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Pauline Alice by Pauline Alice - 2w ago

Here is a selection of fabrics and material we hope you’ll find inspiring when planning how to sew your Arenas bag. You can make it in used denim, technical or natural fabric, depending on the look and use you’re planning to give your bag. We recommend choosing at least a medium weight fabric, one that doesn’t fray and will withstand time. Feel free to leave us a comment if you have any question or need some advice. We are very curious to know what fabrics you would use!

DENIM INSPIRATION

1/ 11oz hickory denim – Merchant and Mills

2/ Denim  haute-couture – Atelier de la Création

3/ Denim Marin – Amandine Cha

4/ Chevron strap – Ma Petite Mercerie

5/ Metal stop cord  – Ma Petite Mercerie

Source images (from the left to the right and from the top to the bottom): Baggu  /  Zara  / Herschel / This is Paper Magazine / Baggu

RAW STYLE

1/ Gold oilskin– Merchant and Mills

2/ Natural linen – Merchant and Mills

3/ Faux leather – Rascol

4/ Stop cord – Ma Petite Mercerie

5/ Faux leather strap – Ma Petite Mercerie

Source images (from the left to the right and from the top to the bottom): This is Paper Magazine / source inconnue / source inconnue / TreesizeverseSandqvist

MOUNTAINEERING

1/ Grass oilskin – Anna Ka Bazaar

2/ Impermeable poliester – Takoy Design

3/ Millerain – fisherman yellow eaxed cotton fabric – Guthrie and Ghani

4/ Poliester strap okaino – Ma Petite Mercerie

5/ Stop cord poliester duo – Ma Petite Mercerie

Source images (from the left to the right and from the top to the bottom): Topo design / Epperson mountaineering / Epperson mountaineering / Topo design / Topo design

– ¡ You can find the Arenas bag pattern on the shop ! –
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Pauline Alice by Pauline Alice - 3w ago

Today, I’m not releasing a new garment pattern but an accessory. Welcome to the Arenas bag!

I’m not a purse kind of girl but I love a good backpack! I find them so practical to carry all your essentials and still have free hands. But it’s not always easy to find the perfect backpack for me: I might like the shape but not the colour, or the contrary, it might lack some inside compartments, the opening might not be easily accessible… Well, I can just draft one myself!

The Arenas bag checks all my requirements: not too small nor too big, it has the right dimensions for a day bag (or even for a week-end trip if you’re a light packer like me). On the front, you’ll find a long pocket (for your newspaper or your baguette) and a zippered pocket for your bus card, your headphones or your keys. There are also two water bottles pockets on the sides, perfect for a water bottle (hence the name!) or a book.

And the best feature for me is the tote bag shape that can be worn over the shoulders or as a backpack. The back strap is adjustable in length so it can transform from tote to backpack. With its top loader with drawcord closure, you’ll have easy access the bag’s inside compartments. The back panel is padded for more comfort. The Arenas bag is fully lined. Inside, you’ll find a big patch pocket on the front, a big pocket on the back that can fit most 15” laptops and a small zippered pocket for your valuable belongings.

When planning our photoshoot, we have thought of showing two different bags so that you can see the multiple possibilities of styling the Arenas bag. The one I’m wearing is made with a heavy duty coton canvas from Stragier and lined with a medium weigh cotton – that the fabric I use for my toiles. Vanessa is wearing a more athlectic version, made from Acier Cordura® , a technical fabric made from nylon, in olive and black colours and lined with black Tactel® Santorin , a waterproof fabric. All these fabrics come from activa textil.

In a few days, we’ll share a post we have written on fabric and material inspiration to give you more ideas. If you don’t want to wait to sew your Arenas bag, medium weight and heavy duty are the keys.

The Arenas bag pattern is available as a PDF download with detailed instructions, an A4 print-at-home pattern and A0 copy shop version as well. You can find it now on the shop! –
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The Fashion Revolution movement is taking place this week, on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse on 2013. Fashion Revolution believes in a fashion industry that values people, the environment and creativity. Feel free to check their webpage to know more about their mission and how you can participate too.

