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fabrics inspirations for Hemisfèric coat

I LOOOOVE coats! I might have said it a few times now but it’s true. And nothing pains me more than leaving in a city where coat wearing is almost optional (it’s compulsory for a few weeks in January only). But I won’t complain about sun and warmth…

Anyway, I love coats and a new coat pattern is always a great excuse to make at least a couple of prototypes and wearable muslins. For the Hemisfèric coat pattern, I wanted to offer a mix between classic and modern: a classic fit and flare shape that goes over a dress or a pair of denims allied to some modern details like the raglan sleeves and zipper closure. I hope you’ll like the design! Here are some styling and fabric inspiration for you:

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A coat is a piece you’ll be likely to wear everyday for a couple of months so choosing a neutral fabric is always a good idea. Grey, navy, black, camel… these will go with everything and are perfect for a chic and timeless outerwear.

And you can always choose a bright lining, topstitching or a contrasting facing to bring a little fun to your coat.


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Another option is to go for a colourful fabric to brighten up any dark winter day! Nothing better to cheer you up than a bubblegum pink or pastel blue coat, am I right?

Personally, that’s how I like my outerwear: with a pop of colour! You can also play with the style lines and choose a colorblock look (one neutral fabric and another one more saturated).


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For the ones who love a one-of-a-kind look, why not choose a graphic fabric? Polka dots or animal prints will be easy to match, whereas a plaid will be more difficult but oh-so-pretty. You could also use trimmings on the collar, sleeves, zipper placket or hems or a brocade fabric for a party version.

Which style is your favourite? Neutral, colourful or prints? Let me know what kind of fabric you’ll use for your Hemisfèric coat…

17 November, 2017 2 comments
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NEW PATTERN: THE HEMISFÈRIC COAT

Designing coats may be my favorite activity. I mean I love a great dress but nothing like a coat gives me so much excitement and joy. Three years after releasing a coat pattern, I was itching to do design a new outerwear piece. And it’s with mix of happiness and thrill that I’m presenting the Hemisfèric Coat pattern!

In the Hemisfèric coat pattern, you’ll find a classic fit and flare silhouette mixed with very contemporary details such as the two-piece raglan sleeves or hidden front zipper closure.

 

Hemsifèric features a classic shape with strong construction lines: waist darts in the front with shaped side panel, back darts and shaped raglan sleeves… The short funnel collar will keep you warm and stylish. There are inseam pockets and the coat ends at mid-thigh.

As for a modern touch, how about a front zipper, hidden by a central placket? This coat is great to play with topstitching, as I’ve done with the presentation model. That’s the perfect way to highlight the construction details. As the coat is fully lined, it will look as good from inside as it does out.

 

As for fabric, I recommend using medium to heavy wool fabric to keep the coat structured. You want the raglan sleeves to keep their shape at shoulders and the skirt part to stay flare. Here’s a few examples of wool fabric you should look for: felt, boiled wool, Melton, tweed… The great thing with wool is that it loves being shaped with heat and steam. If you don’t want to use wool, another option is medium to heavy weight wovens such as gabardine, brocade or twill.

Whether you choose a bright or neutral main fabric, a colorful lining is always a great idea: choose silk or Bemberg for a luxurious feel, or flannel for extra warmth. And make sure you don’t skip interfacing! For this coat, I recommend using fusible weft interfacing. It will keep your fabric’s drape while giving it structure.

Even if this pattern requires a great dose of patience, it’s a great project for intermediate seamstresses as the darts and the raglan sleeves make it easy to fit and there are few tailoring techniques. So don’t be afraid, grab your wool fabric, your Hemisfèric coat pattern and make yourself a pretty coat for winter! And as extra help, we’ll share a tutorial next week…

– You can find the Hemisfèric coat pattern in the shop in both printed and PDF version. –

14 November, 2017 9 comments
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MY FIRST BOOK: MA GARDE ROBE CHIC ET INTEMPORELLE

I’m so happy to introduce my very first book! Available only in French (for the moment) Ma garde robe chic et intemporelle has been many months in the making. When Mango editions asked me if I would consider working on a patterns book at the end of last year, I didn’t hesitate for very long before accepting! This book will offer “chic and intemporal” patterns for everyday or special occasions. With two complete outfits for each season, with clothing and accessories, and patterns that can be mixed between themselves, you’ll have handmade garments for all year.

