Almost exactly one year ago, Cashmerette introduced their new size range with the release of the popular Appleton dress in sizes 0-16. Before the release, they had asked if I'd be interested in sewing the dress to help promote the new size range. Um, yes!
I disagree! When I was a small (haha!) D-cup I did find wrap dresses to be flattering. Now that I'm much larger than that, I have found they can be tricky to wear. As often as I've done full bust adjustments on patterns, I have never perfected the FBA on a wrap top or dress.
I liked the void that Cashmerette filled in the sewing community - larger sizing and bust cup options. I had often looked at their patterns, but knew I needed to start with a smaller size than what they offered and I didn't want to mess with grading.
That's why I was intrigued when I learned they were releasing some of their popular patterns in the new 0-16 size range. It's my understanding that even though sizes 12, 14, and 16 overlap (the other size range is 12-32) they are based on a different block and don't fit the same.
The description for the Appleton Dress pattern "the classic wrap dress is designed to play up your curves with a crossover front, a built-in waist tie, and a deep V-neck. Designed by and for curvy women, the Appleton’s innovative neckband construction prevents gaping across your bust."
When I agreed to sew the dress, I knew I would need to sew a test version first.
Honestly, I did NOT believe that it would fit my bust and not reveal too much cleavage.
I was pleasantly surprised. I don't have a pic of me bending over to show that it stays in place, but I did demonstrate in one of my makes videos (I'll link that at the end of this blog post).
It's true! It fits my bust and does not gape!
This fabric is a cotton knit that I purchased from SR Harris Warehouse during one of our Minnesota visits. I used it because it was quite similar in weight and stretch to the fabric that Cashmerette provided to me for the dress I sewed for the release (pics below).
As you can see, it was quite windy the day I was trying to get photos. The strong wind seems to be a common occurrence here in East Texas, especially the day before a severe storm hits. Which means spring time is windy (and stormy)!
The good news is this wrap dress is designed with enough overlap that the wind did not expose anything :-)
Here's a pic of the blue dress. This lovely blue cotton knit is from Hart's Fabric.
I choose to use the elbow length sleeves thinking I would wear this dress in the cooler months with boots. However, it turns out I find the boots too warm to wear even during our winter months. I may shorten the sleeves so I can wear this in the summer with sandals.
Here's a back view.
There is only one thing I did differently on the blue version versus the test version. I added lightweight interfacing to the tie ends. I didn't like how the tie belt would bunch up when I wore the dress. Adding the little bit of interfacing helps it to remain flat.
After sewing this dress I was so happy with the fit in the bust - without having to do an FBA! - that I eagerly awaited the release of other patterns in the new size range. In fact, I purchased the Concord Tee pattern the day Cashmerette announced it was available and it has quickly become my go-to t-shirt pattern.
While I'm not 100% convinced I like wrap dresses, if any dress pattern were to change my mind, it's this one.
If you're interested, here's a link to my makes video on YouTube where I model the floral knit dress.
Cashmerette provided the pattern and fabric at no cost in exchange for using my photos on their blog to announce the release of the pattern. I had no obligation to write a blog post and what I've written in my personal option.
Have a blessed day!