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#fashionrevolution #paulinealicecommunity

 

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In our new post, we’ll tell you how you too are supporting the #FashionRevolution.

 

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The social media is starting to talk again about the Fashion Revolution, but do you know you too are helping to produce clothes in a consciously and sustainable way and maybe you don’t know it?

Making your own clothes, you do not only get creative, you make an exclusive garment and with a unique story, you are also offering an alternative to the fast fashion, giving a sentimental value and a strength that are lacking in large textile industry companies.

From Pauline Alice, we are proud to assist in this creative and conscious process, and for this reason we created Pauline Alice and U 3 years ago, a space where you could share the clothes you make with our patterns. As the answer has been so great and many of you have shown proudly your work, we thought it was time to create the Pauline Alice Community on Facebook. In addition of sharing the Pauline Alice garments you made, you can also get closer with us and with other people with our same concerns through the story behind every design, behind each fabric you chose to use… and knit an atmosphere to know each other better, to put a face to stories we will be delighted to hear and where advising, valuing works, love and respect which are done our clothes. The story of every Pauline Alice patterns starts in our studio and ends when you wear your dress, your jacket or your shirt and feel great about its uniqueness.

To show our support to the Fashion Revolution during this week, we propose you to post, through Instagram, one or several pictures of the garment/s you have made with our patterns, showing the label, with the hastags #fashionrevolution #imademyclothes #paulicealicepatterns and tell us the story behind that garment.

If you want to share experiences or some particular anecdote with our patterns, you can do it through the Pauline Alice Community. 

Thank you for believing that another kind of fashion is possible and necessary.

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Spring/Summer 18 inspiration

We’ve been less present during the last few months… but that means new patterns are coming soon! How about a little glimpse of what has inspired us?

There will be two new patterns released in May, perfect for spring and summer (well in fact, they will be perfect to wear all year round!). I won’t go into details yet but you can expect soft colours, gathers, fluidity and a retro vibe.

Can’t wait to share more with you!

We are also working on adding new sizes to our first patterns: the Cami dress, Ninot jacket, Carme blouse and Alameda dress will come back up to size 48. And we’re taking advantage of that to bring them up to date with reviewed instructions and more options.

Have a great week end!

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Mini collection

This new pattern release is a little bit special: these are not the usual women patterns but a special collection for kids! This is a first for Pauline Alice!

I’ve been wanting to design a small collection of kids patterns when I was pregnant. I was already imagining my baby in comfortable and easy pieces. With Lucile, we’ve been thinking about how to design a collection of three patterns that could be worn as a whole outfit or separately. We also wanted unisex pieces that would work for a variety of colours, fabrics and prints. That’s how the Mini collection was born.

Let’s see the three patterns of the collection:

First, we’ve got a tunic. Inspired by the “vareuse” (the traditional shirt worn by breton sea men), its volume, cut and yoke make it a pattern easy to make and to modify. I love the small gathers and the pockets! It buttons in the back and has kimono sleeves, that’s so easy to wear. For a little boy, I see it perfectly in chambray or linen, and for a girl, why not use  a liberty print or swiss dot fabric?

After Turia for the grown-ups, welcome to the kids overall!Again, we’ve chosen a loose fit with cool details: multiple buttons on the straps, buttons on the side and at the inseam for practicality. Perfect for every season: cotton or linen for summer, denim or corduroy for winter.

Finally, to complete the outfit, there’s only a coat missing! Like a classic rain coat, it has a hood, a back flap, double pockets and raglan sleeves. Lined, it’s neatly finished inside and out. Here we have made a mid-season version in coated cotton but it would look just as good in wool or gabardine.

All three patterns have an intermediate level. Nonetheless, we will share some tutorials over the next few weeks.

 

You can find the patterns as a printed pack with the three pieces or each pattern in PDF. The printed pack comes with instructions in french only, make sure you select the language to receive the downloadable instructions in english.

I hope you’ll love them! Let me know if you have any question.

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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…

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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. –

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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!

Edit: the sleeves patterns pieces were lacking some marks. Download the corrected version here: ManchesAudreyMarylinKate sleeves and ManchesTippi sleeves.

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

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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!
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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.

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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!

 

 

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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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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!

 

 

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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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