As I’ve learned over the past 5 years, women of all shapes and sizes can feel fabulous when they wear gorgeous and well-fitting clothes, but until now there’s been a really limited selection of sewing patterns available if you’re curvy. That’s crazy, given that 70% of American women are a size 12 or bigger, and the average cup size is a DD. Your dress size doesn’t limit your creativity, so why should it limit your wardrobe?
That’s why I decided to try to help move the industry forward, by releasing contemporary patterns, in sizes 12 – 28, and cup sizes from C to H, with a modern fit. You know what that means for 99% of us? No more Full Bust Adjustments! Huzzah! Honestly, the first time I made up a sample I was over the moon at not having to adjust anything at all: it’s a rare experience for the curvy.
Here’s the low-down:
- All Cashmerette Patterns are professionally drafted and graded based on 3 separate blocks, in C/D cup, E/F cup and G/H cup sizes, so you will get a fantastic fit. Smaller than a C/D cup? No worries! We’ll have a Small Bust Adjustment tutorial on every pattern.
- They are available in instant-gratification PDF and beautifully printed paper formats. The PDFs have files for printing at home, at a US copy shop, or in A0 size at a copy shop elsewhere.
- Each pattern is thoughtfully designed with details to make the pattern comfortable, well-fitting and stylish, and has been tested on a wide range of curvy body types.
And with that, I present to you the very first Cashmerette Pattern: the Appleton Wrap Dress – which you can buy today here.
As you know, I’m the #1 fan of wrap dresses – they do awesome things to curves! – so I combined all my favourite characteristics from store bought DVF dresses and hand-made versions, together with new features. The Appleton Dress has an innovative neckband which hugs the body for zero gaping (yes, even on my H bust!), a built-in waist tie, a longer under-layer for less flashing potential, and three sleeve lengths.
The Appleton Dress can easily be made on a sewing machine or a serger, and there will be a fully detailed sewalong starting next week, including tips on how to find knit fabrics and tips and tricks for sewing with them.
Because it’s often difficult to source high quality and beautiful jersey, we’ve also gone one step further, and put together two limited-edition fabric kits to go with the Appleton Dress. Get them before they sell out!
First up, we have the ultimate day-to-night little black wrap dress with unique polka dot stretch mesh sleeves. The kit comes with black rayon jersey, polka dot stretch mesh and ribbing for the cuffs, and an included tutorial on how to add the cuffs to the pattern. I love this dress because it looks very elegant, but no-one knows you’re in secret pyjamas! I can’t imagine a better dress for a party or Thanksgiving dinner… You can buy the kit here now while stocks last.
Second, we have a fun but grown up black and white bird print rayon jersey, which comes with enough fabric to make a short or long sleeved dress. It’s a great dress to wear to work, or when you feel like being a bit fancy at the weekends without having to put together an entire outfit! You can purchase the limited edition kit here.
Cashmerette Patterns are also available to purchase wholesale – if you’re a brick and mortar store or an online store with your own domain, register for a wholesale account here, and we’ll be in touch.
Finally, a huge, huge thank you to everyone who’s supported and helped me over the past year – I quite literally couldn’t have done it without you. There are far too many people to name them all, but I have to mention the fantastic work and support of Alyson, Jen, Heather, my gorgeous modeling friends Andrea and Melissa, T, all my wonderful testers, my Curvy Sewing Collective crew, the Boston Crafty Foxes gang including Ashley, Carrie, Shop Sarah, MacKenzie, Jessica, Tall Sarah, Doga, Toni and Katy, and my ever-supportive and entrepreneurial family who’ve cheered me on since the beginning.
I really hope you love the patterns, and do let me know what other types of patterns you’d like to see in the future! And of course, share your Appleton Dresses – you can find me @cashmerette on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and I have a new Flickr group too – tag your makes with #AppletonDress.
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