Cora — Half Sleeve Linen Dress Sewing Pattern (Free PDF)
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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- Most patterns graded in size 0/2 to 28/30
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|Skill Level:||Advanced Beginner|
|Sizes:||0/2 to 12/14, 16/18 to 28/30|
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Customer Questions and Answers
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?
Hello, If you go to blog.fabrics-store.com and search for "Cora" you will find the tutorials. Here is our current link: blog.fabrics-store.com/2014/09/19/cora-half-sleeve-linen-dress-tutorial/
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 :)
One fo our customers have let us know: "My size is 0/2 and the measurements for the skirt piece is 56Ã—84(cut on fold)cm. I live in Korea hence the metric system. Hope it helps!!"
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!
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
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?
Hello, You can use the test square in the pattern to help your printers ensure the pattern is printed to the correct dimensions :)
Though I can't get the tutorial to open it comes up as "502 bad gateway" are you able to help please ?
Hi! The tutorial link is fixed and working: blog.fabrics-store.com/2014/09/19/cora-half-sleeve-linen-dress-tutorial/ Thank you for pointing out it was going to an error page.
I'd never tried one of Fabrics store patterns before so I was a little nervous about how difficult they would be to understand and follow (from previous experience with other big brand patterns). And I was so pleasantly surprised, this pattern was so easy and FUN to make and the result was just what I hoped to get! A comfy, flattering, easy to wear dress. I will be making many more of these in the future, thank you so much FS! (also quick question, for the larger sizes does the bodice measurement lengthen as well as widen?) Thanks again!
This was my third piece of clothing sewn from the free patterns found on fabrics-store.com. 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 largeâ€”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.
Did a few mods to this pattern: shortened the bust for a more babydoll/short torso fit, shortened the sleeves for comfort (I have thicker biceps), and shortened the skirt for a more playful length. This pattern works super well as a base for gathered skirt dresses, I've also made in a vneck, use the bust as a slighlty boxy top pattern etc.
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