On our side, we want to take part in this revolution, even if it’s just with a little tutorial. We’ll show you a fun and creative way to use patchwork and upcycling to make new clothes. Why ? Because we buy way too many clothes (and fabric !). And to produce these fabrics, people and the environment suffer as a result of the way fashion is made, sourced and consumed. We thought it would be a great idea to use used clothes to make a new Denia blouse.:)

To make this sewing project, you’ll need the following:

  • Used shirts. It can be your husband’s (or brother, boyfriend or dad) old shirt or from a second hand shop. The bigger the better ! Choose them with similar weight and drape, it will be easier to sew. For mine, I choose 3 shirts with contrasting textures and similar tones (ochre, vanilla and cream). They come from a second hand shop and are very big (size XXXL! We could have fitted 3 Lucile inside!).
  • Thread. Matching colour or contrasting, that’s your choice.
  • Sewing machine and serger. If you don’t have a serger, no big deal. We haven’t use dit here, but it gives a nice finish to your garment’s seams.
  • The Denia blouse pattern or any simple pattern with few pieces. For those who don’t know the Denia pattern, it’s a simple and loose-fitted blouse. It has a round neckline, short sleeves with cuffs. It ties in the front and buttons in the back.

1/ Choose the shirts you’re going to use based on weight and drape, but also colour, texture and patterns. Select 3 to 6 different fabrics. Stripes, checks, florals, dots, plain colour… don’t be shy and experiment to create a unique patchwork.

2/ Cut the shirts along the seams and keep the big pieces : front, back and sleeves. You can keep the yoke, collar, cuffs and pocket if you want to add cool details or for another project. Make sure the fabrics are pressed before cutting. Cut the principal pieces into rectangles as big as possible.

3/ Prepare the patchwork. Play with the different fabics: take the rectangles and place them together to see what combination you like best. It can take some time to find a balance between the fabrics: drawing a sketch can help you with the composition as well as making samples of the patchwork.

4/ Sew the patchwork. With right sides together, sew the smallest pieces together 1 cm from the edge. Press the seam allowances to one side and topstitch them. Continue sewing this block to the next fabric rectangle until you have pieces big enough to fit the pattern pieces.

If you have a serger, use it to finish the seam allowances. You could also use a zigzag stitch or bind the seam allowances. I have left the seams raw but the topstitching will prevent them to fray too much.

5/ Place the pattern pieces on your blocks and trace them. Once the pieces are cut, you can staystitch around them to make sure the patchwork seam allowances stay in place. Then, you just need to follow the instructions to sew the Denia blouse.

Do you repurpose fabric or old clothes to sew new garments?

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Pauline Alice by Pauline Alice - 3M ago

If you grew up in the nineties like me, you must know the game “fashion designer”. I loved it! I was thinking about this game when developping the Serra jacket pattern: with one base, we worked on different lengths, pockets, necklines, details to offer 3 versions for 3 different looks:

  • A parka for view A, A mid-thigh jacket inspired by the Pauline Alice Mini coat and the traditionnal breton raincoat.
  • An athletic jacket for view B, A short jacket with hood, athletic style.
  • A trench coat for view C, A knee-length jacket with trench coat details.

All the details can be mixed with the different versions to create infinite combinations! In this post, we’ll show you how to create 3 variations. You’ll see how to mix the pockets, lengths and other details. You can apply these modifications to all 3 versions, you just need your imagination run free and create your dream jacket!

To help you design your jacket, we’ve made a template available for free download. You can draw the details you want to incorporate to your jacket and see which version you prefer. You’ll find the download link at the end of the post.

Sportwear parka

pauline alice - sewing patterns - YouTube

You’ll need the following pieces to make this jacket:

      • 1   FRONT A*+B*
      • 2   BACK A
      • 3   SLEEVE B
      • 4    FRONT FACING A
      • 5    BACK FACING A
      • 6    SLEEVE FACING A
      • 7    FRONT LINING A
      • 8    BACK LINING A
      • 9    SLEEVE LINING B
      • 10  SIDE HOOD B / 10 bis SIDE HOOD B
      • 11  BACK HOOD B
      • 12  SIDE HOOD LINING B
      • 13  BACK HOOD LINING B
      • 14  FRONT HOOD FACING B / 14 bis FRONT HOOD FACING B
      • 29  BREAST POCKET B
      • 30  POCKET B
      • 31  POCKET FACING B
      • 17  ZIPPER PLACKET A
      • 27  FRONT CASING A
      • 29  BACK CASING A

*Pieces we will modify

FRONT POCKETS

On the front piece of view A (1) add the placements of pockets (29) & (30) from view B.

