Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Romero by Pauline Alice

There are so many amazing clothes I see many sewists create using African wax prints. I bought a few pieces when I visited the LA fabric district a few years ago. Since then I’ve dabbled on a few projects to see how I can incorporate these prints into clothes for my size and shape. I did buy one piece in NY during the same visit.
So far I’ve used these fabrics for a top, a dress or two and more recently a skirt.
This time I’ve used this fabric for the latest pants pattern by Pauline Alice patterns.
When I’ve bought African wax prints they come in 6 yard lengths. 6 yards is just under 5.5 metres. That’s a lot of fabric for me to use as I tend to make fitted clothes.
With this print, I made a top using New Look 6000.
I’ve worn this top quite a bit because it's so striking.
Without getting too caught up in the print, this fabric works really well using the Romero pants pattern.
The pattern requires lots of big buttons and again I’ve used buttons from my stash.
The pant leg width is fairly wide for my size but they’re not overly wide.

That’s the beauty of Pauline’s designs. She understands what works for her size and that’s fairly similar to what works for me too. Everyone’s pattern base is different and that’s something I’ve very thankful for.

While I thought this outfit would be very loud, I love how it’s cohesive and doesn’t quite swallow me.
The fun part about this pattern is that when my waist increases or decreases, I’ll simply resew the buttons to fit.
Technically, I’ve done a sway back adjustment and lowered the centre back seam so that it follows my curves. I’ve also lowered the centre front seam because that works for me.
I’ve left the pockets as they were designed. They work just fine.
PS: I only need to undo 3 buttons on these trouser when I dress myself.

I have pattern tested for Pauline Alice patterns from time to time and I've enjoyed her designs and the effort she puts into her instructions.

You have to see what Pauline has just launched on her Instagram and website.

Cheers for now.
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