Pattern Inspiration: Pascale Through the Years

One of the most popular patterns we ever published in Sew Beautiful was Laura Jenkins Thompson’s beautiful Pascale. This charming little French dress first graced the January 2002 edition (issue #80); that was the issue photographed at Chateau du Plessis-Fortia in the Loire Valley in France. Laura designed the capped sleeve dress exclusively for our French theme, inspired by a dress she had once seen in a Paris boutique window.

The first printing of the dress included sizes 3-7. Later, in issue #84, we offered it in sizes 8-14. The pattern was so popular that both of those issues sold out. In the years since, we’ve used Pascale dozens of different ways. In fact, this one simple, classic pattern offers 64 dress options when you factor in the different necklines, sleeve and bodice choices. We officially added the design to the Sew Beautiful Pattern Collection in 2012.

Now, we are thrilled to introduce Pascale for the first time as a digital pattern. In celebration, let’s take a look back at some of the gorgeous variations we’ve made of this dress over the years:


First Pascale (left) and Alice Blue Gown

First Pascale: Laura Jenkins Thompson’s original Pascale dress from #80 was created in “Leonardo Lavender” gingham silk dupioni and smocked with her plate “Le Ballon.”

Alice Blue Gown: Kathy Barnard made this version for the Sept/Oct ’07 issue of Sew Beautiful (#114). A smocking plate designed by Cheryl Davidson combines beautifully with the silk dupioni and embroidered French ribbon.


Heirloom Pascale (left) and Tilda Print Pascale

Heirloom Pascale: In our March/April ’12 issue of Sew Beautiful (#141), Kathy Dykstra created two versions of Pascale: an heirloom version and a more modern version. This Nelona Swiss batiste heirloom version couldn’t be sweeter. It has an updated look with set-in capped sleeves, but is still very heirloom with elegant geometric smocking, a lace yoke overlay, lace sleeves and a lace scalloped hem.

Tilda Print Pascale: Kathy Dykstra’s modern Pascale version from that issue is darling as well! The sleeveless design is shown here in pretty Tilda prints and appliquéd with Tilda brand ribbon and spaghetti bias. Let it offer you some ideas for your own version of Pascale using a combination of fabric prints and interesting trims.


Blue Velvet Pascale (left) and Princess Margaret Rose

Blue Velvet Pascale: Connie Palmer made this puffed sleeve blue velvet version of Pascale accented with cream silk charmeuse piping and bias binding. The wide ribbon sash is drawn into stitched bows with fine ribbon tendrils. The machine embroidery on the yoke was created using Martha Pullen Creative Monogram Software. Instructions for creating the sash are included in the Dec. ’13/Jan. ’14 issue of Sew Beautiful (#151).

Princess Margaret Rose: Janet Gilbert turned Pascale into a nearly identical version of a portrait dress worn in 1934 by a 2-year-old Princess Margaret. The pattern for this organdy version, with its double-scalloped hem, is included in Sewing for a Royal Baby.

We’re so excited to now have this timeless Pascale pattern available as a digital download for the first time. Digital patterns allow you to print and reprint countless times, so you can make as many versions as you’d like. It is available in sizes 3-7 or 8-14. Use coupon code 25MOTHER to save 25 percent off your order through Sunday, May 8!

Some of you have asked if you can still sign up for Serger, Serger! Online Licensing. Yes, absolutely! We’d love to have you join us. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything. Since the course is online, you can watch the lessons all on your own schedule.

We released a beautiful collection of wedding machine embroidery designs this week to our 2016 Internet Embroidery Club members. They are perfect for creating special gifts!

We pray for the men and women serving our nation in harm’s way, and for all of you. And happy Mother’s Day tomorrow all of you mothers – I hope you have a blessed day.

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin


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