October 12, 2015

Appleton Dress Sewalong Schedule

Hi everyone, and welcome to the sew-along for the first Cashmerette Pattern, the Appleton Dress!

I’m Carrie, a fellow sewing blogger and part of the Cashmerette team. I’ll be walking us through this project and sharing my own Appleton Dress along the way!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be working through this pattern. If your bust is smaller than a C cup (like me!), I’m going to show you how to make a quick and easy Small Bust Adjustment; it worked well on my dress! This pattern is suitable for advanced beginners (or brave beginners – go you!). Feel free to leave your questions in the comments and we’ll help you through them!

Here’s what our sew-along schedule is going to look like:

  • Tuesday 10/13: Inspiration!
  • Thursday 10/15: Choosing your fabric
  • Monday 10/19: Prepping your fabric and your pattern, selecting your size
  • Wednesday 10/21: Small Bust Adjustment
  • Friday 10/23: Cutting & notching your fabric
  • Monday 10/26: Finishing waist tie hole, sewing shoulders, hemming wrap
  • Wednesday 10/28: Constructing neckband and waist tie
  • Friday 10/30: Attaching waist tie and neckband
  • Monday 11/2: Sewing in sleeves in the flat
  • Wednesday 11/4: Sewing side seams, reinforcing waist tie hole
  • Friday 11/6: Hemming sleeves and skirt
  • Friday 11/13: Appleton Party! Woohoo!

After that, you’ll have a new wardrobe staple! Depending on the fabric you choose, this is such an easy dress to dress up for a night out or down for a day in the office. We can’t wait to see what you create! Make sure to share your Appleton Dresses with us by using the hashtag #AppletonDress.

After the sew-along, we’ll share a roundup of your creations on Friday 11/13. Not on social media? Send me your makes at carrie@cashmerette.com to have your dress included in the roundup. And exciting news, one of our favorite online sources of jersey, Emma One Sock, has generously offered to provide a prize! Stay tuned for more information on the contest and giveaway.

Will you be joining us on the sewalong? Do you have any questions you’d like answered in advance?

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35 thoughts on “Appleton Dress Sewalong Schedule

  1. Liz says:

    A shame! I’d love to join the sew along, as I’m definitely a curvy lady, but more a petite curve, so although I’d appreciate your sizing for an F cup, generous waist-to-hip ratio and sway back, I’m just below your lowest size. While I completely appreciate that many curvy sewists do want larger sizes, us petite-but-curvy girls miss out on your careful drafting and fabulous design! Do you think it would be feasible to grade down on waist and hip?

    1. HI Liz! If you’re only 1 – 2 inches below the 12, I think it should work for you – it may even work without adjustments, because of the way that a wrap dress fits around the body. However, if you’re confident about a bit of pattern adjustments, I would print or trace the size 12, then draw a smooth line connecting the 12 bust down to a line inside the 12 (i.e. the 10!), which would be about a 0.5 inch along the side seams. You’d need to adjust the front and back, but not the sleeves or any other pieces. Good luck!

      1. Liz says:

        Thanks, will look again at the finished garment sizes, I may be able to do some playing about! Much appreciated!

  2. Canne Makes says:

    Wow, I would love to do your sew along, loved reading about your journey with this pattern drafting. Don’t know if your pattern would be any good for me as I am a j cup size so even bigger than you, so know what you mean about wrap dresses. Will sign up and keep watching to see how things go for others.

    1. Hi Canne – it really depends on your bust measurement – compare it to the charts, and see if there’s something that would fit your bust that also is in the same rough area as your waist/hip measurement. I’m a HH in the UK which I believe is often a J in the US, and I fit fine into the 18 or 20 G/H.

  3. Louise says:

    I love that you have taken this step – I have a 10 inch difference between my rib cage and my girls and it is hard to feel joy when I see a pattern because it means alot of work for me. This is why I don’t sew for myself and sew for others. Thank you for giving me something that’s just for me 🙂 and I hope you will consider patterns for woven fabrics…pretty please…

    1. I know exactly how that feels! And don’t worry, we’re working on future wovens right now.

  4. Stephani says:

    Just received mine in the mail and can’t wait to get started!

