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The Clara is one of our most beloved patterns and it's easy to see why!  The curved bodice detail and the sweet ruffles look lovely every time we sew one.  Since the initial release of the Clara Top and Bloomers we've been asked many times how to adapt the top to dress length and how to eliminate the bodice curve in order to give Clara a slightly different, but still timeless look.  We decided to give Clara a little refresh in time for spring and include those two options!  The Clara pattern now includes options for it to be sewn as a top or dress with either a curved or straight bodice!  You can pick up your copy (here).

Straight bodice Clara dress

Clara with straight bodice dress length

This is still the same much loved Clara pattern, just with two additional features that we hope inspire you to create and sew and share your works of art with us!

Clara sister set

Clara sister set back view

The refreshed Clara is available in sizes 2T-10, perfect for coordinating sister outfits.  If you're like us, by mid-January you're tired of this dull, dreary, cold winter weather and longing for some brighter and warmer days!  Nothing cheers us up faster than sewing with some beautiful floral fabrics.

The straight bodice on the updated Clara gives you a little more room to showcase a lovely fabric or a beautiful trim like this lace used here.

Clara detail view

Clara straight bodice detail

The embroidery detail on this bodice is breathtaking!

Embroidery detail on Clara bodice

The curved bodice is fun and different and creates a natural and subtle hi-low hem for your skirt.

curved bodice clara detail

Clara subtle hi low hem

This dress is pure magic!  What little girl wouldn't love to wear something this beautiful and  special?!

Hi-low clara

The Clara still features the back placket for ease of dressing, the tutorial effortlessly guides you through construction, and before you know it you'll be sewing plackets like a pro.

Clara back view

Clara back view 2

This next Clara has an extra wide bodice ruffle, it's such a fun and easy change that gives the pattern a subtly different look and feel!

Clara with wide ruffle

Clara wide ruffle back view

The addition of a ruffle on the skirt of the Clara is such a cute and fun idea!

Clara with ruffle

And, if you've been following our blog or Facebook group you'll see that this week we also released a Sleeve Basics pack.  Clara is the perfect base for adding sleeves!  Being able to add sleeves to your Clara gives the pattern greater versatility for wearing year round.  The Sleeve Basics pattern and tutorial includes 5 sleeve options that can be added to Clara (or some of our other patterns)

Isn't Clara just amazing with cap sleeves?

Clara with cap sleeves

Detail view of Clara cap sleeve

Add a flutter sleeve to your tunic length Clara and you have a perfect summer time ensemble!

Flutter sleeve Clara tunic

Now, by simply adding the 3/4 length sleeve or the long sleeve from the {Sleeve Basics} Pattern you can sew Clara's all year long!  Keep the bodice ruffles for an extra feminine and sweet look...

Clara with bodice ruffle and sleeve

Omit the bodice ruffle and let your fabric (and adorable little model!) shine!

Clara with sleeves

Or be super creative and combine the flutter sleeve with one of the longer sleeve options like this stunning version of Clara!

Clara with flutter and long sleeve

We hope you're as inspired by all these beautiful creations as much as we are!  As always we want to thank our testers for sharing their time and creativity with us!

Clara will be on sale for $5 now through Sunday, January 15, 2017 at midnight.  You can purchase it (here) don't forget to pick up your copy before the sale ends!  Happy sewing!!!






January 13, 2017 by Crystal Thoreson