Pattern Spotlight: Pascale


Laura Jenkins Thompson’s “Pascale” pattern, available in sizes 3-7 and 8-14, is nothing short of a classic. First introduced in Sew Beautiful’s France Issue (#80), we have used the pattern in countless different designs over the last 12 years, which attests to its timeless style and staying power. The capped sleeve and boat neck give this dress its signature style, but the versatile pattern allows for a number of variations, including the option of a jewel neck, collar or no collar, puffed sleeves and a variety of smocked and non-smocked bodice designs. Below, take a look at six different ways this pattern can be used to make a holiday dress:


Scarlet Holiday (left) and Ribbon Sash

Scarlet Holiday – Helen Lively fashioned this “Pascale” version, a beautiful scarlet dupioni Christmas dress, with black detailing – a narrow silk skirt band, beaded smocking and piping at the neckline and sleeves. She also replaced the tied bow sash in the back with a narrow belt and bead carriers. Instructions for the beaded geometric smocking are featured in the November/December 2011 issue of Sew Beautiful (#139).

Ribbon Sash – Connie Palmer designed this gorgeous ice blue velvet version of “Pascale.” The wide ribbon sash, drawn into stitched bows with fine ribbon tendrils, lends a special design element to the yoke dress. The machine embroidery was created using Martha Pullen Creative Monogram Software. Instructions for creating the ribbon sash are included in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of Sew Beautiful (#151).


Diamants Noirs (left) and Poinsettia Flower Girl Dress

Diamants Noirs – Constructed by Sue Stewart and designed by Kathy Barnard, this version of the pattern is named “Diamants Noirs,” which is French for “black diamonds.” Black Swarovski crystals sparkle against black velvet ribbon diamonds on the almond silk dupioni dress. Instructions for recreating the peek-a-boo diamond windows are included in our November/December 2005 edition of Sew Beautiful (#103).

Poinsettia Flower Girl Dress – Jamie Lawler created this “Pascale” version as a flower girl dress for a holiday wedding. The dress is made in elegant ecru silk dupioni, and the scarlet silk dupioni sash adds color to the design and enhances the red in the silk ribbon poinsettia embroidery. Instructions for the silk ribbon poinsettia embroidery are included in the November/December 2010 issue of Sew Beautiful (#133).


Harvey Glidden’s Dress (left) and Holiday Enchantment

Harvey Glidden’s Dress – This white cotton velveteen dress is a reproduction of an antique garment from Martha Pullen’s The DAR Museum book. Designer Helen Lively used the boat neck style of the “Pascale” pattern and squared off the neck for an angled boat-neck shape. Instructions for the soutache shaping are in the November/December 2011 edition of Sew Beautiful (#139). Access dress construction notes here.

Holiday Enchantment – Smocked in a diamond and serpentine pattern in gold and traditional shades of red, this version of the dress by Cheryl Davidson is made in luxurious green silk dupioni. Instructions for the smocking design are included in the October/November 2013 edition of Sew Beautiful (#150).

Read more about the “Pascale” pattern, available in sizes 3-7 and sizes 8-14, in our online store. Be sure to also check out our selection of elegant silk dupioni and other specialty fabrics.

Have you ever sewn a dress with our “Pascale” pattern? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Happy Sewing,



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