I hope you’ll love the book and the patterns and I can’t wait to see the first outfits made from it!

Stay tuned, a raffle will be organized very soon on the @paulineyalice instagram account to win a book!

27 October, 2017 7 comments
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Zoom in: the Faura top & dress pattern
INSPIRATION

I designed the  faura top & dress pattern as an easy to make sewing project, perfect to get back gently into sewing planning after the holidays. It had to be a pattern with simple lines but with some interesting details as well.

Faura has a princess cut bodice (easy to adjust), small ties to cinch the waist, a flared hem, a keyhole closure at the back and two different versions: short sleeves top or sleeveless dress with pocket. This is such a versatile piece!

 

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PAULINE ALICE AND YOU

Wow, there’s already some Fauras showing up on Instagram! Thanks so much for the warm welcome to the new  FAURA pattern.

If you need some inspiration for your Faura, check out the awesome versions of our testers and reviewers as well as some of the very first makes of our lovely customers! Colorblock, floral, prints, stripes… so many options! As for fabric, you can choose from so many: cotton, rayon, crepe…

 

@ym.sewssur un fil, @sewmanju@aiguille.coupon.ciseaux,  @angelabisoux, @annouchk,  @coudre_suffit, @plage_sud, @melanieloule@aiguillezmoi, @lespetitescouturesdenathoumei@joliesbobines.

So which one is your favourite? Thanks for sharing your beautiful makes with the hashtags #FauraTopDress and  #paulinealicepatterns, I love seeing what you’ve been up to!
12 September, 2017 5 comments
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New pattern: Faura top and dress

It’s September! Back to school and to the office!

I hope you had a great summer and that you’re full of energy to start new sewing projects. We’ve been very studious at Pauline Alice HQ, working all summer on new patterns for Fall/Winter…

After releasing the Mirambell skirt and Lliria dress this summer, I wanted something easy and fast to make to start September nicely.

So let me introduce the Faura top and dress pattern!

The Faura pattern has front and back princess seams for a fitted bust and then flares just below. Cinched at the waist with D-rings details, it closes in the back with an eye and hook. View A is a blouse with hip length and short sleeves, while view B is a short sleeveless dress with a central pocket.

Perfect for a beginner, it’s easy and fast to make: in a few hours you’ll have a pretty blouse or dress.

This basic pattern, with its sixties details, will look ideal with denims or a casual jacket for an easy-going look perfect to ease back into September.

The Faura blouse and dress pattern is available as a PDF pattern here, with print-at-home and copyshop printing options. Once your order is complete, you’ll find it in your personal account for illimited downloads and it will also be sent to your email (remember to check your spams!).

For fabric, you have a very wide choice. We recommend light to medium weight fabrics such as cotton, linen, rayon, chambray, crepe or even a light wool for the start of winter… We’ve used a striped cotton for view A and a soft chambray for view B, both from the Valencia shop Bye Bye Manoni.

I’m looking forward to see what you have in mind for the Faura pattern! Don’t forget to share your projects with the hashtags #paulinealicepatterns and #FauraTopDress.

6 September, 2017 5 comments
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Fabrics inspiration for Mirambell

In the same way as the post about fabrics inspiration for Lliria, I introduce you some fabrics inspiration for your Mirambell skirt. The Mirambell skirt is a high waisted pleated skirt with shaped pockets. The recommended fabrics are lightweight woven fabric such as cotton, linen, rayon, silk, crepe, light gabardine or wool, chambray, …

CLASSIC

1/ Unbleached linen from Cousette.

2/ Deep blue chambray from Amandine Cha.

3/ Grey herringbone cotton from Tissustory.

GRAPHIC

1/ Exotic printed viscose from Henry Henriette.

2/ Viscose Moonstone from Atelier Brunette.

3/ Poplin pink panther from Anna Ka bazaar.

DENIM

1/ Striped Tencel Madison from Cousette.

2/ Denim Etendard from Amandine Cha.

3/ Denim chambray from Amandine Cha.

So, I hope these inspirations give you some ideas for your Mirambell skirt. I will show you my fall version very soon!