Long parka jacket

pauline alice - sewing patterns - YouTube

You’ll need the following pieces to make this version :

      • 1  FRONT A*+ C*
      • 2   BACK A*+ C*
      • 3  SLEEVE A
      • 4  FRONT FACING A*+ C*
      • 5  BACK FACING A
      • 6  SLEEVE FACING A
      • 7  FRONT LINING C
      • 8  BACK LINING C
      • 9  SLEEVE LINING A
      • 10  SIDE HOOD A
      • 11  BACK HOOD A
      • 12  SIDE HOOD LINING A
      • 13  BACK HOOD LINING A
      • 14  FRONT HOOD FACING A
      • 15  BACK HOOD FACING A
      • 16  VISOR A
      • 17  ZIPPER PLACKET A
      • 19  COLLAR A
      • 20  COLLAR BUTTON BAND A
      • 21  FRONT BUTTON BAND A
      • 22  BREAST POCKET FLAP A
      • 23  BREAST POCKET A
      • 24  POCKET FLAP A
      • 25  POCKET A
      • 26  OVER-POCKET A
      • 27  FRONT CASING A
      • 28 BACK CASING A

*Pieces we will modify

       FRONT LENGTH, CENTER FRONT, NECKLINE, POCKETS AND CASING

On the front piece (1) of view C : draw the neckline and the center front of view A. On the front piece (1) of view C, draw the placements of the pockets flaps (22) (24), the pockets (23) & (25) and the front casing (27) of view A.

BACK LENGTH, NECKLINE AND CASING

On the back piece (2) of view C, draw the neckline and the casing of view A.

FRONT FACING LENGTH, NECKLINE AND CENTER FRONT

On the front facing piece (4) of view C : draw the neckline and center front of view A.

FRONT BUTTON PLACKET

Lengthen the front button placket piece (21) of view A to match the length of the new front piece.

ZIPPER PLACKET LENGTH

Lengthen the zipper placket piece (18) of view A to match the length of the new front piece.

Aviator style jacket

pauline alice - sewing patterns - YouTube

You’ll need the following pieces to make this version :

  • 1  FRONT B*+ C*
  • 2  BACK B*+ C*
  • 3  SLEEVE C
  • 4  FRONT FACING B*+ C*
  • 5  BACK FACING C
  • 6  SLEEVE FACING C
  • 7  FRONT LINING B
  • 8  BACK LINING B
  • 9  SLEEVE LINING B
  • 10  SIDE HOOD C
  • 11  BACK HOOD C
  • 12  SIDE HOOD LINING C
  • 13  BACK HOOD LINING C
  • 14  FRONT HOOD FACING C
  • 15 BACK HOOD FACING C
  • 18  STORM SHIELD C
  • 32 GUN FLAP C
  • 33 COLLAR C
  • 34 UNDER COLLAR C
  • 35 COLLAR STAND C
  • 36 WELT C
  • 37 POCKET FACING C
  • 38 POCKET LINING C

*Pieces we will modify

    FRONT LENGTH, NECKLINE AND POCKETS

On the front piece of view B : draw the neckline of view C.

On the front piece of view B : draw the welt pocket placement at waist level.

BACK LENGTH AND NECKLINE

On the back piece of view B : draw the neckline of view C.

FRONT FACING LENGTH AND NECKLINE

On the front facing piece of view B : draw the neckline of view C.

ZIPPER GUARD

Shorten the zipper guard of view B to match the center front of the new front piece.

Have fun and create your dream jacket thanks to the free downloadable template here!
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Pauline Alice by Pauline Alice - 3M ago

Like we usually do, we made a selection of fabrics that would be perfect for our Serra jacket pattern.

We chose fabrics specific for each view’s style but feel free to mix and match. Overall, we recommand using a medium weigh fabric (between 100 and 250 gr/m2 is great). For the lining, classic anti-static lining is perfect, but if you prefer a printed cotton or quilted lining, it would be great for a winter version.

VIEW A

1/ Cotton wax Millerain – col. Aubergine – Guthrie & Ghani

2/ Coated fabric – col. Ocre – Atelier de la création

3/ Wax pur cotton – col. Dark kaki – Stragier

Sources images A: Hunterboots / Petit Bateau / Parka London / Cos / Vogue 

VIEW B

1/ Cordura Light – col. Black – Telas activas

2/ Coated cotton – col. Blue – Stragier

3/ Softshell – col. Navy blue – Rascol

Sources images B: Massimo DuttiRomwe / Vogue

VIEW C

1/ Prince of Wales wool – col. Beige/black/red – The Sweet Mercerie

2/ Coated canvas – leaves print – Tissustory

3/ Gabardine – col. Sand – Cousette

Sources images C:  Death by Elocution / Zara / Man Repeller / Soeur / Burberry

– We hope that will inspire you to make a Serra Jacket! You want to make the pattern? Shop it here: Serra Jacket. –
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Pauline Alice by Pauline Alice - 4M ago

Serra is an unstructured, unisex jacket with raglan sleeves, fully lined. There are 3 views for 3 different styles and uses: a parka jacket for View A, an athletic blouson for View B and a trench coat for View C.  

VIEW A 

View A of the Serra jacket is a mid-thigh length jacket inspired by the Pauline Alice Mini coat and the traditionnal breton raincoat. It has been designed for the rainy and stormy days along the breton coast (my homeland). You’ll find all the details of the original Mini coat: a parka/raincoat shape with storm shield and double pockets with flaps and snap buttons. We’ve also added a stand-up collar, a drawstring casing for those of you who want some waist definition and a detachable hood. The jacket hits below your bottom and is closed by a zipper and two button plackets with snap buttons. 

You can choose a lot of different fabrics for your Serra jacket. To keep the raincoat vibe, choose a coated or wax coton gabardine, perfect to protect you from the wind, in light to medium weight (between 150 and 300 gr/m2).  

Fabric : Trench dry oilskin – beige – Merchant & Mills.

VIEW B 

View B is a short blouson jacket with hood. With athletic aesthetic, it’s great for outdoor adventures like a walk in the mountains. It has a front zipper from the hood to the elasticized hem. We have added zipped pockets: one on the bust and two on the front, large enough to hold all your everyday belongings (keys, money and phone).  

View B would look great with a technical fabric such as cordura® light or cordura® ripstop, or any light to medium weight fabric (between 135 et 200 g/m2). Here, we have used a lightweigh coton canvas.  

Fabric : Imper coton toilé – uni, forêt (this color is out of stock)- Stragier.

VIEW C 

For View C, we’ve been thinking about the iconic trench coat. Designed to be worn everyday in the city (or on the countryside if you prefer!), it’s a knee-length jacket with storm shield and gun flap, two big buttoned welt pockets and an interior pocket. Its classic collar has buttons on the collar stand to attach the removable hood. You’ll also find button bands on the sleeves. The jacket is closed by five front buttons and can be belted. 

Fabric wise, there’s so much to choose from! How about a classic gabardine, coated canvas or woolen?  

Fabric : houndstooth wool (out of stock – similar) – écru, brun, kaki – The Sweet Mercerie. 

We have designed the three Serra versions to offer a versatile jacket pattern, that you can adapt to your daily life and your personal style easily. All the details can be removed and added to all three versions so you can create an unique jacket. We have prepared a post on the subject to explain how to adapt the pattern.  

– You can find the SERRA jacket pattern in printed copy or PDF (A4 print-at-home and A0 copyshop included) in the shop. –

The post ZOOM IN: THE SERRA JACKET appeared first on Pauline Alice.

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Pauline Alice by Pauline Alice - 4M ago

Here is our new pattern, the Serra jacket. Does it ring a bell with its double pockets? It’s an adult version of our kid’s coat, designed for our first Mini collection last February. Many of you asked for an adult version of the jacket, so we made it! We have taken the shape and details of the Mini coat to develop the first “version” of Serra (view A): an unstructured, unisex jacket – we wanted it to be perfect for you and your man as well! – raglan sleeves, fully lined, with all the Mini coat details… But we didn’t stop there! We’ve been talking about making new patterns with multiple possibilities for a while, like the Aldaia dress you love so much (all the variations have make it our best-seller!).

The Serra jacket was the perfect example to try the multi-purpose versions: with its simple shape, we have worked on different lengths and details to propose a 3-in-1 pattern. Three views for three different styles and uses. We are delighted to show you the result of long months of work!

Serra jacket, view A

A mid-thigh jacket inspired by the Pauline Alice Mini coat and the traditionnal breton raincoat.

Serra jacket, view B

A short jacket with hood, athletic style.

Serra jacket, view C

A knee-length jacket with trench coat details.

More than three versions of the same pattern, these are three unique jackets designed from the same base with lots of possibilities. In the next post, we’ll talk more about the details of each view. In the meanwhile, I hope you’ll like the Serra jacket pattern (or at least one of the view!). My favourite is the athletic View B whereas Lucile is in love with the city version of View C. What about you? We are curious, let us know which one is your favourite!

