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Paola Plus

Added Nov 23, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The Paola wrap dress is fit for many occasions: the office, Holiday parties or Sunday brunch- and looks lovely in this gorgeous feather print gabardine.

Material Notes

Feather print gabardine, self-made piping, fabric-covered buttons, snaps




Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Preppy
Cotton, Blends, Silk, Wool



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    Mar 15, 2012, 08.59 PMby dinuska

    Very, very nice! :)

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    Mar 14, 2012, 02.28 AMby stitchikles

    Wow, a wrap dress my curves might actually be able to wear!! I really like the structure this gets from the garberdine – so many wrap dresses are in flowy clingy fabrics that just don’t suit me. Not sure if I could wear feathers but this would definitely look good in a print.

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    Mar 13, 2012, 05.01 PMby Cheryl Scott

    Endless possibilities! Dress, Jacket, Coat. . .love it! (I agree that the fabric isn’t my favorite :)

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    Dec 27, 2009, 03.08 AMby diha

    its very elegnt and i love the feathery faBRIC weel done

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    Dec 1, 2009, 12.51 AMby thrums

    I’d like to see this on a plus size model(s).

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      Mar 16, 2012, 11.30 PMby blueartisan

      I agree, there is no was she is plus size!

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    Nov 30, 2009, 01.36 PMby barbaraagatha

    I think the dress is lovely. Only one problem: in the plus size it looks a little boxy on the top/shoulders. It didn’t seem to have the same issue in the smaller size. How come? Maybe it’s just the different fabric (the orange silk was better suited, I think).

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    Nov 28, 2009, 09.01 PMby nuiwida23

    Absolutely fabulous! The fabric print is gorgeous, and that chain necklace goes with it perfectly.

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    Nov 28, 2009, 08.29 PMby melanee

    I really like this style. I think the color and print of the material gives it a soft feminine look. After seeing it here, I would like to make it, from one of my older Burda magazines.

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    Nov 26, 2009, 12.35 PMby judygafl36

    I am a size 16 in pants and a 14 on the top; how does this compare to the sizing for this pattern?

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    Nov 25, 2009, 03.05 PMby fergilan

    I agree with many of the other members who say we need more size UK22+ patterns thanks for this one it looks great – not keen on the fabric it detracts from the lovely styling

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      Mar 17, 2010, 07.23 PMby cowlady1990

      I agree. I think this would look stunning in Black, or even a sunshine yellow, or bright lipstick red. Anything vibrant and solid, to show off the beautiful lines.

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    Nov 24, 2009, 10.02 PMby chrisjalys

    I love this style, it may be a little ‘old fashioned’ but it has shape and a flattering one at that! I’m not so sure about the fabric though. I am confused by the sizes – I am an English size 26 – what is that on your size chart?

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    Nov 24, 2009, 09.20 PMby sade-

    Thanks for making the plus sized pattern.

    I still don’t get why the 4X sizes are considered plus, when so many women are actually in that range. I’d love to see the plus patterns modeled in sizes 50 and above!

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      Nov 24, 2009, 09.27 PMby chesswidow

      Being that I am a size 50, I agree with you. I’m also a little shorter so just seeing this on another size 48, 50 & up would be helpful.

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    Nov 24, 2009, 06.32 PMby juliezee

    I love the fabric. Where did you get it?

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    Nov 24, 2009, 05.33 PMby alden

    Thanks Everyone! I love this dress and have borrowed it from the office on many an occasion!

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    Nov 24, 2009, 12.33 PMby nenasew

    I think this is such a nice pattern. Looks so figure flattering for many figure issues. Love, love the fabric. Alden looks fantastic. Thanks Burdastyle.

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    Nov 24, 2009, 11.13 AMby anajan

    I loved the first Paola dress, but I love the plus size version even more. Alden you look terrific! And, I actually like your fabric choice :)

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    Nov 24, 2009, 07.33 AMby irmchen

    That’s too bad – I would start with the Paola this weekend but I am a 42… may be an other time!?

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    Nov 24, 2009, 02.31 AMby camilaustral

    noooo!!! by old lady i mean like…. 80 year old granny “stereotype”…

    i would never think of you as “old ladies”!!!

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    Nov 24, 2009, 02.19 AMby ed2122

    I am SO happy you guys came out with a plus version! I loved the original pattern and was so sad it wasn’t in my size (or one close enough to grade up). I can’t wait to make this now!

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    Nov 23, 2009, 10.55 PMby nehmah

    Watch that “old lady” stuff, or I shall have to hobble out into the world and smack you smart aleck youngsters smartly with my cane! ;-( Thank you for an attractive style. I didn’t care for this in the original photos/reg sizes. However, this looks great. As for the fabric, I do like that. In the 70s my favorite prints were cottons from France; all were black & grey on a white or cream background. Cordially, Nehmah

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    Nov 23, 2009, 10.43 PMby wzrdreams

    No size 42? Disappointment, party of 4? :(

    Alden, you are so beautfiul. I wish we could all be so photogenic.

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    Nov 23, 2009, 10.18 PMby susanne2011

    Wooohooo, I can post comments again! WOOT WOOT!

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    Nov 23, 2009, 10.17 PMby susanne2011

    Awesome! Alden, you look so sophisticated!

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    Nov 23, 2009, 09.12 PMby kosmika

    No size 42? really? :( i was waiting for the plus version just to get my size without grading (in which i’m not good at all) please… make us 42ers happy! :(

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    Nov 23, 2009, 09.10 PMby strickmeise

    oh, I waited for that plus pattern, I love it. I wanted to alter the smaller pattern but the difference between 40 and 44 is too big. The fabric isn’t my favorite either (although I am somewhat like an old lady) ;) but I think I’ll find the right one.

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    Nov 23, 2009, 08.59 PMby annevinkel

    So we can’t have it in a size 42 :-(

    Which is easier, grading down from the 44 or up from the 40?

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      Nov 23, 2009, 09.14 PMby ncn6

      I was thinking the same thing :) I think it depends on your shape and what your fit issues are… I used to go for the larger size, but now I prefer to get a smaller size and do a FBA (since I am a short and busty person!). Especially with a neckline like this, the 44 would probably be pretty big shoulder wise on me (although the neckline does look somewhat higher on the plus version?). Even though I will probably end up getting the “regular” size of this, I just want to say that I LOVE seeing Alden model the plus patterns! It totally inspires me to see someone with cleavage in these designs… <3 from upstate NY, Alden!

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    Nov 23, 2009, 08.19 PMby ncn6

    Thanks for a cute plus pattern! I can see this as a great suit dress for work in a wool or something. Quick question about the sizes, though: It looks like the original pattern only goes up to a 40, but this one starts at a 46? Is that a misprint, or is there really no 42/44?

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      Nov 23, 2009, 08.24 PMby alisondahl

      Yes, that was a misprint thank you, this pattern starts at size 44.

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    Nov 23, 2009, 08.10 PMby camilaustral

    looks nice, but the fabric isn’t my favorite, looks a little like a curtain… or an old lady dress

    but i think it’s a great shape for plus girls ;)

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