Pauline Dress Pattern
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.
Pattern Difficulty: AdvancedLearn more about how we rank pattern difficulty
- 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.
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 45inch / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - SLEEVELESS & ABOVE KNEE SKIRT ~ Sizes 0-8 = 2 yd (1.8 m), Sizes 10-14 = 2.25 yd (2 m), Sizes 16-20 = 2.5 yd (2.3 m)
VIEW B - PUFF SLEEVES & MIDI-LENGTH SKIRT ~ Sizes 0-8 = 4 yd (3.7 m), Sizes 10-12 = 4.25 yd (3.9 m), Sizes 14-20 = n/a
LINING - ALL VIEWS, OPTIONAL ~Sizes 0-14 = 1.25 yd (1.15 m), Sizes 16-20 = 1.5 yd (1.4 m)
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 58inch / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - SLEEVELESS & ABOVE KNEE SKIRT ~ Sizes = 0-8 = 1.5 yd (1.4 m), Sizes 10-20 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m)
VIEW B - PUFF SLEEVES & MIDI-LENGTH SKIRT ~ Sizes = 0-14 = 3.5 yd (3.2 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3.75 yd (3.4 m)
LINING - ALL VIEWS, OPTIONAL ~ Sizes = 0-20 = 1 yd (0.9 m)
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 45inch / 1.14 m wide
VIEW A - SLEEVELESS & ABOVE KNEE SKIRT ~ Sizes 14-22 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m), Sizes 24-26 = 3 yd (2.75 m), Sizes 28-32 = 3.25 yd (3 m)
VIEW B - PUFF SLEEVES & MIDI-LENGTH SKIRT ~ Sizes 14-16 = 4.75 yd (4.3 m), Sizes 18-32 = n/a
LINING - ALL VIEWS OPTIONAL ~ Sizes 14-22 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m), Sizes 24-32 = 2 yd (1.85 m)
Yardage (sizes 14-32) - 58inch / 1.5 m wide
VIEW A - SLEEVELESS & ABOVE KNEE SKIRT ~ Sizes = 14-18 = 2 yd (1.85 m), Sizes 20-28 = 2.25 yd (2 m), Sizes 30-32 = 2.5 yd (2.3 m)
VIEW B - PUFF SLEEVES & MIDI-LENGTH SKIRT ~ Sizes = 14-20 = 4 yd (3.7 m), Sizes 22-32 = 4.5 yd (4.1 m)
LINING - ALL VIEWS, OPTIONAL ~ Sizes 14-22 = 1.25 yd (1.15 m), Sizes 24-32 = 1.5 yd (1.4 m)
- 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
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PDF File Details
|Sizes 0-20||Sizes 14-32|
|Letter / A4||29-61 pages depending on view||36-75 pages depending on view|
|Copyshop / A0||3 pages||4 pages|
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From the Closet Core Community
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I combined the Pauline top with a Cashmerette Upton skirt to make my teenager a custom performance dress for string quartet and a performance gown for a gala concert. Both turned out wonderfully. They are generally hard to fit but this one fit immediately with no pattern adjustments. It was comfortable for them to wear and play viola and violin in. A definite win!
I made the sleeveless, short length version. I used linen fabric and fully lined the dress. The instructions are very easy to follow with lots of online help if needed. The pattern itself fitted like a dream with no alterations. Absolutely love the dress and will definitely make more.