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Galena Dress

The Start of Summer

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Clever Charlotte Galena Dress Pattern
Clever Charlotte Galena Dress Pattern

School is out, at last.

Despite some unseasonably cooler weather, the kids have already been out playing in the sprinkler in new swim suits, had our favorite summer treat, Fro-Yo, and stocked up on summer reading at the library.  Bring it.

Here's Miss N sporting a new Galena Dress over her swim suit, post-sprinkler.

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Summer11

This variation of our newest pattern shows what a statement a bold solid fabric bias tape can make against a printed dress.

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Summer10

The dot fabric is a double guaze by Kokka Fabric/Tomotake from the Muddy Works collection--allegedly in navy but really charcoal gray. Glad I am a gray person.  

The hot pink bias trim is one of my favs--Kaffe Fasset's shot cotton in magenta.  The shot cotton is super soft and compliments the super-soft, divine feel of the double gauze.

All fabric was purchased from Pink Chalk Fabrics.

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You'll notice I added a strip of color at the bottom of the dress too--this required an extra wide strip of bias tape binding (a 4" bias strip yields a 1.5" wide  finished strip of color). I was easily able to make this wide strip from the same 1/2 yard of contrasting fabric I used to cut the other trim pieces.  Note, the wide folded  bias tape replaces the flat bias tape called for in the original instructions.

I folded the 4" wide strip in half, wrong sides together, then pressed the two long edges to the inside 1/2". Next, I sewed the wide strip to the raw bottom hem in the same way we instruct sewing the narrower folded bias trim on the sleeve hems. I overlapped the short ends near one of the side seams   

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Can't wait to see what fun adventures this summer brings!

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Happy Sewing!

~Erin

Galena's Alive!

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Galena Dress Sewing Pattern by Clever Charlotte
Galena Dress Sewing Pattern by Clever Charlotte

Thank you all for your tremendous response to our newest pattern, the Galena Dress!! I just got the last of the orders out today that were placed through last Saturday, so I hope yours arrive soon.  Please don't forget to share your finished Galenas with our Flickr group.

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Galena live3

Here's Carla's Miss E dressed in our "cover look" from the new pattern. Our dress form is a size 3T and I'd say Miss E is just at the cusp of outgrowing it--especially in the length. (For comparison's sake she's a size 5 in commercial retail sizing.)

Galena Dress by Clever Charlotte
Galena Dress by Clever Charlotte

I have another Galena Dress version to share with you this week, and then I am hoping to do some "me" sewing, which I almost never do (hemming pants doesn't count).

What about all of you, any fun summer sewing projects waiting in the wings for when you are in your air conditioned house waiting out the heat wave?  Or do your sewing urges go dormant in the summer?

Happy Sewing! ~Erin

Introducing Our Galena Dress Pattern

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I am not going to lie--we are totally biased toward our latest pattern!

Galena Dress Pattern by Clever Charlotte
Galena Dress Pattern by Clever Charlotte

Our Galena Dress maximizes the minimalist approach of bias tape trim to make a bold statement.  See how it frames the criss-cross bodice...

Galena Dress Pattern by Clever Charlotte
Galena Dress Pattern by Clever Charlotte

...not to mention the "peek-a-boo" sleeves?

Galena Dress Pattern by Clever Charlotte
Galena Dress Pattern by Clever Charlotte

Just in time for warmer weather, the keyhole openings in the Galena Dress will take full advantage of summer breezes.  It will easily transition from swimsuit cover-up, to a party dress and everything in between.

Galena Dress Pattern by Clever Charlotte
Galena Dress Pattern by Clever Charlotte

Bias trim is a great way to show off a small amount of signature fabric from your private collection or to splurge just a teensy bit on a small Liberty print (as we've done here). It only takes 1/2 yard of fabric to make enough bias trim for the Dress and you'll have a little extra to spare.

Not up to making your own bias tape?  Commercially available trim is widely available too--more on that next week!

Order Up!

Yes! The pattern is now up for sale in the shop--though we won't be shipping it until next week. (Any orders placed with a Galena pattern will be held until the pattern is ready.) But to make it so worth the wait, we are offering not one, but TWO delightful sales incentives to entice you to pick up those older patterns you've had your eye on:

Now through May 31st:

Save 20 percent on all

older collections of patterns

AND

order any 2 patterns and receive

the Eider Tunic pattern FREE!

The sale prices are now in effect and the only thing you need to do to get the free Eider is to place your order of 2+ patterns (we'll happily add it in with your package) ...so hurry on over and check it all out!

Happy Sewing!

~Erin