Backstock - Claire McCardell Cloister Dress

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This is a backstock pattern - printed for Folkwear in 1994.  We are moving them out of our storage and happy to get them to Folkwear fans.  

Claire McCardell is generally recognized as one of the most influential American ready-to-wear designers of the twentieth century.  Her designs defined "The American Look": sporty, comfortable, understated, and elegant.

The Cloister Dress, was designed as a romantic but practical wedding gown for a young wartime bride.  This natural shouldered dress of soft wool jersey was made to be easy to pack and warm to wear. 

In spite of obvious historical references, the classic lines of this Dress look completely modern today.  A fitted bodice with a high, slight V-neckline and dolman sleeves flatters the figure.  The ankle-length skirt (easily shortened to mid-calf or above the knee) gathers into a shaped dropped waist.  A separate Hood buttons at the neck and can be worn up or down.

Especially suited for fabrics with two-way stretch.  This would be elegant in cashmere or silk blend knits, or modern in casual cotton jersey, fun stretch lace or velvet.

Suggested Fabrics: Fabrics with two-way stretch such as wool, cotton, silk, or rayon knits and blends; stretch lace or stretch velvet.

Misses' Sizes XS to XL