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Today, I’m not releasing a new garment pattern but an accessory. Welcome to the Arenas bag!

I’m not a purse kind of girl but I love a good backpack! I find them so practical to carry all your essentials and still have free hands. But it’s not always easy to find the perfect backpack for me: I might like the shape but not the colour, or the contrary, it might lack some inside compartments, the opening might not be easily accessible… Well, I can just draft one myself!

The Arenas bag checks all my requirements: not too small nor too big, it has the right dimensions for a day bag (or even for a week-end trip if you’re a light packer like me). On the front, you’ll find a long pocket (for your newspaper or your baguette) and a zippered pocket for your bus card, your headphones or your keys. There are also two water bottles pockets on the sides, perfect for a water bottle (hence the name!) or a book.

And the best feature for me is the tote bag shape that can be worn over the shoulders or as a backpack. The back strap is adjustable in length so it can transform from tote to backpack. With its top loader with drawcord closure, you’ll have easy access the bag’s inside compartments. The back panel is padded for more comfort. The Arenas bag is fully lined. Inside, you’ll find a big patch pocket on the front, a big pocket on the back that can fit most 15” laptops and a small zippered pocket for your valuable belongings.

When planning our photoshoot, we have thought of showing two different bags so that you can see the multiple possibilities of styling the Arenas bag. The one I’m wearing is made with a heavy duty coton canvas from Stragier and lined with a medium weigh cotton – that the fabric I use for my toiles. Vanessa is wearing a more athlectic version, made from Acier Cordura® , a technical fabric made from nylon, in olive and black colours and lined with black Tactel® Santorin , a waterproof fabric. All these fabrics come from activa textil.

In a few days, we’ll share a post we have written on fabric and material inspiration to give you more ideas. If you don’t want to wait to sew your Arenas bag, medium weight and heavy duty are the keys.

The Arenas bag pattern is available as a PDF download with detailed instructions, an A4 print-at-home pattern and A0 copy shop version as well. You can find it now on the shop!

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You might have seen my stories before Christmas and how I was sewing a special dress for the holidays. I didn’t have time to show it to you yet. I’ve wanted to make a dress from the Reina blouse pattern for ever (there’s a dress in that style in my inspirations photos). And what a better time to try and make it than the holidays?

If you don’t know Reina, it’s a blouse pattern inspired by victorian style. It has a long collar that ties, wide sleeves gathered into a high buttoned cuff and it buttons on the front with nice little fabric loops. You can also make a more casual version with short sleeves and a standing collar.

I found a beautiful textured crepe satin, in a sienna colour I’ve been obsessed with lately, in my local fabric shop. I started with View A, the long sleeves and tie collar version of the Reina pattern, and lengthened the front and back pieces to the desired length. I added about 35 cm so it would hit just above the knee. I also finished the bottom hem differently: instead of a simple hem, I made a facing to add some weight to the dress. For a simpler look, I omitted the collar and made a self-fabric belt with topstitching to adjust the dress at the waist. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results! It was a nice dress to wear on New Year’s Eve!

Here are the instructions if you want to make a Reina dress :

1/ Cut the front and back pieces along the cutting line. On a big piece of paper, place the pieces about 25 to 35 cm apart (or more if you want a longer dress). Draw the dress shape: trace a line from the neckline base to the bottom edge on the front and back, then from the armscye to the bottom edge.

2/ Once the front and back pieces are modified, trace the hem facing at the bottom of the pieces at 5 to 10 cm above the hemline. Cut on the line and add the 5/8” seam allowances to the front and back pieces as well as the facings. Cut the front facing 4 times and the back facing twice on the fold.

3/ Lengthen the front facing (7) like the front piece (1).

4/ Make a 4 cm (1 ½”) wide belt – the length will depend on your fabric width. Once it’s sewn, you can topstitch it several times.

That’s how you change easily a Reina shirt into a Reina dress. I think I’ll do something similar with the Vera shirt pattern (Céline from @aiguille.coupon.ciseaux made it and it’s great!). When I design a new pattern, I like to think of all the modifications that can be done, whether I include them in the pattern or add them later as tutorials like this one. Playing on length (blouse into dress or dress into blouse), adding or removing some elements (collar, sleeves, belt), it allows you to really take advantage of a single pattern. I don’t like to make twice the same clothes, so instead of make various time the same pattern, I like to make a variation of the same. I think the next pattern I will transform is the Vera shirt and I can also see a skirt based on the Romero trousers. What about you ? Do you like to modify your favourite patterns ? Which ones ?

Here’s a little anecdote: as I wanted to wear this dress for New Year’s Eve, I had a very short time to sew and I decided to “forget” the washing step before cutting my fabric. “Bad Pauline!” I know that’s what you all want to say. And normally, I would say you’re right. But in this particular case, it was “good Pauline”. On New Year’s Eve, the crepe fabric was behaving perfectly, with a beautiful drape. But while taking the pictures afew days later, and after washing the dress, imagine my surprise when it clinged to me everywhere. I think that the special products they put on new fabric prevented the static electricity to make this crepe fabric being glued to me 😉.

