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A NEW VERSION OF THE LLIRIA DRESS

I think that amongst all my patterns, my favourite is the Lliria dress pattern. I feel pretty every time I wear one, I believe it’s the romantic look of the dress with its crossed neckline and soft gathers. I wanted to make a new version for the summer and this time, to make it a classic wrap dress. The Lliria pattern is already a wrap dress but with buttons instead of the classic ties. It was quite easy to modify the original pattern to accommodate ties. Let’s see how to do it:

inspiration for Lliria. source : Black Crane / pinterest

VARIATION

1/ As the new neckline isn’t buttoned, I decided to make it straight instead of curved to make sure it stays close to the body. I traced a straight line from the top of the neckline to the waist (remember to do the same for the front facing pieces).

2/ We’ll need to cut the waistband in 3 pieces in order to create an opening for the ties. On the waistband piece, you will find notches indicating where the side seams should match. Trace a line between the top and bottom notches. You now have one left side front waistband, one right side front waistband and one back waistband. Add seam allowances to the new side edges (1,5 cm or 5/8” like the rest of the pattern). Remember to cut these new pieces twice (one for the exterior waistband and one for the interior one).

3/ Cut 2 rectangles of 1m x 11 cm (1 yd x 4 ½ “) (with 1 yd, I’m able to wrap and tie the dress on the back and at the front). If you want longer or shorter ties, you just need to adapt the length of the rectangles.

CONSTRUCTION AND SEWING INSTRUCTIONS

WAISTBAND

  • Choose if you want to wrap your dress on the left or right side. If like me, you want to wrap the right side over the left, you’ll need to make an opening for the ties on the right side of the waistband.
  • Stitch the back piece and the right front piece together, leaving a 4 cm (1 ½ ») opening at the center. Press the seam allowances open. Stitch the back and left pieces together all the way. Do the same for the interior waistband but leaving the opening on the left side instead.

TIES

  • With right sides together, fold the ties in two lengthwise and stitch together (seam allowances are included and are 1,5 cm – 5/8 ») leaving one small side open. You can sew a straight edge at the end or a diagonal one if you prefer. Trim the seam allowances and turn right side out. Press and baste the ties to the right side of the front waistband, matching raw edges.
  • When you’ll stitch the facing to the dress, the ties will be sandwiched between the exterior and interior waistbands.
  • For the rest of the construction, you just need to follow the instructions.

FINISHINGS

  • You can handstitch the edges of the tie opening together.
  • I didn’t have enough fabric for the sleeves so instead, I used self-fabric bias binding to finish the armholes. I love this sleeveless version for summer.

I’m very happy about this Lliria dress variation! It’s easy to make, elegant and easy to wear as well. I chose an ochre linen from Activa textil, which makes it a light dress perfect for summer. If you want to make a Lliria dress and don’t know which fabric to use, we made a post for fabric inspiration, check it here.

While waiting for September and the new patterns release (maximum excitement!), I wish you a great end of summer!

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Fabrics inspiration for Lliria

Summer is almost finished but I felt like making it longer just a little bit more. Here are some fabrics inspiration for your Lliria dress: clean, graphic or floral. Lliria is a semi-fitted wrap dress. It has bust darts and soft gathers around the waistband and close with an asymmetrical button closure. This is such an elegant yet easy-going dress. The recommended fabrics are lightweigh such as cotton lawn, rayon, crepe, linen or silk.

MONOCHROMATIC

1/ Opaline jacquard rayon from cousette.

2/ Cotton grey from cousette.

3/  Royal blue rayon from Rascol

FLORAL

1/  See You at Six rayon – Herbs – from Rascol.

2/ Red viscose with flowers from Tissu Story.

3/ Black rayon with flowers from Atelier de la Création.

STRIPED

1/ Striped linen from Atelier de la Création.

2/ Yellow/white stripes from Cousette.

3/ Cotton with with and blue stripes  from Rascol.

I hope these inspirations will give you plenty of ideas to sew your Lliria dress. Which one is your favourite? I think mine is going to be with stripes! 🙂

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We are very excited to share this video tutorial with you today! While working on the Lliria dress pattern, we thought it would be such a great idea to offer a more visual help for all of you who don’t feel secure enough to try this project. Sometimes, we just need a little bit of extra help to tackle a new challenge.

So get your Lliria dress pattern, your fabric and your sewing machine and enjoy watching our video tutorial!

If you have any question, feel free to ask in the comment section or send us an email at info@paulinealicepatterns.com, we’ll be happy to help. And don’t hesitate to share your Lliria dress with us on social media with the hashtag #LliriaDress.

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The Lliria dress pattern

Now it’s the Lliria dress’ turn to shine. For more than a year now I’ve been wanting to add a wrap dress to the Pauline Alice sewing patterns. It’s done now and I have to say I’m so happy as its romantic and nostalgic shape is exactly what I had in mind. The Lliria dress is clearly inspired by the past, by the 40’s fashion to be precise, but it’s still contemporary and perfect for today’s life.

It’s a classic look revisited: a wrap dress but with an asymmetric button closure instead of the usual belt. The gathers and the fitted waistband highlight the figure while being comfortable. We’ve brought a special attention to details for this model: original gathered darts above the bust, a back yoke with soft gathers, curved neckline and waistband, sleeves delicately gathered into a cuff…

Lliria dress – View A

Lliria dress – View B

Lliria also offers two views: view A with ¾ sleeves and a short dress above the knee and view B with short sleeves and a midi length (below the knee).

Topstitching can also be a strong feature on the Lliria dress (along the waistband, the darts, the back yoke, the sleeve cuffs…) and why not add piping to showcase the curved lines?

For the Lliria dress, it’s very important to choose a lightweight and drapy fabric. Opt for cotton lawn, rayon, crepe, linen or silk. You’ll also need some interfacing for the waistband and 10 small buttons of approximately 1,5 cm (5/8”) wide.

Lliria dress – View B

Lliria dress – View B

Lliria dress – View A

Note: for the presentation models, we have selected a rust rayon with small flowers for view A and a pale green crepe cotton for view B.

This light and feminine dress will be your summer staple, perfect for every occasion, from a summer wedding to a simple bucolic afternoon walk!

We’ve worked hard to prepare a video tutorial following all the construction steps of the Lliria dress for next week.

 

You can find the Lliria dress pattern in the shop in both printed and PDF version.

Let me know: which one is your favourite? Lliria, Mirambell or both?

I hope you’ll like the new patterns and that they will join your summer wardrobe very soon. See you next week for the tutorials!

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THE NEW SUMMER PATTERNS ARE HERE!

For this new pattern collection, I wanted to go back to the beginning. The style of the Pauline Alice patterns has been changing since they first came out, the main reason being that I design patterns according to what I feel like wearing at the moment, but I’d like to think that they have the same references. And for this summer, feminity is back, with the same care about details and designs inspired by the past but still completely actual.

 

I’m very happy to present you the Mirambell Skirt and the Lliria Dress!

The Mirambell Skirt

You´ll find the Mirambell skirt pattern here in both printed and PDF versions.

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The Lliria Dress

You’ll find the Lliria Dress pattern here in both printed and PDF versions.

I will come back to you with more details on both patterns in a short while…

 

 

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