  5. Carole Buerman says:

    Loved your picture of the first block. Exactly what we need, it fits over the bust but tapers down for the waist andon pulling on the side of the bust!!! It would be great to be able to get a fitted shirt that mirrors your block picture. Some curvy people have waists and not everyone wants to wear a box. Thanks.

    1. Jennifer says:

      ‘Tis true. I look boxy if I don’t accentuate my waist!

    2. That was definitely the big challenge! And I agree – I *need* waist definition (even if my waist isn’t that small or defined in reality) in order to balance out my figure.

  6. Toni says:

    I can’t wait for the sew- along. I got some decent knit to muslin- I have a feeling that if it all goes well- it will be wrap dresses, leggings and boots -apalooza come fall!

    1. That’s totally my wardrobe too 😀

  7. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been looking for the perfect wrap dress!

    I have trouble with pants (full seat, sway back, too high waisted), button downs (fit in the bust, look like a mumu from the bust down, or fit in the waist, buttons pop around the bust), woven dresses (all the aforementioned problems, plus being 2 sizes bigger on top than bottom).

    Any good, tailored pants that don’t hit somewhere around my rib cage would be awesome. I like them below the natural waist, just as a personal preference. Tops that don’t fit like maternity wear would be great too.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Jennifer!

  8. carlalissa says:

    Ohhhh count me in!

  9. Yay! I ordered my kit today and I’m excited to sew a long. Working in the swayback and bust sizes is amazing. Thank you. Hoping to figure out how to accommodate my full hips as well.

  10. Amy says:

    Oh, well done. This has been such a long time coming – thank you. And you’re absolutely right about the wrap style. In my skinny days (I’ll give you a guess how long ago that was), I owned 2 original DVF’s that I wore for more than 20 years, and literally wore them out. I recently made a Vogue wrap that was such a miserable fit, I gave it away. I’m so looking forward to receiving your printed pattern. Best luck to all.

  11. What is the final length? I couldn’t find it on the pattern. Or the waist->hem length?
    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Chris! The dress is about 40 inches from back neck to hem (it varies slightly by size).

  12. I’m ready for this Jen!!
    I can’t wait for my pattern to get here!! :))
    <3 M

  13. Emma Gedge says:

    I’ve never found a wrap dress to fit me at both bust and bum without being really clingy or straining somewhere, so I’m very excited about this!

  14. Stella says:

    I’ll be desperately following the sewalong, but alas one can’t purchase knits here. Can’t wait to get to a country that sells knit fabrics so I can make this pattern!

  15. Laurie says:

    i bought an inexpensive knit from Joann’s to see if i can get the fit right! i’m excited to be participating.

    Now…. am i brave enough to try to learn how a serger works, or should i just go with the trusty zig-zag stitch…

  16. Michell Lehr says:

    So excited to start this sew along; this is my first time trying one! I adore this dress and I just received the pattern today in the mail. I have a pretty ITY knit that I’m a bit nervous to sew with since it seems a bit slippery. It looks shockingly similar to the print on the pattern cover, but in a cream colorway instead. We’ll see!

    1. Glad to have you joining us Michell! One tip if you’re using slippery jersey is to use Dritz Wonder Tape
      to baste your seams together before sewing – unlike pins, it won’t “fall out” and it washes out after use. I use it all the time!

      1. Michell Lehr says:

        Thanks for the tip! I’ll check it out.

  17. Rachelle says:

    I can’t wait to start. I’m going to trace off the bodice and trim my pattern pieces later today. I’ve already chosen a fabric from my stash. I’ve wanted a wrap dress forever and am hoping I’ll have success with this one!

  18. I discovered I have enough French Terry that I can make a nice warm Appleton for fall/winter. Looking forward to sewing at this slower pace for this one. 🙂

    1. Fun! Just double check to see how much stretch it has – if it’s not 50% then you might need to make some tweaks to the neckband (make it longer) and it may not hug the body quite as much. I made that mistake with a terry t-shirt a while ago!

      1. I checked the stretch against the stretch guide and it was good grainwise, but it has much less stretch on the crossgrain does it need 50% there too?

        1. The pattern requires 50% crosswise stretch so unfortunately that may not be the ideal fabric. If you still want to go with it, I would size up a bit!

          1. Thanks for the heads up. I was a little worried and will look into it some more.

Let me know what you think!