So here in Australia we’ve just entered the final month of summer and while we could start releasing autumn patterns, we’ve decided to hold onto the sunny season for just a little bit longer so we can introduce you to our latest pattern – the Claudia Dress.

Claudia is all about the cool and all about the comfortable.  Just the kind of dress you’ll want to throw on when the forecast is hot and steamy. She features a square neckline, narrow shoulder straps, bust darts and the all important side pockets. For maximum ventilation and easy movement, the side splits are above the knee. There’s also a lovely wide hem which is finished with a cute topstitching detail.

The Claudia Dress has been inspired by a clean, simple silhouette that’s all the rage right now. We’ve put together this selection of inspiration photos for you so you can see how great it looks, even when layered over a top or tee.

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Gabby’s version (above) up is made up in our Linda Ice Blue linen and Claudia’s (below), our Linda Navy (currently sold out).

We’ve designed the dress to sit low at the back, but not so low that you can’t wear with it without a bra. I’m wearing a strapless one in my stripe version (below) which is made up in our One Way Lines. You can adjust the strap length to suit your preference, allowing the armholes to sit higher or lower.

Suitable fabrics include medium to heavy-weight linens or linen blends and cottons. The Claudia Dress is now available in Australian sizes XXS-XL. She’s currently available in PDF (print-at-home/print copy shop version) or, if you prefer, you can purchase the hard copy (for a limited time) online and instore.