Just in time for all your day party needs, the Mood Fabrics Clementine Dress is the pattern you didn’t know you needed! For a fresh take on summer comfort without compromising your style, this one sleeve wonder checks all the boxes. Whenever there’s a chance for elastic instead of zippers, count me in. Whether paired with heels or sneakers, you can easily transform this dress from day to a night out. The flattering play on the cut-out trend makes the Clementine Dress perfect for date night. So go ahead and show a little skin with this tasteful number. Try making your dress in bamboo jersey, printed silk, or lightweight linen.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 3.5 yards of Minerva Heathered Cascade Lightweight Linen Chambray
- 3yds White Elastic – 0.25″
- MDF257 – The Clementine Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
Alternative Recommended Fabrics:
Here’s How to Sew:
Step 1: Pre-press the elastic casings
Turn each of the neckline, sleeve, and waist edges 1⁄2” to the WS and neatly press.
Turn again 3⁄4” to the WS and press. Unfold for the next step.
Step 2: Sew the waistline:
Place each bodice and skirt with wrong sides together, aligning the waist seam allowances. Pin in place as needed. Ensure that you have a mirrored left and right. The wearer’s left will be sewn together with a 1 1⁄4” SA from the CB to the CF. The sew line will be at the second crease you pressed in the previous step.
Step 3: Sew the shoulder and side seams:
Place the garment front and back with RS’s together. Sew each of the seams 1⁄2”, being careful to pivot at the interior corners of the bodice shoulder and right side seam. Clip the interior corners. Finish the SA’s with an overlock or zig-zag stitch. Press the SA’s towards the back.
Step 4: Sew the casings:
Fold-down the casings for the neckline, sleeve, and waist seams at the previously pressed creases. Pin in place. Working from the inside, topstitch along the inner fold through all layers. This will be a scant 3⁄4” from the outer edge. Leave an opening of about 2” for each casing to insert the elastics in the next step.
Step 5: Insert the elastics:
Using a safety pin, insert the elastics into each casing. Be careful not to twist the elastic. Sew the ends of the elastic together by overlapping them about 1” and topstitching several rows. Try on the dress to check the fit of your elastic Adjust as needed. Finish sewing the openings of the elastic casings. Sew a row of topstitching through the center of each elastic, stretching as you sew. This will keep your elastic neatly in place. Steam press the elastic to help it shrink back up from having been stretched, and to give a refined appearance to the gathers.
Step 6: Hem the skirt:
Turn the edges of the skirt 1⁄4” to the wrong side and press. Turn and press again at 1⁄4”. Topstitch in place from the wrong side a scant 1⁄4”.
We’d love to know how you plan to style your Clementine Dress this summer! Let us know in the comments below.
Love this dress! Thank you.
Love this pattern! This is the first thing I’ve sewn that I would actually wear in public!
Love this and I’m getting ready to start. Question, I see that there are 2 grainlines marks. It’s a bit confusing. Which one is to be used. Please advise. I would appreciate it. Thank you.
Hi, Lara! The two grainlines indicate that it can be placed either on the grain or the cross grain. 🙂
I love this dress… I made for myself and wore the dress for my niece gender reveal
I am on it! But I sewed and completely forgot about the pockets!!
Can,t wait to see the result
Thanks for the pattern
I just made this dress – it was nice and simple; plus it looks great!
Just remember to place the pockets in between Step 2 + 3 (i.e before doing the side seams)
New to seeing, so apologies if this is an obvious answer, but how do I know how much fabric to get? I know there’s a list of materials I need, but that number can’t be accurate for all sizes of this dress, can it? I will be making a size 24/26. Is there a chart or something to tell me how much fabric is needed for each size?
Hi, Sarah! The yardages needed are listed in the ‘Shop This Look’ widget. 🙂
I’m a fan of the mood patterns
I’m hoping to make this dress for the weekend . I go my fabric and my husband said it was rather see though. If after cutting and this is too see through, is it easy enough to line the dress too. ?
Hi, Jacqui! You could definitely cut two layers and sew them as if they’re one fabric. 🙂
I made this in black and it is my favorite dress. I saw one like it on the FarmRio site for purchase if $150 I made it for less than $20…thanks to you. I wore it recently on a cruise and a Tina Turner tribute singer got in the elevator and immediately complemented it. It is sooo stylish. My son’s girlfriend is 21 and she loves it so I am making her one for Christmas in black. It is the coolest thing I’ve ever made.
I made this in pink linen and I love it! Thanks for pattern.