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Pauline Alice’s Aldaia Dress by Lara

Hi Everyone! This is Lara from Handmade by Lara Liz and I’m so excited to be back on the Minerva Crafts Blog for another guest post!
As an indie pattern designer addict, I am always looking for new indie pattern designers to try. When I was browsing the Minerva Crafts Website, Pauline Alice’s Aldaia’s Dress jumped right out at me. So much so that I wanted to make the exact version on the pattern envelope! The pattern sample is Version C in a bright pink. It is just so beautiful, I couldn’t get it out of my mind!
I was browsing the Minerva Crafts website for the perfect Jersey Fabric. The pattern recommends medium weight knit fabrics with 20-30% stretch. I wanted to give Minerva's Plain Ponte Roma Fabric a go – it comes in SO many colors. I figured it would be a good basic to have as an option for all your knit dresses needs!
I had never sewn a Pauline Alice pattern before, but ended up settling on making the size 38 which was the closest to my measurements.
What I liked about this pattern is that while I was dead set on making View C there three very different views included in the pattern. View A is a v neck dress with elbow length sleeves with bands and a short paneled skirt. View B is a wrap style bodice that is sleeveless with a below the knee pencil skirt. View C, which I chose, was a jewel neckline finished with a facing, short sleeves and a 6-gore skirt.  You could make three very different dresses with each of these views which makes the pattern so worth it!
Because each version was so different, I really liked that the instructions were specific to each version. Sometimes it’s hard to follow when instructions have steps that are a specific view only mixed all together. The Aldaia dress had 3 sets of instructions, one for each version.
When I traced the pattern, I thought it would be a complex sewing project. It has a lot of different pieces and small steps that all add up to a beautiful dress. I was pleasantly surprised that the dress actually came together SO quickly. Before I blinked, I had a full bodice and then I was attaching the bodice to the skirt, adding sleeves and ta-da! All done!
The fabric was a perfect fit for the dress. It was such an easy fabric to work with and was the perfect stretch and weight for the pattern. I sewed the entire dress on my sewing machine and finished my edges with my overlocker to make it more finished on the inside. I hand tacked the facing and sleeve facings down and left the skirt un-hemmed. I don’t have a coverstitch machine and felt that a double needle would make the dress look more casual.
The pink of this fabric makes it the perfect girly work or weekend even attire! I am planning to wear it to a bridal shower and think it will be a perfect thing to wear! I would highly recommend this Fabric – and it comes in so many colors, the opportunities are really endless!
I am really thrilled with the way this has turned out and so glad I decided to give the Aldaia Sewing Pattern a try!
I’d love to see your versions of the Aldaia Pattern – make sure to reach out to me on Instagram or connect with me on my blog! Thanks for stopping by today!

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