 

 

1 September, 2017 0 comment
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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! 🙂

1 September, 2017 0 comment
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July at Pauline Alice

I hope summer is treating you well! No holidays for us at the studio… Between the last patterns release and preparing the fall collection, we’re busy busy!

 

Behind the scenes

The summer patterns

As you might have noticed, we had a new model for our summer patterns. Being pregnant, I wasn’t able to fit into the samples anymore so we asked Bea, who owns the lovely fabric shop/sewing studio Bye Bye Manoni in Valencia, to get in front of the camera. And she looks stunning! Here’s some pictures of our photoshoot, we had a great time shooting the Mirambell skirt and Lliria dress patterns!

Thanks so much for the lovely welcome you did to our new patterns! We were very excited to release them and it’s always a pleasure (and a relief) to read your positive reactions.

You can find the Mirambell skirt and Lliria dress in both PDF and printed versions on the shop.

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The Lliria dress video tutorial

We’ve made a special video tutorial for all of you who need a little extra help to sew the Lliria dress pattern. You’ll find a step-by-step tutorial with extra tips on fabric choice and finishing touches. You’ll find the video on the blog and on our Youtube channel.

 

Pauline Alice and You

The first testers’ versions of the Mirambell skirt and Lliria dress are published! If you need inspiration before making your own, check the lovely versions of Céline, Marie, Sonia, Marie and Beth. I can’t wait to see more finished versions!

 

Last minute note…

The studio stays open all summer so we’ll continue to ship your orders as always. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at info@paulinealicepatterns.com or leave a comment.

 

Have a great summer break!

 

 

2 August, 2017 0 comment
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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…

 

 

25 July, 2017 0 comment
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June at Pauline Alice …

…with a slight delay…

June was a busy month with a lot of things to do before the new patterns issu. This is coming out shortly. We were working on tiny surprises which we will be sharing  throughout the month of July and which will accompany the new collection. We look forward to show you all this good news! Meanwhile, I hope that you enjoy the last newsletter and have a great summer!

 

Behind the scene

Rosari Skirt by Guthrie and Ghani
Lauren, the owner of Birmingham-based haberdashery Guthrie & Ghani and finalist of the first Great British sewing bee”, has made an amazing video with useful tips for the Rosari skirt pattern. You will find in her post how to adjust the skirt length, tips on placement of the buttons and buttonholes and some styling tips to wear your Rosari skirt all year round. 
And if you’re looking for a nice sewing kirt with everything you’ll need to sew your Rosari skirt (pattern, denim fabric, thread, buttons…), check Lauren’s own kit!
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Pauline Alice woven label
Our woven label are here! You will find one in each printed pattern copy and will be able to sew it on your Pauline Alice sewing project made by you”.
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Pauline Alice and you…

We are so glad to see your beautiful sewing projects. Here are our favorites for June. Thanks for all the pretty pictures of the Pauline Alice sewing patterns! In pics, the military Tello Jacket by Anne (Un Chas Un Chas) and the Tello Jacket made in a beautiful striped seersucker by Mon Petit Bazar. The Rosari skirt by Lauren, the Botanic trousers posted by Tissustory, the grafic version of the Aldaia Dress made by rou2_an1_made and a Port short realized by Perrine ( Auguste et Septembre). 

 You can share your sewing projects with the hashtag #paulinealicepatterns on social media or on the blog paulinealice and you.
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This month inspiration

We are in love with the handmade ceramics of Cocó Fernandez. This young artist is inspired by nature and botanic and she traces lines and forms on these little objects in the way of Henri Matisse. You can find her artwork on her website.

10 July, 2017 0 comment
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Hello everyone,

Lauren, the owner of Birmingham-based haberdashery Guthrie & Ghani and finalist of the first “Great British sewing bee”, has made an amazing video with useful tips for the Rosari skirt pattern. I thought it would be a great idea to share it here as it can definitely be really useful.

Here are the main tips:

  • how to adjust the skirt length
  • how to topstitch and adjust the thread tension
  • tips on placement of the buttons and buttonholes
  • some styling tips to wear your Rosari skirt all year round

And if you’re looking for a nice sewing kirt with everything you’ll need to sew your Rosari skirt (pattern, denim fabric, thread, buttons…), check Lauren’s own kit!

