How to lengthen {Clara} into a dress

Sunday, Oct 18 - posted by Emily

Clara dress

Clara has become a much loved top pattern.  It's one of those patterns that is so lovely and classic, it works for all occasions and ages.  The sweet vintage flair with bodice ruffles and subtle high low hem is perfect for all little ladies.

Clara dress length

Over the past few months we have loved seeing all the different versions you have shared with us.  The creativity is amazing and the variations are all so lovely.  

Clara dress with Adelaide sleeves

There are always questions about patterns, and the most asked question about Clara is, "how do I make Clara into a dress?"  You asked and we are answering!  Today, we will give you all the information you need to turn your adorable Clara top into a lovely dress!

Clara with Adelaide  dress

Turning your Clara top into a knee length dress is actually very easy.  Cut out your pattern pieces as indicated in the pattern.  When it comes time to cut your skirt, use the measurements listed below in the table.


Clara dress length measurements

Once all your pieces are cut, follow the instructions per the pattern for sewing your garment.  Your finished product will be a beautiful knee length dress that will make everyone swoon. We also want to give a big THANK YOU to Blend Fabrics for sharing their beautiful fabric line: French Hen by Molly Hatch with us, it was absolute perfection for this project!

Adelaide and Clara PDF Dress Patterns

We adore Clara as a dress.  It really is just as lovely as the top!  The skirt has tons of twirl factor and is perfect for the recent change in weather.  Pair it with knee highs or tights, and you have a winning combination.

Adelaide Sleeves

Not only do we love Clara lengthened as a dress, but we adore it with sleeves!  Adding sleeves to Clara is another easy and fun modification!  And if you have been following our FB group, then you know our Clara+Adelaide Sew-A-Long starts tomorrow!  We cannot wait to get started!  

Clara + Adelaide pdf patterns

And to show you how excited we are, pick up any pattern in the "New Arrivals" section of our shop, including both Clara and Adelaide, for 30% off with code: A+Csewalong!  You can even get the Clara/Adelaide bundle for 30% too!!!  This sale will run through Friday, so get it while you can!  And don't forget to sew-a-long with us starting tomorrow!  Check the blog tomorrow for more details!

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