So I decided to draw a nice, warm dress for Clara today -- an 1869 silk or taffeta party dress, with a matching overdress.
Have you ever seen a 1950s or 60s movie, where the movie star arrives at a party with a gorgeous cloak that matches her evening gown? Such high fashion was not a new idea... in the 1860s, it was quite the thing to have a cloak that matched your party frock. Even then, the idea of having a cloak to match your dress was not a new idea, having been a practice of the wealthy for hundreds of years.
It seems very impractical to me to have a coat you could only wear a few times. However, it sure is cute!
Clara has a little feathered bonnet to go with her dress, and some tall button-up boots to finish off her outfit.
The original dress was cranberry red. The overdress was cream colored with red trim. The bonnet was a matching red with white ostrich feathers. The boots were black.
To print Clara's dress, use this PDF file:
To print the Clara paper doll, use this PDF file: