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Robe Xerea – Pauline Alice

Hello everyone! I’m happy to write a new post with a sewing project to show you! This time, it is about Pauline Alice’s newest pattern : the dress Xerea, that I had the chance to test last month. Please note that this is Version A of the pattern, and this is my test version. I didn’t have time to make a new one, and for this one, I wasn’t completely happy with the choice of my fabric. Keep this in mind!


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When we received her latest pattern, the Xerea dress was presented by Pauline as a very 60’s style pattern, with short sleeves, pockets on the sides and front and back yokes. I loved the design straight away and I could definitely imagine myself in it. When I had to chose the fabric, I didn’t have anything old to test it, so took the risk to go straight with a new fabric. I looked at Pauline’s recommendations on the instructions, and went for a chambray. I had seen this coloured chambray last year in the online shop Little Fabrics and really wanted to give it a go. I chose to use a plain red chambray with a striped chambray, like on the technical design.

Regarding the pattern, the instructions were very clear as always. I went for a size 36, but I could have done a size 34 in my opinion. I’m always between these two sizes on Pauline Alice charts measurements. I sewed the dress quite quickly, but I had trouble to understand the step 5, when you have to sew the side of the dress with the pockets. I wasn’t the only one apparently, and Pauline took our opinions in consideration, and added informations to this part.

I really like the V neck, that you can’t see on the pictures! Apparently I forgot about it when I did my hair this day and decided to leave them on my back, and my photograph didn’t see that detail, oups! As you’ve seen in my last projects, the V back is really something I’m into this year!

This pattern is made for a beginner lever, as it is quite a simple make. You need to sew pockets, sleeves, and a bias all around the neckline, sleeves and bottom hem. But honestly, if you follow the instructions, it’s easy!


When the dress was all made and that it was time to try it on, I was sure of one thing : I had to reduce the bottom hem! The pattern is made for a size 1m65, and I’m smaller than that let’s be honest. You should think about the length you want this dress to be before you cut the fabric as you could save some this way. It’s when I tried it on that I had a real doubt on the fabric….I really love chambray and especially this colour, but with the fit of the dress I’m not sure it’s the best mix. I compared my version to Pauline’s versions and it looks way nicer in a flexible fabric. On top of that, the dress was supposed, at the beginning, to have darts but they have been taken off by Pauline for the final version. However, for my morphology, I think the darts would have been better on me. I mentioned to Pauline that I really like the dress but I wasn’t sure of the fit on me.

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Then, Pauline added a second version of the dress! A version even more 60’s! With a V back and sleeveless. I didn’t have time to sew this one but I think it should fit me better.



I wanted to show you this version anyway as I just started to wear it, it’s very confortable especially with the insane humid weather we have lately!! Apparently there is a second pattern out today, the Sorell trousers!!!

Have a nice week and happy sewing!

Ps : Have you seen how green it is now!!!! A real pleasure! I really don’t miss montreal snow AT ALL!!!


Pattern : Robe Xerea, vue A, Pauline Alice

Size : 36

Fabric : Chambray Little Fabrics

Shoes : Campers


  • 10 June 2015

    Je t’avouerais que ce n’est pas mon modèle préféré, mais cette couleur te va bien. Tu dis que c’est rouge, mais à l’écran, je la vois plutôt corail. Une forme plus cintrée sera, je pense comme toi, plus seyante.

  • 10 June 2015

    Ta belle version me confirme qu’il va me falloir un tissu assez fluide! !

  • 10 June 2015

    I love the contrast panel at the top of your dress; it adds nice detail! I think the shape of this kind of dress (‘shift dress’?) is really hard for people with a waist and hips. Whenever I try on a dress like this, I think I look pregnant!

  • 10 June 2015

    je suis d’accord avec tes réflexions sur le choix du tissu, néanmoins cette robe est quand même bien jolie

  • 10 June 2015
  • 10 June 2015

    Bravo Anna comme toujours, J’aime tes créations!!! Je suis d’accord avec toi pour ce qui concerne le tissue. Peut-être un tissu plus fluide serait mieux, mais à motifs en style ’60.
    J’aime beaucoup cette robe mais aussi pour ma morphologie, je ne suis pas sûre de sa forme sur moi.

  • 11 June 2015

    Bonjour Anna,
    C’est sûr que cette forme de robe n’est peut être pas ce qui te va le mieux…ainsi que la couleur à la robe !
    Dans un tissu plus fluide effectivement ou “un jacquard” souligné de passepoil constrastants avec des pinces pour le coté vraiment 60’s !
    En tous cas bravo pour la réalisation, ce chambray est également très joli.
    PS : J’ai reçu mes tissus RK… !

  • 12 June 2015

    C’est vrai que ce n’est pas la robe la plus seyante que tu aies présenté, mais perso, je l’aime bien!
    En attendant de voir la prochaine qui sera encore mieux!

  • 15 June 2015

    Je la trouve bien jolie cette petite robe !!!
    @mitiés, Christine

  • 16 August 2015

    Toute jolie cette robe ! Je me demande si je ne vais pas craquer sur le patron…

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