– You can find the Serra Jacket pattern in printed copy or PDF (A4 print-at-home and A0 copyshop included) on the shop. –

Technical details

  • Difficulty: The Serra jacket pattern is designed for an advanced seamstress. Some details like the welt pockets or collar Pauline Alice Sewing Pattercan be a difficult for a beginner. But if you want to tackle this project, we’ve made some photo and video tutorials to guide you through the construction of the most complex steps.
  • Size chart: For Serra, we’ve worked with a different size chart than usual. The pattern was graded using a half-size scale from XS (34-36) to XXL (50-52) to get the ease and fit we wanted for a unisex jacket. Even if you are accustomed to our patterns, we recommand you to make a muslin, even a partial one, to choose the best fit. I’m wearing the jacket in XS in the pictures (for my usual 36).
  • Pattern and instructions: The Serra jacket pattern includes an instructions booklet in french and spanish. Each view has its own step-by-step illustrated instructions. Besides, there are seven pattern sheets (yes, seven!). Because of the number and size of the pattern pieces, you’ll find that some of the smaller pieces are included inside a bigger one, so you won’t be able to cut diretly into your pattern.

The post NEW PATTERN: THE SERRA JACKET appeared first on Pauline Alice.

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There you go… another year has gone by! So fast I didn’t see it coming! I’ve been busy last year but I can’t say it was work related (baby and work definitely don’t go together). So in order to enter 2019 with the right foot, here are some personal and professional goals:

PRO

Find my work routine again, but no pressure. Last year, I can’t say I’ve worked a lot and Lucile had been doing all the heavy lifting alone. I’ve felt guilty over not working as much as before or as much as I would have liked but at the same time, I’m so happy I was able to see Mael growing during his first year. So now that he’s a little bit older, I’m quite happy with our new routine : work during the morning when he’s at kindergarden and spend the evening with him.

Take our time to pause and design new patterns. We are working on a new release calendar and changing to season collections (Spring/summer and Fall/winter). Before, we were releasing patterns without following the seasons very much but with design and printing delays, it was starting to get complicated. So we have been working on our organization to get everything more fluid. We have one pattern at the printer right now (release date is coming soooon!!!) and then we’ll take a break to prepare carefully and peacefully Fall/winter (but don’t worry, we’ll prepare a surprise for Spring).

Organize events to meet you. One of our best time of the year is when we go to Fairs. Not for economic reasons (flying from Spain to France and sending all our stock is not cheap!) but for human reasons. We work on our computers all day so it’s always a treat to meet you in real life. And we love when you tell us that it’s your tenth Aldaia dress, or that as a beginner, you were able to sew Lliria thanks to the video tutorial. And we also love when you tell us that we could add this or that, change a detail or instructions. We hope to see you more this year: let’s organize some workshop in Spain or in France.

PERSONAL

Sew for myself. Last year, I sew almost nothing. Apart from the patterns tests, I’ve only made a Mini overall for Mael, 3 Cordoba sets from Ikatee for Mael and his cousins. Nothing for me. Oups, I forgot, I’ve made a dress for myself, a variation of the Lilas dress from my book “Robes”. So this year, no pressure but I want to make a few things. Since being a mum, my style has changed quite a lot. I don’t wear as much dresses as before, I’m more comfortable in trousers and tops (anything that buttons or opens easily as I’m still breastfeeding – 15 months going strong!) I want to try the Make Nine challenge but I’m already changing it to a more realistic Make Six. I’ll let you know all the projects later, but I’m already super excited about that.

Spend time with my family. That’s my priority this year ! Maybe my work will be slower, mails won’t be answered during the week-end and the Instagram account won’t be very active but that’s ok. Let’s spend quality time with our loved ones.

And I would like to add to these lines : I wish you all a very happy new year ! I hope 2019 will bring you joy, health, sewing… and knitting, some crazyness, adventures, laughs, warmth (or cold depending), and above all… lots of love!

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Pauline Alice by Pauline Alice - 6M ago

We just released a Pauline Alice gift card. You’ve been asking for one for some time now and what better moment to release it than Christmas?

If you want a gift for your sewist relative, being already a customer or a beginner, that’s the perfect gift! If you want to offer a Pauline Alice pattern but are not sure which one to choose, the gift card is for you!

To buy a gift card, nothing easier: select the desired amount and the sending method. You can either print it at home or send it to whoever you want.

Don’t wait to offer our gift card, it’s already available on the shop!

More about the gift card…

The gift card is valid on the entire online store www.paulinealicepatterns.com for one year from the date of issue and for a purchase amount greater than or equal to its value. It is valid on all sewing patterns in paper format and PDF at the rate in
effect when used, including for promotional items. The gift card can not be sold, returned or exchanged. It can not be refunded for any reason including loss, theft, damage, exceeding the validity date or destruction. It can not be used for purchases at our resellers. The difference in value of the gift voucher is not returned if the amount of the purchase is less than this one.

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