Romantic Pauline in embroidered crepe

A review of Closet Core Patterns Pauline Dress

Reviewed by Belle Citadel on 26th August, 2021

This was definitely the fanciest thing I’ve made in a while! I tested the 16 D cup version for Closet Core Patterns and decided to make mine from a lovely black embroidered crepe. It was a touch see-through, so I added the lining option (in instructions) and the shorter of the two sleeve lengths – around elbow length. The pattern comes in a B cup US 0-20 and a D cup range from US 14-30.

I have made a few of the Closet Core Patterns extended range patterns and find them a really good fit for my shape – the only exception being that the apex was too high for my bust. This is not an unusual occurrence and I adjusted the dart, which is integrated into the shoulder strap, to accommodate. I also added an inch to the length of the bodice, but that is likely just a “me” adjustment as I’m quite long-bodied.

The instructions are super as always and I believe they’re going to put up a sewalong on their website. This is probably an intermediate pattern, which is more what they’re known for, but a confident beginner could certainly get good results. I really love the waist shaping, the gorgeous keyhole back and – YES – it even has pockets! A great dress and bang on trend!

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