Sunday, 19 July 2015

Xerea Dress - Pauline Alice Patterns

The Xerea Dress, by Pauline Alice, was first brought to my attention when I spied the gorgeous Moomintroll version made by Inna of Thewallinna. I had to have it, despite it being a summer dress and the middle of winter here. Click, click and it was mine mwahahaha.

I immediately raided my stash for suitable winter fabric and pulled out this, a recent purchase from 'Fashion Fabrics Online'. It's a ponte knit in colours bright enough to warm any dreary winter day. To tone down the print a bit I used black ponte for the yoke, side panels and cuffs.

Speaking of the cuffs, they and the long sleeves were my own variation. The pattern comes with short sleeves, which I lengthened for my winter version. 

Xerea dress line drawing
The other change I made, purely for warmth, was to omit the V in the back yoke. I cut a high back neckline with the yoke on the fold (rather than two yoke pieces for the V-back version), then cut the neckline a bit lower once it was sewn in place. It was all eyeballed in this case, but if I'd had a t-shirt pattern handy I would have traced the back neckline from that.

I love the pockets on this dress and their construction was very straightforward. Since this fabric was a bit stretchy, I had to take in the side seams, which made the pocket openings a bit narrower than intended. They are still fine though.

The length of the dress is short! I am around 5'10. I feel it's fine with leggings though. Also, the neckline is fairly high, which balances the short hemline.

I'm very happy with this dress. It is fun to wear and I got a lot of compliments the first time I strutted out in it. The pattern is well drafted, the instructions are clear and this is fast to whip up. I also like that the pattern pieces offer lots of colour blocking opportunities. I can't wait to make more!


Anonymous said...

Meg, love that colorful print! This pattern definitely has me pocket interested :)

Unknown said...

The pocket version is the winning version for me. You've proven this is a good style to modify. Stay warm.

fabric epiphanies said...

That is definitely an eye catching dress for a dreary winters day.

Marianna said...

It's very Mad Men, Megan era. Looks great (and warm).

SavageCoco said...

Knocked it outta the park, again! Well done. And, those is some kick arse boots!

Thewallinna said...

The fabric reflects perfectly the mood of the 60's! I am loving this dress on you!

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Love the bright fabric combined with the black contrasts. Very cute dress with your black tights and boots.

Carolyn said...

This is fabulous Megan! I love this dress on you; colourful and fun and beautifully made. You look really cute in it :)

Gail said...

Oh perfect use of a great graphic print. Love it!

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