Kluane Dress & Top
Prices in Canadian Dollars.
Kluane features a sweetheart halter bodice cascading down to a fun peplum top, retro mid-length, or stunning maxi skirt, making this pattern suitable for any occasion. Add a second or third layer to the skirt for even more style options!
Pattern includes sizes 2-12Y. The back of the bodice can be made with shirring elastic or elastic casings, and both methods are included in the step-by-step instructions.
Seam allowance is 3/8"(1cm) unless stated otherwise in the pattern, and is included in all measurements.
Required Supplies: sewing machine, needle suitable for chosen fabric (universal), 1/4" elastic for back bodice casings OR elastic thread for shirring, 3/4" elastic for halter strap, iron, pins/clips, scissors and/or rotary cutter, measuring tape and/or cutting mat & ruler.
Suggested Fabric: Light-medium weight wovens, such as quilting cotton, poplin, seersucker, eyelet, rayon, voile
Pattern includes instructions for a two methods of bodice construction, shirring or elastic casings. In both cases, the bodice side seams are enclosed. For those who want to know more about shirring and bias tape, links are provided in the pattern to the Shirring: Testing & Tension and the Homemade Bias Tape blog posts.
Included in the pattern:
~ Sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12.
~ Pattern pieces for the Front Bodice and all Skirt options. Additional pattern pieces for all rectangular pieces (halter & back bodice) and are provided by cutting/measurement charts and optional printable pattern pieces.
~ Cutting chart for rectangular pieces on a separate page that can be printed and kept with pattern pieces for those who prefer to cut by measurements.
~ Pattern pieces print separate from each other for maximum ease of taping/cutting.
~ Clear and efficiently nested pattern pieces (no layered/individual size printing), color coded by size. All colors also print clearly in black ink.
~ All measurements throughout the pattern presented in both metric and imperial
~ Sizing guide including body measurements and finished sleeve and pant length measurements to help obtain the proper fit for the child.
Download FREE printable measurement and sizing record cards HERE.
~ Specific instructions on customizing & blending sizes.
~ Line drawings showing all options.
~ Clickable table of contents, for reference and ease of use on digital devices.
~ Fabric requirements for all parts.
~ Supplies and suggested fabrics list.
~ Full color photo tutorial with specific details for each step.
- Hints and tips throughout the tutorial.
~ Glossary of relevant sewing terms.
~ Summary of steps for quick reference.
~ Modeled photos showing the finished options.
The details and step-by-step instructions of this pattern total 29 pages. There is an additional printable page of the cutting charts. There are 19 pages for the front bodice and full maxi length skirt pieces, and a printing guide indicating which pages are needed for all sizes and skirt length options.. Optional pattern pieces for rectangular pieces are included as a separate PDF file.
Purchase also includes AO Large Format PDF for copy shop printing.
This pattern was originally released in 2017 under the name Aurora Belle. It was completely updated and re-released in 2019.
NOTE: This is a pattern, not a completed garment.
Behind the Name...
The inspiration for naming this pattern comes from Kluane National Park in Canada’s Yukon Territory, where tundra, ice fields, lakes and rivers, glaciers and mountain ranges are draped in the shifting colors of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) in the winter or lit by the Midnight Sun during summer. This park is home to Canada’s highest peak, Mt. Logan… and an impressive grizzly bear population.
Kluane National Park is part of the traditional territory of the Southern Tutchone people represented by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and the Kluane First Nation. The Southern Tutchone name “Łù’àn Män” means "big fish lake" and their trading partners, the coastal Tlingits, called the area “ùxh-àni”, meaning "whitefish country". The name 'Kluane' is derived from these two names.