Welcome to the Sew Liberated Clara Dress sew along! The dress is a lovely shirtwaist style dress with a keyhole sleeve detail. The skirt is comfortable and easy to wear, as it has an elastic waist and side seam pockets.
The dress can be made in a mid to lightweight fabric. The first dress I made, and the one pictured here, and in the Sew News April/May 2014 issue, is cotton with a small amount of stretch.
When you open the pattern, you will find that the lines for each size are all solid lines and that the sizes have only been marked in one corner.
I did this by placing a small dot along the line that I wanted to cut. Initially I had thought that I wouldn’t have a problem cutting the correct line, but it didn’t take long before I was cutting on the wrong line! So, please take the time to mark the line that you will be cutting.
Before cutting your pattern, be sure to check the length of the bodice. I am a little long waisted and I saw that adding ½” to the length of my bodice would give me a comfortable fit. I also added 3” to the length of my skirt. I am 5’6” tall, and you can see in the picture below that with the added length, the skirt comes to mid knee on me.
The rest of the pattern is quite easy to follow.
For the sew-along, I will be adding a lining to my skirt and a few design details that I did not add in the videos. I will not be changing the pattern, just adding some details that you might enjoy. So be sure to check the blog posts as well as the videos throughout the sew-along.
Be sure to check out my video portion for each week of the Clara Dress Sew-Along for added tips and touches.
Don’t forget there is a Flickr group for the sew along too and I would love to see your fabric choices as well as your progress, so please post pictures!! You can find the Flickr group here, at the Clara Dress Sew-Along. If you have any questions, be sure to post those and we’ll do our best to help.
Thanks so much for joining along! I think that like me, the Clara Dress will become one of your favorites!