So for once, not washing the fabric prior to sewing was a good thing!

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Ninot is one of the very first Pauline Alice patterns. With the details like the Peter Pan collar and button bands, it’s such a sweet and pretty/preppy Little jacket. With the update, we wanted to offer a new version, this time with a more modern and casual flair. Here are some fabric and style inspiration to celebrate the launch of the updated Ninot jacket pattern! 


1/  Flannel, Cousette

2/ Prince of Wales check, Pretty Mercerie

3/ Houndstooth, Les Tissus du Chien Vert

image sources:  Fashionista / Des petits hautsThe sartorialist


1/ Tweed, Stragier

2/ Boiled wool, Stragier

3/ Wool, Cousette

image sources: nytimes /  The sartorialist High Low Vintage



1/ Textured fleece dress fabric, Atelier de la Création

2/  Faux Fur, Atelier de la Création

3/ Plain sherpa textured fleece,  Minerva Crafts

image sources: Soeur Fashionista Fashionista

– You can find the Ninot jacket pattern in PDF (with A4 print-at-home and A0 copyshop versions) in the shop! –

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A (new) Ninot is back!

Just as the Cami dress, we thought the Ninot jacket pattern could use a little « sprucing up ». We have added the missing sizes (sizes available now go from 34 to 48) and a new version as well. For those who don’t know the pattern, Ninot is a swing jacket with a large pleat in the back. It has a shoulder yoke, welt pockets and long tailored sleeves.

View A is short and entirely lined. The sweet Peter pan collar and the back and sleeves button tabs give it a classic look.

Whereas view B is more modern with its mid-thigh length and round neckline. Perfect for mid-season, it’s not lined but finished with bias binding.

We chose to simplify a little bit this pattern : we replaced the bound buttonholes by machine-made buttonholes (but if you feel like it, you can always add bound buttonholes following the tutorial we wrote a few years ago) and we joined some pieces together (front and back shoulder yokes are now one, as for the front and the facing). As for the instructions, we rewrote them according to these modifications but the jacket basis is still the same so no surprises.

– You can find the Ninot jacket pattern in PDF (with A4 print-at-home and A0 copyshop versions) in the shop! –

You already have the Ninot Jacket pattern and would like to receive the updated version? That’s easy, here are the different options:

  • You bought Ninot in PDF in our new shop: connect to your account and download the Ninot file, it’s already updated.
  • You bought Ninot in PDF in our old shop: send us an email at info@paulinealicepatterns.com with the order number or a copy of the confirmation email if you have it (if not, your name and surname will do). We will send you the PDF pattern by email.
  • You bought a printed copy of Ninot in our shop (new or old): send us by email the order number (or your name and surname). We will send you the PDF pattern by email.
  • You bought a printed copy from one of our stockists or in a fair: send us by email a ticket or if you don’t have it, a picture of your pattern. We will send you the PDF pattern by email.
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A (new) Camí is back!

The Camí dress is the first pattern I designed five years ago (pfff… time goes by so fast!). I think it was highly time to update it and add the two sizes that were missing compared to the other patterns. We even added a new version!

As you can see, view A is still the same. We kept the original as it was with buttoned bodice, shirt collar, gathered high waist skirt with inseam pockets, side zipper and ¾ length sleeves. It’s one of our most made patterns as it’s a classic design with just a hint of retro. It looks nice on everydoby and matches a great variety of fabrics.

We wanted to add a new version for the relaunch of the Cami dress pattern. With the same base, I made a variation last summer when I was pregnant and I really liked how the dress looked. Without darts and a empire waist, we get a more casual shirt dress. It’s completed by short sleeves, a small chest pocket and the whole front buttoned up, it’s so easy to wear. With the same pattern, you can make a retro fitted shirt dress or a more relaxed version. I hope you’ll like this Cami 2.0!


– You can find the Camí Dress pattern in our shop in printed copy of PDF downloadable. –

You already have the Cami dress pattern and would like to receive the updated version? That’s easy, here are the different options:

  • You bought Cami in PDF in our new shop: connect to your account and download the Cami file, it’s already updated.
  • You bought Cami in PDF in our old shop: send us an email at info@paulinealicepatterns.com with the order number or a copy of the confirmation email if you have it (if not, your name and surname will do). We will send you the PDF pattern by email.
  • You bought a printed copy of Cami in our shop (new or old): send us by email the order number (or your name and surname). We will send you the PDF pattern by email.
  • You bought a printed copy from one of our stockists or in a fair: send us by email a ticket or if you don’t have it, a picture of your pattern. We will send you the PDF pattern by email.
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In order to help you sew your Romero trousers, we have prepared a special video tutorial how to sew the pockets and button opening for this pattern.

This step-by-step video will give you tips and advices to make what can be considered the most difficult part of the pattern… and you’ll see that it’s definitely not that difficult!

If you have doubts or you’re not sure how to follow one step, feel free to contact us any way you want: leave us a comment or send us an email at info@paulinealicepatterns.com, we’ll be more than happy to help you.

Don’t forget to share your projects on social media with the hashtag #RomeroTrousers.

