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Maxi Eliana

by Pauline Alice
Maxi Eliana
maxi-eliana-sewing-pattern-1I wanted to show you this dress since I made it for the CSF fair in Paris last month. I teamed up with Henry Henriette, a pretty fabric and notions store in Nantes (they also sell online: here) as we shared our booth and we were all wearing Pauline Alice x Henry Henriette outfits.
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I made this Eliana dress in a soft rayon fabric, perfect for fall. The fabric drapes so nicely, I love walking in this dress as the skirt moves so beautifully.
To make this variation of the Eliana dress pattern, you just need to lengthen the skirt pieces. For mine, I added 50 cm to the skirt hem and widened the skirt to use the whole fabric width. In order to keep the fabric length recommended, I cut the skirt back piece in two instead of on the fold and planned quite ingeniously the layout. But I’m happy to report that I was able to make the maxi length version in the original yardage (ok, I’m quite short so it might have helped). Here is the layout I used:

maxi-eliana-sewing-pattern-4For the rest, I followed the instructions: bias binding for the neckline, elastic for the waist, pockets. I love the bohemian vibe of this maxi Eliana.

maxi-eliana-sewing-pattern-5Have a great week end,

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19 comments

Itziar Te 3 December, 2015 - 9:31 pm

It' s amazing!! You look free and happy!!!

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Pauline Alice 9 December, 2015 - 3:13 pm

Thanks Itziar!

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Maude Parent 4 December, 2015 - 2:45 am

Oh my! This dress is sublime and the fabric, amazing! I secretly love long dresses because I know it's not my style, but this one makes me want to grab my pattern and run to the fabric store. Really, it's beautiful!

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Pauline Alice 9 December, 2015 - 3:14 pm

Thanks Maude! I had a secret love for maxi dresses myself, but then I decided it shouldn't be a secret anymore 😉

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EmSewCrazy 4 December, 2015 - 3:14 am

Beautiful! Can't believe I've never thought of making it a maxi. I've made myself two versions and a friend tried mine on and demanded one of her own. All are especially luscious! Love this pattern.

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Pauline Alice 9 December, 2015 - 3:15 pm

I'm so glad you like the pattern! Are you going to try the maxi version?

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Allison 4 December, 2015 - 3:18 am

wonderful dress ! just the sort of inspiration I needed to make a maxi.

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Pauline Alice 9 December, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Thanks Allison!

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fleurdelis 4 December, 2015 - 7:00 am

Superbe !!!! Fan des jupes et robes longues ta version me fait de l’œil !!!

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Pauline Alice 9 December, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Merci, je suis ravie que ça te plaise!

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Thewallinna 4 December, 2015 - 10:56 am

You rock maxi dresses!

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Pauline Alice 9 December, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Thanks Inna!

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Coco 4 December, 2015 - 11:26 am

Really cute! and thks for bringing this pattern to my attention – I love maxi's.

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Pauline Alice 9 December, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Thanks to you for liking it!

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Rebecca Burnett 5 December, 2015 - 3:53 pm

What a stunning dress! Just fabulous!

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Pauline Alice 9 December, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Thanks Rebecca!

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Karen @ Pieces of Contentment 8 December, 2015 - 7:37 pm

It looks wonderful! The rayon drapes beautifully and the colours work so well in this design too.

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Pauline Alice 9 December, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Thanks Karen, I love this fabric!

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Karolina 9 April, 2016 - 4:10 am

I'm not sure if this is the place to ask, but I'm making the Eliana dress for the first time, and would like to lengthen the skirt by a couple of inches (not to a maxi, but for more coverage). Where is the best place to slash the pattern piece to add the length? The sleeves include a lengthen/shorten line, but the skirt does not. It does look great as a maxi, though!

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