November 12, 2019

Introducing the Alcott Dress Sewing Pattern!

Are you ready to bring a touch of romantic glamor to your wardrobe? Introducing the Cashmerette Alcott Dress, a fixed-wrap dress sewing pattern with an empire waist and two fabulous views. Plus, it’s our first pattern to include a maternity option!

The Alcott Dress, a fixed-wrap dress sewing pattern

In the Alcott Dress, you can go from everyday stylish to the belle of the ball. Go boho-chic with View A, which features flutter sleeves and a knee-length full skirt, or ramp up the drama with View B, featuring long ruffled sleeves and midi-length straight skirt and hem ruffle. Both views of the Alcott have a fixed-wrap bodice and an empire waist, plus the Cashmerette signature multi-cup sizing you know and love.

And this week only, save 15% on our new Alcott Dress fabric kit—keep reading to find out how.

Jenny measures 48″ bust, 40″ waist, 47″ hip and is wearing View A in a size 18 G/H.

Molly measures 49″ bust, 43″ waist, 52″ hip and wears View B in a 22 G/H graded to a 24 at the hips.

About the Alcott Dress

The Alcott Dress is a perfect choice for a soft daytime look, or for a knockout look for the holidays. The Alcott is designed for light- to mid-weight knits such as jersey or ITY, so you likely already have fabric in your stash that pairs perfectly with this pattern. We love bright solids and prints for an everyday style, and deep shades or stretch sequins for those special occasions. Imagine being the best-dressed person at the party… while also being the most comfortable! It doesn’t get better than that.

Both views of the Alcott feature a fixed wrap (also called surplice) bodice, with elastic to hold the neckline in place. (Our testers loved this feature.) And with three cup ranges—C/D, E/F, G/H—you’ll get a stellar bust fit right out of the package.

The bodice is fully lined for comfort and a clean finish, and the back bodice features a high neckline. The empire waist includes elastic that is easy to insert and comfortable all day long.

Each of the Alcott’s views has its own flair, but you can mix and match some of the design features to create your own dream dress. So let’s take a closer look at each view, shall we?

Alcott Dress, View A

Float into every room in View A of the Alcott Dress. With this view, you have two flutter sleeve options—cap and mid-length—for your ideal arm coverage. And don’t worry about your bra peeking out when you lift up your arms, as often happens with flutter sleeve dresses: we’ve designed the armscye specifically to prevent that from happening.

View A also features the swooshiest knee-length full skirt. Just try and resist twirling around—we dare you!

Jenny is wearing an Alcott Dress in a lovely tulip print on Dutch cotton.

Alcott Dress, View B

If you want to ramp up the drama, opt for View B! This view features trendy ruffled sleeves and a midi-length straight skirt with a hem ruffle. Sew it up a bold print for a full-on ’70s vibe, or a deep solid shade for an elegant party look.

Molly is wearing an Alcott Dress in an emerald-green bamboo rayon jersey.

The Ideal Dress for Maternity and Nursing!

The Alcott Dress is already quite maternity and nursing friendly with its surplice bodice and elasticated empire waist. But we’ve also added a skirt option specifically designed for a pregnant belly! With the Alcott Dress, there’s no reason you can’t look as glam as you want this holiday season.

Plus, once the baby is born (and you have a minute to yourself, hopefully before they go off to college), you can quickly alter it to its regular, non-maternity look.

Jenny is wearing the maternity view of the the Alcott Dress during the 7th month of her pregnancy.

Note: We increased the width of the waistband after this maternity sample was made. 

Save 15% on Our New Alcott Kit

Ready to start sewing your first Alcott? Dress to impress in our new Alcott Dress fabric kit, featuring a beautiful abstract prismatic printed jersey in tones of purple, blue and pink. It’s easy to care for and sew, and results in a comfortable dress that you can wear daily or for special events. The kit contains enough fabric to sew an Alcott Dress of either view in any size, and includes all of the elastic you need as well—just add needle and thread. And this week only, you can save 15% on this kit!

To get 15% off your Alcott Dress kit, use the code ALCOTT15 at checkout. Valid through November 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

Who’s ready to sew their first Alcott Dress? The Alcott is available as a printed pattern that we ship directly to you (wherever in the world you are!), or if you absolutely can’t wait to get started, you can get pattern as a instant-download PDF file to print at home or at a copyshop.

Want more Alcott? Some our lovely testers sewed up Alcotts using fabric from our friends at Imagine Gnats—stay tuned to see how they turned out! Plus ideas and inspiration from ready-to-wear fashion, coming soon.

7 thoughts on “Introducing the Alcott Dress Sewing Pattern!

  1. acraftyscrivener says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Well done! I do have a question that I have been pondering for a while now – is the wrap `supposed’ to go over the bust, or under the bust? Mostly pictured here is that the wearer’s left side wrap goes over the bust, but the maternity one looks like it goes under. Just curious!

    1. Ayelet says:

      Good question! The wrap is designed to go over the bust.

      1. acraftyscrivener says:


  2. Jan Messali says:

    Gorgeous! Where did you find the tulip print fabric?

    1. Ayelet says:

      It’s from Emma One Sock:

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

  3. Another question – has anyone tried this in a woven (I am thinking rayon)? I seem to remember reading something about it but can’t find it – I usually make size 12 with the E/F sizing, so I think I will be OK sizing up? Or making a toile in the 12 E/F first?? What would you suggest?

    1. Ayelet says:

      We wouldn’t recommend it–the bodice in particular has a lot of negative ease and requires the stretch of a knit fabric to fit properly. It wouldn’t be possible to achieve that same fit with a woven fabric without significant redrafting, unfortunately.

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

Let me know what you think!