Thursday, April 08, 2010

A Wool Dress for Clara: Vintage Simplicity 3446


Made up in a lightweight charcoal wool with a beautiful hand, this one will be useful for years. It drapes perfectly on her and is just the ticket for concerts or dressy church.

19 comments:

Laura said...

Not to mention
a gorgeous backdrop for a cello
as well.

{{* *}}

Carol said...

Beautiful, Anna! Clara looks stunning in this dress, well done.

Bella looks so beautiful in her dress as well. Two lovely dresses for two lovely young ladies, very nice indeed. ;)

Carol

Mrs.Rabe said...

Lovely, Anna! And so is Clara!

Gillian said...

A perfectly lovely dress! And Clara is growing into a lovely young woman as well.

Hana - Marmota said...

Beautiful. I should keep this in mind for when I want a similar kind of dress...
It's the same pattern as Bella's dress, right?

Tracy said...

I'm loving that pattern! It looks beautiful on Clara.

Rose said...

Classic and elegant, shades of Audrey Hepburn.

Shelley said...

What a great dress for Clara! It looks really grown up and she looks wonderful in it. She may have found her real style in this.

Katie said...

Very elegant and classy ~ love it! I'm so inspired by the feminine, modest, and beautiful dresses you sew ~ great job!

Beth said...

That pattern is just so graceful and elegant without being fussy-- I love it! And I'll confess to fabric envy...

Eva Girl said...

It's beautiful, elegant, lovely....so pretty!!!

Trudy Callan said...

What a beautifully elegant dress.

walkmom said...

Beautiful dress. I notice that the pattern is a size 18. Would you mind telling what size in today's sizes Clara is? I have tons of vintage patterns that were my mother's and my aunt's, but I have a difficult time deciding how the sizes translate--the measurements aren't always "right".

Thanks

Erin said...

Lovely. I simply adore charcoal gray.

Anonymous said...

Clara and Bella must look like sisters from a catalogue page in these dresses!
Any chance we'll get to hear more about Clara's homeschooling project for the year? It sounded so interesting!

Anna said...

I don't actually own this pattern in an 18, mine is a 12. I ignore the number and go by the measurements which are always listed on the outside of the pattern. Vintage patterns, in my experience, run very true to bust, waist, and hip measure. In other words, if you choose the size that matches your measurements, the garment will have just the right amount of ease for you.

Sizes changed from decade to decade.

To fit this patterns for my girls, I added an inch of bodice length for Clara. For Bella, I took out an inch of length in the bodice, and I added half an inch to each shoulder.

Holly said...

She's the lucky kind of girl who can wear anything and look great...the perfect model figure. Lovely dress.

Carrie said...

What a beautiful dress... so elegant and classic.

Sheena said...

I love it! Do you know where i can get that pattern from??

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