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Xerea Dress Pattern

by Pauline Alice
xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-1Today let’s talk about the perfect summer dress:  the Xerea Dress. Inspired by the 60’s mini dresses, Xerea is easy to sew and easy to wear!
The pattern is available in two versions: View A is a shift dress with short sleeves and View B a sleeveless tent dress with center box pleat. Both views include pockets at the princess seams.
xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-2Xereaxerea-dress-pattern-sewing-3 is perfect for beginners and will delight advanced (lazy) seamstresses: no zipper, no buttons. The dress is put on easily thanks to the open back neckline, finished with bias binding.
xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-4For fabrics, I would recommend fabrics with some drape, in particular if you choose the shift dress.
For the shift version, View A, I used an ikat cotton (Henry et Henriette) with piping inserted in the princess seams – perfect for summer – and for the tent version, View B,  I used a jersey (Tejidos Paredes – make sure it’s stable enough: for example ponte knit fabric) for a 60’s style.
xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-5xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-6The yoke design allow you to use contrasting fabric very easily: how about color blocking or lace accents? All the hems are finished with bias binding, make your own with matching fabric for an invisible finish or add some subtle contrast to your dress.
This pattern can also transition easily into the colder months: lengthen the sleeves or make view B in woolen fabric to wear as a pinafore over a shirt or pullover.
xerea-dress-pattern-sewing-7I hope you’ll like the new patterns, the Xerea dress and the Sorell trousers!


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SanPini 11 June, 2015 - 8:23 am

Me encanta!!!
Eso sí, yo me haría la vista B, me chifla el movimiento que tiene, con las mangas de la A. Es que yo sin mangas no soy nadie.

Pauline Alice 15 June, 2015 - 5:15 pm

Gracias! Puedes añadir las mangas a la vista B sin ningun problema 😉

Elena 11 June, 2015 - 9:29 am

Oh! Me encanta Pauline! Es un vestido super mono!

Pauline Alice 15 June, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Gracias Elena!

sewmanju 11 June, 2015 - 5:12 pm

This is so cute and very versatile. But is it not possible to use the sleeves from view A on B?

Pauline Alice 11 June, 2015 - 7:41 pm

Hi Manju,
Oh yes of course, you can mix view A and B without any problems 🙂

Sonia Fonseca 11 June, 2015 - 10:30 pm

Estas guapisima!!!.
Me gustan las dos versiones…Una por las mangas y la tela y la otra por el pliegue y la tela también!!!.
Que fuerte… esa tela te la compraste conmigo en Madrid verdad?????…
ains.. que ilusión me ha hecho!..
Por cierto la tienda de telas en tu pais es una pasada de bonita!!!.

Pauline Alice 15 June, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Si, has reconocido la tela! Me gustaba el estampado con su rollo sesentero.
Un besito guapa

Dorothy DotDot 12 June, 2015 - 2:24 am

Lovely pattern and the fabric choices are pretty!

Pauline Alice 15 June, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Thanks Dorothy!

samplerdisabrina 12 June, 2015 - 5:23 am

Je l'aime vraiment la première version avec manches,

Pauline Alice 15 June, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Merci Sabrina

Anonymous 19 October, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Magnifique ! mais d'où vient ce superbe tissu rouge ?!!

slightlysnug 28 October, 2018 - 6:18 am

I can’t believe I’m only finding out about this pattern now. It looks like the kind of dress I’ve been trying to find for forever. Box pleat, pockets that fit with curved seam lines… except that I can’t find where to buy it!

Pauline Alice 2 November, 2018 - 3:34 pm

So sorry, it’s being updated right now and won’t come back before next year! But stay tuned, we’ll let you know when it’s back.


Dora 21 January, 2019 - 11:57 pm

Love the dress and would like to sew one. Do you know when the pattern will be available for buying? Look forward to it 🙂

Sandie 18 December, 2020 - 4:58 am

I still cannot understand how you attach the dide piece to the front and what you do withthe pocket when you are stitching that seam. Can anyone explain it please? I can’t tell from the photos what you do with the pocket piece. The instructions say, when ypu get to the pocket mark, fold the seam allowance to continue stitching the pocket to the front side but I cannot envisage what this means.


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