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Silk Maxi Dress

by Pauline Alice
Silk Maxi Dress

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I’ve always loved maxi dresses, flowy and romantic skirts. You see, I had more of a bohemian/hippie style when I was in college so sometimes the urge to wear loose dresses comes out.

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This summer, during the sales, I found this amazing silk fabric. And I thought it best to make a simple dress to emphasize the lines, tribal pattern and beautiful colours.
I just cut the fabric along the lines (very easy to follow) and gathered 3 tiers. The bottom one is 3 m wide (twice the fabric width), the second one is 2 m wide, the third one 1,5 m (one width). Then I gathered the top one to a small bodice, self-lined as the dress is to worn bra-less. The bodice is also gathered at the neckline and I added an elastic at the back. I made the crossed-straps with a length of fabric folded in two like bias binding.

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That’s a very comfortable dress to wear during summer. The silk is so light and soft against the skin and I think it would also look great with heels and without the belt for a party. And don’t let anyone tell you maxi dress are not for short girl: I’m only 1,55 m (5 ft 1) and I love this look!

 

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29 comments

Ginger 18 August, 2014 - 7:01 pm

This looks so lovely on you! What a beautiful dress! I never would have guessed you were on the petite side- you look really tall in this dress!

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Pauline Alice 19 August, 2014 - 8:18 am

Ah ah, illusion – that's what it is! I think the belt also helps by defining the waistline.

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Mª Carmen Dueñas 18 August, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Muy bonito Pauline, y la tela una auténtica pasada!! Felicidades!!

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Pauline Alice 19 August, 2014 - 8:19 am

¡Gracias Mary Carmen! Es que vi la tela en la tienda y me enamore 😉

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Bellbird 18 August, 2014 - 7:58 pm

Lovely dress! It looks elegant and oh so flowy.

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Pauline Alice 19 August, 2014 - 8:20 am

Oh yes, it's so flowy, it feels amazing during summer…

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Valerie 18 August, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Beautiful dress, looks high end RTW.

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Pauline Alice 19 August, 2014 - 8:27 am

Thanks Valerie!

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Madalynne 18 August, 2014 - 10:46 pm

I don't normally see you in this silhouette but I like it!

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Pauline Alice 19 August, 2014 - 8:27 am

I know! My style has changed quite a lot in 10 years but sometimes I feel like making loose and romantic dresses – for this one, the fabric was asking for it! It reminds me of your maxi dress pattern…

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Thewallinna 18 August, 2014 - 11:02 pm

You do have lots of style and attitude! Especially in this dress 🙂 I'd call it a "modern hippie".

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Pauline Alice 19 August, 2014 - 8:29 am

Thanks Inna! I'm re-reading your French Jacket tutorials (with Leisa's) as I have some Linton tweed waiting for the perfect little quilted jacket, thanks for the amazing work you've both done!

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Thewallinna 19 August, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Oh! Thanks! I would love to see the jacket! It does not look like the winter will come to Valencia, though 🙂 Now in Dublin (midnight), it's +6C brrrrrrrrrrr. Maybe I need one more? (^-<)~

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Cati 19 August, 2014 - 7:08 am

Simplemente precioso. Y te sienta fenomenal! Buen gusto como siempre. Y qué envidia!!! Besitos guapa

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Pauline Alice 19 August, 2014 - 8:29 am

¡Muchas gracias Cati!

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Sandra 19 August, 2014 - 9:33 am

J'adore!!!!! Moi aussi j'adore les maxi dress mais en effet j'ai tendance à me dire que ça ne va pas au petite. J'ai changé d'avis avec la tienne elle est absolument sublime…
Ps : ton dernier patron est un gros coup de coeur aussi, j'ai hâte de commencer la salopette 😉 D'ailleurs si tu as encore besoin d'une testeuse en taille 34… Bon ok j'arrive après la bataille mais on ne sait jamais!

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Pauline Alice 19 August, 2014 - 10:10 am

Merci Sandra! Je penserai à toi pour les prochains patrons 😉

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Anonymous 19 August, 2014 - 9:41 am

Sublime ta robe Pauline !!!!!!
Tu as l'air très occupée.Elle me rappelle bien tes années lycée ou fac.
Bisous de ta Maman

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Pauline Alice 19 August, 2014 - 10:12 am

Merci maman! Tu te rapelles de la turquoise que j'avais dans ce style? Je ne sais plus où elle est, du coup elle a sa remplacente maintenant…

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ybat 20 August, 2014 - 3:14 am

I'm also 5ft 1 and I never wear long skirts or dresses because I feel like it just makes me look shorter and chubbier but it looks great on you. I might have to give this style a shot because I really do like it.

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Pauline Alice 21 August, 2014 - 8:57 am

Give it a try Ybat, you never know!!!

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Lieke // A Bouquet of Buttons 20 August, 2014 - 7:51 am

I love your dress! It is super pretty and it suits you so well!

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Pauline Alice 21 August, 2014 - 8:57 am

Thanks Lieke!

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Marién 20 August, 2014 - 11:16 am

Me gustan muchísimo este tipo de vestidos, son perfectos para el verano. El tuyo simplemente divino!!!, besos

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Pauline Alice 21 August, 2014 - 8:57 am

Es muy cómodo con el calor que hace 😉 Un beso Marién

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Nat at Made in Home 21 August, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Absolutely gorgeous – that fabric is really amazing!

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Pauline Alice 22 August, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Thanks Nath!

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conill i rosa 22 August, 2014 - 6:37 am

Hola, gracias al vestido Alameda he descubierto tu blog y me encanta. Por el nombre que pones a tus creaciones entiendo que vives en Valencia o cerca, no? Que guay!! Como yo!! Ya tenia ganas de encontrar una blogger valenciana y preguntarle: ¿ en qué tiendas físicas de la cápital compras tela? Un beso

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Pauline Alice 22 August, 2014 - 3:35 pm

¡Hola! Si vivo en Valencia cápital y me encanta tanto mi ciudad que los nombres de mis patrones tienen siempre algo que ver con ella 😉
Te puedo aconsejar Julián López en el centro, C/ periodista Azzati, perpendicular al ayuntamiento. Compro la casi totalidad de mis telas allí por la calidad de los tejidos y la variedad (no me pagan para decirlo, ¡Ojala!). Un abrazo y no dudas en mandarme un mail si quieres más detalles (paulineyalice@gmail.com).

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