Pauline is a true statement dress; dramatic, romantic and loaded with special details. Create truly distinct looks by mixing and matching sleeves and skirt styles to make the Pauline of your dreams.
View A is a chic, sleeveless sheath with a straight skirt that hits just above the knee. View B features a striking puff sleeve in two lengths and a midi-length tiered skirt. All views feature a unique bodice design that incorporates knife pleats at the waist, a face-framing square neckline and a keyhole opening in the back bodice tied at the nape of the neck. Pauline can be made unlined or fully lined and is closed with an invisible zipper at center back.
Sewing level: Advanced beginner
This pattern can be made with a variety of fabrics depending on the desired effect. For a more structured shape, use light to medium weight wovens such as linen, poplin, seersucker, broadcloth, sateen, chambray, or cotton shirtings. For a softer effect, use rayon challis, viscose, tencel, cotton voile or silk.
Optional lining: choose lightweight fabrics such as viscose, bemberg, silk, lawn, voile or batiste.
- Lightweight fusible interfacing (0.5yd/0.5m for 45″ wide interfacing).
- 16-18″ (40-45cm) invisible zipper (longer zippers may be used and trimmed to size)
- 1/2 yard x 3/8″ wide (.5m x 10mm wide) elastic for View B sleeve cuffs
- Polyester thread in matching colour
- Marking tool
- Point turner
- Optional: bias tape
View A (Sleeveless & Above Knee Skirt)
45″ / 1.15m = 0-8 = 2yd / 1.8m, 10-14 = 2.25yd / 2m, 16-20 = 2.5yd / 2.3m
58″ / 1.5m = 0-8 = 1.5yd / 1.4m, 10-20 = 1.75yd / 1.6m
View B (Puff Sleeves & Midi-Length Skirt)
45″ / 1.15m = 0-8 = 4yd / 3.7m, 10-12 = 4.25yd / 3.9m, 14-20 = n/a
58″ / 1.5m = 0-14 = 3.5yd / 3.2m, 16-20 = 3.75yd / 3.4m
Lining (All Views, Optional)
45″ / 1.15m = 0-14 = 1.25yd / 1.15m, 16-20 = 1.5yd / 1.4m
58″ / 1.5m = 0-20 = 1yd / 0.9m