Pauline Alice: Marvelous Malvarosa

IMG_8534I’ve been away for a little while, walking the Alps, which gave lots of time to ponder my next sewing move and I settled for some inspiration from The Monthly Stitch’s Independent Sewing Month: the Malvarosa dress by Pauline Alice.

IMG_8525 I’ve already seen a few great versions around and although I have never tried the drop waist look before I thought I might give it a try now.

IMG_8526This version is made from some Ikea cotton and really is a wearable muslin for me to check out if this look is for me.

IMG_8527Look, the dress even has pocketses!

IMG_8529They are fully functional, even from the side!

I cut a size 40, following my waist measurement, this is also my standard RTW size. I think in this style I might have got away with a 38. But maybe I am just still a little unsure of the loose waist style and it is perfectly fine the way it is. Anyway, the width is easy to take in as the side seams are the last seams to be sewn.

IMG_8531I was surprised to see the dress come out as long as it did. I made the skirt 2cm longer than indicated, 42cm rather than 40 cm, but at 174cm I am quite tall. Normally I have to lengthen skirts by about 5cm  to make them similar to the look on the pattern. I if you are petite, you might definitely want to hunt down the tutorial about how to shorten the whole dress.

IMG_8536I really like the little sleeves. On the inside they are finished with facings. This works perfectly well, but I find that whenever I put on the dress I have to push them back inside, so on a second version I might just self line the whole bodice rather than using the facings. I would like to point out though that this my personal preference, once the facings are in place they will stay put so there is no need to fiddle with them once the dress is on.

IMG_8533After a little indecision when I first wore the dress I think I might make it again quite soon. I am thinking in mint coloured linen for the summer? Or the version with sleeves for the autumn in simple black? Or maybe a Hello Sailor version?

Would you?


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7 thoughts on “Pauline Alice: Marvelous Malvarosa

  1. NancyD June 23, 2014 at 1:56 am Reply

    I think the drop waist style looks great on you! Looks very cool and comfy, but dressy too. I’ll have to track that pattern down.

  2. navybluethreads June 23, 2014 at 10:16 am Reply

    I like! Looks lovely and loose, perfect for hot weather. Beautiful backdrop by the way 🙂

    • Chris June 23, 2014 at 10:22 am Reply

      Thank you! The backdrop is just around the corner from my local ice cream parlour, a place where I can be found all too often when the weather is hot…

  3. sewbusylizzy June 23, 2014 at 10:59 am Reply

    This is a cute little dress and as much as I can’t see my short self (5 foot 4) in a drop waisted dress I’ve often been tempted by this pattern… however given that it’s now winter (boo) it might be a few months yet!

    • Chris June 23, 2014 at 11:06 am Reply

      It does come in a version with sleeves, did you know 😉

  4. I am hesitant to get a drop waist dress too. But yours looks great on you. I think you should make another!

  5. […] Obviously I moved the side ruffle towards the back and left off the sleeves. And of course I didn’t make it a dress. That’s because I didn’t want a dress, I wanted a chance to use bum-ruffles. But also I wouldn’t have had enought fabric because I was refashioning this dress I made a while ago. […]

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