 

3 July, 2017 0 comment
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Pregnancy in Pauline Alice patterns

Today I’m writing a special post: how to adapt your Pauline Alice patterns when you’re expecting!

You may have noticed (or not) that I’m expecting a baby for Fall (thanks to everyone who congratulated me!). My closet is quite limited right now as most of my clothes are fitted and high waisted, so I need new outfits more adapted to my growing belly. I thought it would be nice to show you how to adapt non-maternity patterns quite easily with pretty illustrations and diagrams:

 

CAMI DRESS

This is a very easy modification: you just have to shorten the front and back bodice pieces of the Cami dress pattern.

I would then remove the back darts and replace the front ones by gathers. To make the dress easier to put on, I would remove the side zipper and cut the front skirt piece in half and continue the bodice buttonband on the skirt. As the waistline is now under the bust, I would remove the pockets but they can also be lowered if you wish to keep them.

 

CARME BLOUSE & PORT SHORT

In the Carme blouse Sew-along (see it here on youtube), I had already shown how to make a maternity version.

You just need to add fabric on the bodice centre front that will later be gathered and stitched to the front yoke as the original version.

 

The Port short is a model that will ask for a more complex modification.

You’ll need to add a jersey waistband to the short. You need to redraw the front pieces (front and pockets). Draw a curve from the side to the center front (the seat is shortened by about 15 cm – this measure will vary depending on your belly, make sure to make a toile before). You won’t need the zipper fly pieces as the shorts will be pulled on, fly will only be decorative. Place the pockets (view A or B) over the new front piece and draw the curve on the pockets as well.

For the jersey waistband, we’ll cut two front and two back waistbands (size is to be adapted to your belly). The bottom edge should measure the same as the short’s new waistline with the cruve. Stitch the front and back waistbands at the sides and then both waistbands together at the top edge. Turn with the right sides out and stitch a line about 2 cm below the top edge to created a channel and insert an elastic. Stitch the waistband to the short. You can now pull the short on and the jersey waistband will be very confortable all the way through pregnancy.

 

MALVAROSA DRESS

No need to change anything on the Malvarosa dress as it’s loose shape makes it perfect for maternity.

 

ELIANA DRESS

That’s the first dress I thought of hacking : if you move the elastic waistband up, you’ll have the perfect maternity dress, from the first to the third trimester.

You need to shorten the Eliana dress bodice front and back pieces, without removing the 3 cm seam allowances at the waist. For the skirt, no need to change the waist but you might want to lengthen it a little bit. As the waistline is now under the bust, I would remove the pockets but they can also be lowered if you wish to keep them.

 

REINA SHIRT / DRESS

No modification needed for the Reina shirt thanks to the loose shape and gathers around the bust. But I want to lengthen it and try to make a dress out of it.

 

XEREA DRESS

By replacing the fold on view B of the Xerea dress by soft gathers, you’ll get a pretty maternity dress that you’ll also be able to wear after baby’s arrival.

 

DENIA BLOUSE & ROSARI SKIRT

The Denia blouse pattern doesn’t need any change. It will be perfect for summer temperatures.

Just as the Port short, the Rosari skirt will need a jersey waistband to be worn as a maternity skirt.

Check out the Port modifications above. You don’t need to make the buttonholes, as the skirt won’t be opened, you can stitch the buttons directly over the buttonbands. Pockets will nedd to be lowered slightly.

 

ALDAIA DRESS

The Aldaia dress is designed for jersey fabrics, perfect when your belly is getting rounder every day.

I would shorten the bodice pieces (all three views are compatibles) under the bust and remove the back darts. For the skirt, I recommand using view B, without seams, and lengthen the skirt at the waist. Make sure you choose a fabric with enough stretch ad why not add some soft gathers on the front around the waist?

 

This is my Pauline Alice maternity wardrobe! I don’t know if I’ll have the time to test all the variations but this is definitely my summer sewing plan. I’m about to start the Cami dress in white cotton, I’ll let you know how that works out.

What about you? What’s your favourite maternity pattern? Which of these do you like the most?

7 June, 2017 7 comments
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