Eliana: Beach and Autumn

While planning a few Autumn items, I made a last minute beach Eliana. Pauline Alice sent me her new pattern to try. I used a January sale rayon print from Pitt Trading to make this beach friendly version.

Test dress for fit.

I prefer dresses that allow me to wear support and since this summer version has exposed shoulder (gasp) I made a modest adjustment this version is henceforth known as the beach Eliana. When I’m on holidays at the beach I’ll wear my swimmers underneath and not fuss with the straps showing – C’est la vie.

It was this beach Eliana that forced me to make my convertible bra, so ‘it’s all good’…

Fluoro prints aren’t my first choice but this print is certainly a great play on LBD. 

The rayon fabric is soft and not see-through (yay). I should have bought more…

Pauline has added pockets that are sewn into the waistband so the pockets don’t drag the skirt down. The only change I made to the pockets was to shorten them by 5cm and I’ve used this pocket pattern for a future make.

Finished neckline view. This fabric and notions are courtesy of Pitt Trading.

I’ve also shortened the bodice by 2.5cm. The both versions are 38 bust, 40 waist, 38 hips. 

The Autumn version has shortened sleeves (8cm) and adjusted the sleeve dart for forward shoulders for the Autumn version.

Sleeve hem finish

After making the test version, this Autumn version was a much quicker make.

I spent a fair bit of time making the gathers on the neckline even. You can see the stitching and a bit of hand stitching to keep the gathers in place during sewing.

It’s nice having a warmer dress from the same pattern.


  1. The summer version is really cute especially as a beach cover up but my favourite is the autumn one. I really like the style and the fabric you have chosen.


  2. Both dresses are very cute and so different to each other. Of course I love both prints too, ah I did so enjoy my visit to Pitt Trading.


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