Cora — Half Sleeve Linen Dress Sewing Pattern (Free PDF)

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A great dress to wear. Comfortable and loose, yet elegant and charming. Wear this half sleeve dress on a warm day out or lounge at home in comfort. Sew this pattern and share your work below!

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Type: PDF Pattern
Skill Level: Beginner
Design Variations: 1
Sizes: 0/2 to 12/14, 16/18 to 28/30
Illustrations: No
Instructions: No

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Customer Questions and Answers


Hi, I was wondering if there is a mistake in the pattern or the skirt should be really made out of two pieces 86x58cm cut on fold? Or just one piece? It says: SKIRT:CUT 2 (on fold). Thank you :)

Andrea • August 2, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Hello, it is definitely cut 2 on fold for the skirt. This gives you two pieces, one for the skirt front and one for the skirt back. This also leaves you enough fabric to gather neatly as well.

Lauren • August 2, 2023

Hello! I am trying to find the step by step photo instructions and am having a hard time. Might you be able to send a link or point me in the right direction?

Kelly • May 31, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

Hello, If you go to and search for "Cora" you will find the tutorials. Here is our current link:

Lauren • May 31, 2023

Hi! Wondering if anyone has the formula or measurements for the skirt piece - I'd rather not have to print out 15 pages just to cut a rectangle! Thanks :)

Danielle • August 16, 2022
Lauren profile image F|S Team

One fo our customers have let us know: "My size is 0/2 and the measurements for the skirt piece is 56×84(cut on fold)cm. I live in Korea hence the metric system. Hope it helps!!"

Lauren • August 16, 2022
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Perfeito / perfect

Eu fiz o vestido do molde em viscose e deu super certo! ficou lindo e com a saia bem cheinha, exatamente como eu queria! Para as brasileiras, basta tirar as medidas e converter para polegada que dá certinho. Já quero fazer um de cada cor

Luiza • September 15, 2023
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Pascale profile image beautiful

I love this model, I adjusted for my size... I think I did well, here is the result of my tests, it is not yet the final fabric, since I did two tests, one like the proposed model and another by removing 10 cm from the bottom of the bodice and the shorter sleeves, I no longer had enough short, I made half sleeves that I have by the assembled suite... it worked well... thank you for all the models it's fantastic to find beautiful patterns

Pascale • June 24, 2023
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Lovely, fabulous pattern - and you'll need to buy extra fabric if you want to add pockets

This pattern is really well designed (as are all the FS patterns). The curves at the bottom and sides of the bodice prevent the dress from feeling too boxy or shapeless. I love it. Just a side note on how much fabric is required - I made the size 10/12 (?) and realized after I cut out the bodice pieces and sleeves ... and pockets... that I didn't have enough fabric for both skirt panels because the pattern doesn't include pockets. You'll need to buy more than 3 yards if you want pockets in the same fabric. I went ahead and ordered more, and I'm so glad I did because this dress is beautiful!

Martha • September 16, 2022
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just a minor adjustment

I love this dress but have to say the 'waist' hits at the worst spot for me--the skirt gathers make my hips look even bigger than they are. I shortened the bodice so the waist hit about 3" higher and it's perfect. The original has become my work-around-the-house/yard garment

Nancy • April 23, 2022
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Debbie profile image Look forward to making it

Not sure where to ask. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE FREE PATTERNS. I found this website that prints patterns in actual size [ so no need to print at home and make a collage :) ) but I need the actual dimensions. I am using a macbook and it just appears differently. What are the pattern dimensions?

Debbie • December 5, 2021
FS Team profile image F|S Team

Hello, You can use the test square in the pattern to help your printers ensure the pattern is printed to the correct dimensions :)

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I will test by removing 5 cm on the bodice... I think I would be good for the next project...

Pascale • June 24, 2023

here is the second test

Pascale • June 24, 2023

made this one much shorter and did it in a cotton lace. just added some pockets to

wendy • May 9, 2023

I like the Cora dress pattern and this is a first gathered dress I made and it turned out nicely but not on my body as the pattern suits for slimmer, or tall build. I had to shorten the skirt about 10cm. It's been fun to make the dress and I will be donating to charity shop.

Bibi • April 25, 2023

This was my third piece of clothing sewn from the free patterns found on Piecing this pattern together was very satisfying and fun to make! My favorite feature has to be the key hole back paired with the cute touch of a hand sewn button. I used IL019 MIX NATURAL and I find this linen dress to be naturally classy and charming. I made it in a large—the top portion fits great, however, the skirt (albeit meant to be flowy) is maybe a tad too roomy. Because of this, I added matching ties to give the dress a bit more of a flattering shape on my body.

Halley • January 21, 2023
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