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Zoom in: The Vera Shirt

Vera is the kind of shirt designed for those days when you want to feel stylish and comfortable at the same time. When I design new patterns, that’s my major goal. 

The Vera shirt has all the details of a classic shirt with its small notched collar and front button closure. But we wanted to give it more lightness and feminity by choosing a loose shape, dropped shoulders and round edges. 

The small gathers at the back of the neckline highlight the notched collar and give volume to the shirt. With the asymmetrical hem, you can choose to wear Vera over a pair of trousers or shorts for a casual look or gathered inside a high waist skirt for a more retro look. 

The rounded hem and the sleeves are finished with facings. We have also added buttontabs to the sleeves in order to roll them up easily. 

We recommend you to use light weight fabrics to make Vera. Depending on the style you want, you might choose fabric with drape for a very light and airy look or fabric with body to highlight the volume of the shirt. We used cotton poplin for both version here. You can also use cotton lawn, linen, rayon, tencel, cupro, gaze, chambray or silk… 

– You can find the Vera shirt pattern in our shop in printed copy of PDF downloadable. –


Fabric credits: off-white batiste from Julián López – graphic batiste from Fil’Etik

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Zoom in: the Romero trousers

I’ve been dreaming of a pair of sailor trousers for quite some time now. I even made one of few years ago, using a pattern from Burda, and I really liked it. But some details were bugging me: there was a zipper behind the button closure and the pockets were closed by the buttons and therefore not usable.  The first thing I did when I started to design this pattern was to find a way to have only button closures and to have fully functional pockets. With Lucile, we tried different techniques and finally, we were quite happy with this result: 

Romero is a pair of sailor trousers, with a high waistline, fitted from the waist to the hips. There are two different lenghts: a short version for summer and cropped ankle length. This is THE trousers length this year and I have to say that I really love it: this is a great way to show pretty shoes and I find it very elegant and flattering. 

Romero is closed by buttons on the sides and waitband. We have made a video tutorial to walk you through the pockets/buttonband construction. The pockets are fully functional and nicely finished with french seams. 

In terms of fabric, we recommend you to use medium weight fabrics with some body such as denim, linen, gabardine, cotton twill, woolens or corduroy for a winter version. You’ll also need lining for the pockets (a great way to use scraps from leftover cotton for example) and some interfacing for the waistband and buttonbands. 

Don’t hesitate to choose pretty buttons for Romero. In matching colours or contarsting ones, they will be your trousers’ focus point! 

– You can find the Romero trousers pattern in our shop in printed copy or PDF downloadable. –


Fabric credits: ochre linen from Cousette – white gabardine from les Trouvailles d’Amandine

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The new summer patterns are here!

At last, the new patterns are here! It took time but I am so happy to share these two designs with you:


These are sailor trousers with button close on the sides. They are high-waisted, fitted at the waist and hips and then flare at the leg. Elegant but practical as well, they have pockets hidden inside the button closure. You can choose between two lengths: cropped ankle length for View A or shorts for View B.


Vera Will be your summer’s best friend with its loose shape and laid-back style.  The classical notched collar is coupled with an asymmetrical hem, longer in the back, and rounded edges to give Vera a modern vibe. The back neckline is softly gathered and the short sleeves can be worn rolled-up thanks to the button tabs.

– You can find the Romero trousers and the Vera shirt in the shop in both printed and PDF versions. –
– Want both patterns? We have prepared a Romero & Vera pack for a special price! –

I’ll come back tomorrow with more details on each pattern…

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My version of the Lilas Dress

The Lilas dress is one of the two dresses I designed for the book  « Robes » des éditions Mangomade in collaboration with Charlotte Auzou, Coralie Bijasson et OrageuseIt’s a dress with front button closure and knotted straps perfect for summer. The princess cut bodice fits nicely at the waist and finish with a V shape on the front. It’s attached to a gathered skirt 

I’ve seen many summer dresses with the same kind of bodice lately and I wanted to try to make one with this pattern as base. Here’s the tutorial on how to do modify the Lilas dress pattern easily 





Copy the following pieces from the pattern sheet: bodice front, bodice side front, bodice back, bodice side back and front and back facings.  

Once they are copied, you just need to lengthen the side lines from the waist notches. If I remember correctly, I added 65 cm from the waist. You can open the sides more or less depending on the width you want for your dress. Remember to add the necessary length to the front facing as well. 

For the straps, I wanted simple ones so instead of 4 bias straps of fabric, I cut only 2 (here they are 37 cm long but you should measure before for yourself). I kept the same space between the buttons as the original dress, in total I have 13 buttons.  

Remember that contrary to the Pauline Alice patterns, seam allowances are not included in the book. You’ll need to add them to the pattern pieces as well as hems (here 4 cm). 



In the end, I am so happy with this modification: it’s a prettyunfussy and feminine summer dress. I used a soft chambray from Les Trouvailles d’Amandine and engraved wood boutons from Textile garden (check them out, they have amazing buttons!).  

See you next week with the new patterns ! 

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#fashionrevolution #paulinealicecommunity




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




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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