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My first Aldaia dress, a Pauline Alice pattern

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

A few years after the rest of the sewing world, I finally sewed the Aldaia dress, a lovely pattern from Pauline Alice.


A woman is twirling in the street, while smiling at the camera. She is wearing a grey and red dress, with a red belt and red shoes.


The fabric

Last Christmas, my parents got me this pattern, along a gorgeous colorful fabric. I had long been in love with the wrap top of the dress, and immediately knew that paired with a flowy skirt and elbow-length sleeves, this would be very me: A comfortable, retro-looking and cute outfit...that's Sew Marinette!


And then, suddenly, I started doubting my fabric choice. Indeed, last summer I tried to make a wrap dress with a white fabric that had lots of colourful flowers on it. And actually, pleats + colors + patterns was a bit too much, and I don't think we could fully appreciate the beauty of the fabric and the beauty of the pattern. A bit like the two were fighting each other for the spotlight!

Scalded by this experience, I decided to take my sweet time before rushing to cut the gorgeous fabric I had been gifted. I visited my favourite fabric shop to find an alternative, and found this very cute, and very cheap, grey and red fabric.

A woman is standing in the street, while smiling at the camera. She is wearing a grey and red dress, with a red belt and red shoes.


The pattern

The Aldaia dress offers three different alternatives: with or without sleeve, with a round neckline or a wrapped top, and with a flared or straight skirt.

I opted for a mix of them all: I loved the sleeves from the model A, the neckline from the model B, and the skirt of the model C... A happy mix indeed!


In regard to adjustments, I've lenghten the skirt by 10 centimetres. This is an adjustment I often make: First because I am 5 feet 6, but also because I hate wearing short or mini skirt.


I don't think the sewing process presents any challenge. The wrap top, which could be a bit challenging, is superbly explained, and if you take your time, I believe even beginners would be able to achieve it.


A woman with brown hair is standing in a street, while looking at the camera. She is wearing a grey and red dress that is wrapped-up at the waist

I've used my interlocker for this dress, from beginning to end. This meant the dress was very quick to sew, and it truly has a lovely perfect finish.


A woman is twirling in the street, while smiling at the camera. She is wearing a grey and red dress, with a red belt and red shoes.

What I thought of Aldaia

I am very happy I gave this pattern a go, and actually, even happier I used a cheap fabric for a start. The more I wear it, the less convinced I am that this neckline is one for me.


Don't get me wrong - I absolutely adore this dress, and I've worn it very often since I finished it (with a pair of tight and a cardigan, it's perfect for the beginning of the spring), but I am not convinced the bust pleats are the most fitting for me.


I think I'll sew the next one (with my gorgeous fabric) with a simpler pattern: Maybe just a V-neck and a slightly shorter skirt. Stay tuned!


A woman is standing in the street, while smiling at the camera. She is wearing a grey and red dress, with a red belt and red shoes.

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