillet 14 November, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Thanks Marie. It's a great sleeve length for fall (and I don't like long sleeves, that was totally selfish on my part).

Zohra Norah 14 November, 2013 - 9:08 am

Je n'avais pas vu que tu créais des patrons maintenant! ils sont superbes!

Pauline Guillet 14 November, 2013 - 10:19 am

Merci beaucoup! je viens de passer par ton blog, bravo pour tes créations, elles sont surperbes!

Ruth Procter 14 November, 2013 - 9:46 am

Cute dress – I love the pockets! Think I'll have to add this to my "to-sew" list!

Pauline Guillet 14 November, 2013 - 10:20 am

Thanks Ruth! Please do 😉

Sonia Fonseca 14 November, 2013 - 10:54 am

I love!!!!.
Ya lo sabes!!.
El detalle del cinturón me ha enamorado más aún! !!.
Que ganas de meterle mano!!.
Besitos guapa! !

Pauline Guillet 14 November, 2013 - 12:18 pm

¡Gracias guapa! Aunque se le hace pliegues a la cintura, me gusta mucho ceñida, la falda tiene aun más volumen, jeje.

thequirkypeach 14 November, 2013 - 11:31 pm

OMG this is adorable – you look amazing in the photos – I love how you made up the two versions! So cute! 🙂

Pauline Guillet 15 November, 2013 - 9:48 am

Thanks Sally!

Rosi 15 November, 2013 - 12:47 am


Pauline Guillet 15 November, 2013 - 7:04 am

Thanks Rosi!

Christine 15 November, 2013 - 4:23 am

adorable! the pocket placement is brilliant and I look forward to making it up in a drapey lawn or chambray! if made in stiff silk it would have a classic Balenciaga feel to it! well done 🙂

Pauline Guillet 15 November, 2013 - 7:06 am

Thanks Christine! Lawn and chambray will be amazing, I can't wait to see your version. I'm preparing a post about the inspiration behind the design and Balenciaga's babydoll dresses was a huge influence. I dream of visiting his museum in Spain…

Christine 15 November, 2013 - 7:33 am

Looking forward to reading your inspiration post! I love Balenciaga and went to the retrospective in San Francisco a few years ago. I actually cried 🙂

ana5059 15 November, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Precioso vestido, con cinturón me gusta mucho, y para ir más libre sin él

Pauline Guillet 16 November, 2013 - 9:49 am

¡Gracias Ana! La verdad es que es super cómodo, incluso con un cinturón (genial para esos días de comida con la familia, yo lo he comprobado con una paella y cabe la barrigita llena, jeje).

Alicia 15 November, 2013 - 7:22 pm

qué bonitos los vestidos y con cinturón queda súper bien 🙂 Crees que se puede hacer con una tela elástica?? Besos!

Pauline Guillet 16 November, 2013 - 9:53 am

Si, sé que Isa de Onlylola lo ha hecho con jersey Ponte Roma y ha quedado de maravilla. Pero hay que elegir un jersey de este tipo, bastante grueso y con cuerpo.

Anonymous 16 November, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Qu'est-ce qu'elle est belle cette robe! Je crois que je vais me laisser tenter et acheter le patron…
Prévois-tu un sew-along?


Pauline Guillet 17 November, 2013 - 7:43 am

Merci Sylvaine! Non, je ne prévois pas de faire de Sew-Along car la robe est facile à réaliser et les instructions comprennent des illustrations détaillées. Mais je ferais surement un ou deux posts tuto pour les étapes plus délicates.
Si tu veux voir un point en particulier, n'hésites pas à me contacter.

Nat at Made in Home 23 November, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Love love love! I knew I would! Do yu think it would be good in boiled wool – like a winter version?

Pauline Guillet 25 November, 2013 - 7:24 am

Thanks Nathalie! A wool version would be amazing! I really think this pattern is perfect for the colder months, simple lines and super comfy. There are minimum darts and lapped seam allowances so no bulky seams… A wool crepe would be perfect for example (so if your boiled wool is close to that in body, go for it!)

Anonymous 24 November, 2013 - 9:14 pm

bonsoir Pauline, j ai une petite question, et je ne vois pas où je peux te contacter, la voici, est ce qu il y a sur le patron une échelle qui permet de voir si on a bien imprimé, je m explique j ai commandé il y a quelques temps un patron en pdf pour ma petite fille, mais comme parfois il faut ou pas régler l impression, j aimerais par exemple qu il y ait un trait qui dirait voilà ce trait fait 10 cm et si ce n est pas le cas ajuster votre impression, car je n ai jamais réalisé le modèle que j avais reçu car je n étais pas sûre de mon coup à l impression, j espère que je suis claire lol, je suis très intéressée par tes modèles, juste cette question me freine, j attend ta réponse avec impatience bonne soirée christine

Pauline Guillet 25 November, 2013 - 7:28 am

Bonjour Christine. Oui en effet, tu trouveras un carré test de 10 cm x 10 cm à imprimer en premier pour vérifier que ton imprimante est bien configuée (en plus il est indiqué si tu dois imprimer avec ou sans mettre à échelle). Si tu as besoin d'une autre info, n'hésite pas à m'envoyer un mail à paulinealice @ gmail . com
Je t'embrasse

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