Pattern Reviews

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Papercut Aalto Dress

24—November 2023

Read our review of the recently released Aalto Dress by Papercut Patterns!

Pattern Review — Papercut Aalto Dress
Nov 24 2023

We hope you enjoyed our interview with Papercut Patterns founder Katie here on the blog last week! To celebrate the new Slow Down collection, we've sewn up and tested the new Aalto Dress pattern. This versatile pattern can be made as a top or dress, with loads of variations, making it a must-try for summer! Read on for project details and photos, kindly modelled by Amy from our online team.

SQ Amy Aalto Dress Front
SQ Amy Aalto Dress Neckline Detail
SQ Amy Aalto Dress Back Looking To Side
Pattern Review

Papercut Patterns — Aalto Dress/Top in sizes NZ 6-20 and in sizes NZ 16-34

This intermediate level pattern from Papercut offers makers several simple variations, including a top or maxi dress with a square or twist neckline. We chose to try a full maxi with a square neckline and back ties, perfect for the beach, picnic or summer soirees. Our size 3 (NZ 10) dress, modelled by Amy, used 3m of this Stripe Cotton Canvas, plus a little interfacing and extra Soft Lightweight Cotton Shirting for pocketing and lining. This pattern was a very simple sew with the square neckline, and although Papercut have rated it Intermediate, we'd definitely recommend it for a confident beginner! As with all Papercut patterns, the instructions and diagrams were easy to follow and we made no alterations

You can purchase the Aalto Dress from Papercut's 'Slow Down' collection in stores and online here!

Love the full look? We made a matching Elbe Textiles Serpentine Hat with the same fabric (Woven Stripe Cotton Twill – Wedgewood) as the inner lining.

Hat Inside
SQ Amy Aalto Dress Front Laughing
SQ Sewing Aalto Dress
Fabric Suggestions

Stripe Cotton Canvas

Papercut recommend mid-weight woven fabric for the Aalto pattern, think cotton, rayon, linen and blends. This flexible striped cotton canvas fabric we used for our dress gave the silhouette a crisp structure and was super easy to sew. We'd love to try this pattern out in a soft linen or silk - check out a few summery options online below.

From top to bottom is Pineapple Embroidered Stripe Chambray - Blue, Tiny Diamond Print Stripe Chambray - Blue, Banana Flower Cotton Twill - Marmalade Mix, Chambray Twill Linen - Limoncello and Midweight Stripe Linen - Candy Cane

Fabrics Aalto Pineapple
SQ Amy Aalto Dress Front Spinning
SQ Amy Aalto Dress Pockets Detail
SQ Amy Aalto Dress Side Hands In Pockets
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SQ Amy Aalto Dress Back Close

We're loving the Aalto pattern in this beachy cotton, plus you can't go wrong with a matching hat! If you've been sewing the new Papercut collection using our fabrics, we're very keen to see. Share your makes with us over on Instagram and TikTok!

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