Fit and flare dresses are a classic for good reason! They’re fun to wear, can be day or evening depending on fabric choice and styling, and they look fantastic on lots of different types of body shapes. Today I’m rounding up some inspiration – and I have some fabric recommendations for making your Upton Dress.
Fit and Flare Inspiration
The Upton Dress is perfect for big prints (always my fave):
Make your Upton with a cheery lightweight cotton and it’s a floaty summer dress, great for brunch on a balcony (oh, I can dream) or a trip to the park. These three are from ModCloth, which is a great inspiration for this style of dress (they have hundreds!).
More day inspiration: florals, eyelet lace, or playing with stripes.
Finally, use some more structured, glitzy or embellished fabric and you’ll have a dress that’s great for parties, weddings, the red carpet, or getting your MBE from the Queen (go Adele!):
A wide range of woven fabrics work for the Upton Dress, depending on the look you want. Crisper fabrics which are slightly heavier weight will give a structured, slightly formal look to the dress and give you maximum flare in the pleated skirt in particular. Softer fabrics like cotton lawn or double gauze have a softer look, and you can even go super luxe and use silk for a flowing, classy dress. The pattern has been drafted for non-stretch wovens, but you could also use wovens with a small amount of stretch (you may want to size down, depending on the degree of stretch). For the lining, I recommend using a cotton lawn, breathable lining fabric, or silk – it should be slightly lighter in weight than the outer dress shell.
Here are some selections from Cashmerette Patterns stockists.
First up, you can’t go wrong with a springy floral:
The Upton dress works well for all scales of prints – I’m a particular fan of jaunty anchors!
I love these fresh colours for spring – a solid colour Upton would be really versatile, too.
Finally, here’s a few black and whites to melt your heart:
The good news is that it’s easy to find suitable fabrics for the Upton Dress – you can even use quilting cotton – so the sky’s the limit! Let me know if you have any questions about which fabrics would or wouldn’t be suitable and I can’t wait to see what you use.