Pauline Alice Aldaia Dress
View B with longer sleeves
Size 38 Bodice with 40 Skirt
Fabric: Nicole Miller
I have found a new pattern that I love! There are 3 dress versions, all equally as beautiful. I am not a big fan of PDF patterns; however, this one went together pretty easy. I love how each bodice, sleeve, and skirt is a separate file so you can pick and choose what to print. To me, this makes it so much easier to assemble the pattern since the entire dress isn't printed and taped together in one massive sheet. Smaller sections helped my sanity and saved me some paper and tape. Also, being able to pick and choose between 3 bodices, 3 sleeves, and 3 skirts, you can create many different looks.
I like the side slits. Since I shorted the skirt pattern by 3.25 inches, I just picked a spot to take the split up to, not even measuring to see what the actual pattern placed it at. I found the slits to be a little pesky to hem since my fabric is stretchy. To make it easier on myself, I cut a thin strip of knit interfacing to stabilize them. The bottom hem I was able to use my covers stitch machine without any problem.
The back skirt and back bodice pieces both have two darts at the waistline. It's nearly impossible to see them because of my fabric print. The darts allow for some nice shaping at the waistline and a swayback adjustment wasn't needed.
I love the modest wrap of the front bodice! It is so hard to find a wrap top or dress that is high enough or won't gap open dare you move or bend over. The last thing I want to have to do after I have made something is to add a pin or a snap to keep it closed.
For my next make, I'll be making View C of this pattern!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley