When I first started blogging my sews, I use to rave about vintage patterns – how much I loved their look and how much I enjoyed sewing them, so I’m super excited to share with you my latest pattern test, The Clarissa Dress by MCM Studio Designs.
“The Clarissa Dress is a sweet, empire waist dress inspired by centuries old French sewing design. It has a lovely pleated front bodice, and button closure in the back. The sleeves can be made in either short or long length and are accented by a pretty little ruffle and ranges from a size 2T to 10yrs – cited from MCM Studio Designs website.
When I get an instant vision for a pattern, I know its a winner, and I did with this one. I wanted it to be soft and sweet enough to show off the delicate pleated front and sleeve trims so I decided to use a solid color for the entire dress and used Confection from Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture collection. I wanted to add just a little more detail so I rummaged through my trim stash to see if I could find something that worked….but I found nothing to match the vision I had in my head. *womp womp womp* I was about to give up when I came across a small piece of lingerie lace and I thought to myself, I could make this work! So I did a little surgery…lol
I think it complimented the dress nicely right? (sidenote: My absolute favorite part of this dress is the pleated front!)
We had a little trouble with this photo shot because the weather was so funky. It would rain, then it would stop and then it would just start raining again! We kept dodging the rain, so the dress got a little wrinkled, but we managed to catch a little break and quickly tried to get some shots in.
She’s telling me “MOM it’s raining!” and sure enough it started raining AGAIN! We had to run inside so I have no good back shots of the dress, but here is a shot of the back I took when we did the fit test during testing.
It really is the sweetest dress, and it was such an enjoyable sew for me, but what makes it a winner is that Abigail absolutely loves the sleeves, (of all things! haha) she calls them princess sleeves.
The pattern is now on sale for of $5.00 USD which is half off the regular price (for now until May 21st), so if you’re an adventurous beginner, or you have knowledge and experience in Pleating, Gathering, Understitching and creating Button Holes (or you can use snaps like I did) then I strongly suggest getting this pattern. Even if you don’t have knowledge of some of these things, the illustrations and instructions are very clear and concise, it’ll be fun to learn something new right? I personally love patterns that challenge me to try something new, and that allow me learn new sewing skills, with 50% off this is a no brainer! Go get it, you can find it HERE.
Also feel free to join MCM Studio Designs Facebook Group to see more renditions of this dress.
And thats it for today guys, thank you so much for stopping by! I’ll talk to you soon! xoxox
P.S. Oh! In case you missed my big announcement on IG and FB , be sure to look out for the newest issue of One Thimble Sewing Magazine (out May 13th!) After my Upcycled Playproof Dungaree Post, I was contacted by the editor of the magazine to do an article about Upcycling for this issue – and of course I did not hesitate to say YES!! I have a FOUR page spread sharing my best UPCYCLING TIPS & TRICKS complete with pictures and actionable to dos! With 25 other sewing articles and 12 PDF patterns it’s going to be an amazing issue! Don’t miss it!
2 thoughts on “PDF Pattern Testing: The Clarissa Dress”
Thanks so much for sewing this up. It is absolutely stunning! I appreciate your help so very much. 🙂
Thank you for yet another timeless and lovely pattern Linda! It was my pleasure!