I’m thrilled to announce a big new project we’ve been working on behind the scenes for a long time now: we will be expanding Cashmerette Patterns to a size range of 0 – 32, in our C – H cup sizes! We hope to start launching patterns in the new size ranges by the end of the year.
Cashmerette Patterns was born out of my total frustration with finding ready-to-wear clothes that fit my curvy, busty body – and then my disappointment in finding out that very few sewing patterns worked for it, either. There were two parts to it: patterns that didn’t go beyond a size 16 or 18, and also patterns that were only designed for a B or C cup bust – I’m an H! When you’re busty, having to constantly adjust sewing patterns to fit your body can just take the joy out of sewing – it’s so much time, effort, and trial and error. Plus, it made me feel frustrated and bad about my body. That’s why, in 2015, I launched Cashmerette in sizes 12 – 28 (now 32!) and cup sizes C – H, to finally meet the needs of women like me.
Since 2015, there has been a FANTASTIC explosion of brands expanding into sizes 28+, which has just been a joy to behold. Plus size sewists deserve to have lots and lots of options! However, there hasn’t been anywhere near as much movement at serving the needs of sewists with big boobs.
Ever since we launched, we’ve had a continual stream (I kid you not, literally every week) of sewists who also have a large, D+ bust, but wear sizes below a size 12, asking us to expand our size range. For the first 5 years of Cashmerette, I wanted to focus on the doubly-underserved size 12+, C+ cup community, but as we’ve grown, I realized that there was this huge opportunity to help even more women say goodbye to FBAs and discover the joy of sewing, by expanding our size range down to a 0. Because here’s the truth: sewists of all sizes can have big boobs!
We’re the right people to do it, because we’re totally dedicated to sewing for curves, with our cup sizing and also the fact we design all our patterns to look amazing on people with a full bust. So, right now we’re deep in development!
The plan is to eventually launch all our patterns in sizes 0 – 32 – we’ll start launching our most popular existing patterns in the new range, and then moving forward all new patterns will come in both size ranges. The patterns will come in two overlapping ranges of 0 – 16 and 12 – 32 (we’ll have more info at launch about how to pick your size if you’re in the 12 – 16 range – as well as a sizing guarantee to make sure you’re definitely happy with the result).
As we want everyone to have options, we’ll also have our new size ranges is BOTH printed and PDF formats.
Here’s our new size chart (along with our existing one):
To be totally transparent, it took us a long, long time to decide to do this, because I really didn’t want to make you, our existing, AMAZING, community of sewists size 12 – 32, feel like you’re losing anything at all. The good news is I feel really positive that not only will our existing community not lose out, but in fact, the growth of the company means there’s going to be even more products for you to enjoy. There are two elements we’re focusing on: products, and representation.
On the first front, Cashmerette Patterns, old and new, will always be available in a size 12 – 32. We’ll always start our development with our larger block, make sure the styles we pick look super awesome on this size range (I mean, I’m in it, I want to look good!), and we will always expand a historic pattern up to a 32 before we expand it down to a 0. Nothing will change in terms of what you can sew from Cashmerette.
On the second front, plus size women will continue to be the face of Cashmerette, and be consistently and joyfully represented everywhere that we are. This is so important to me personally, and to Cashmerette as a brand, and I am dedicated to ensuring that we do not lose our representation of size 12+ women looking awesome and confident in clothes that fit them well. While it’s hard for someone who’s a size 2 G/H to find clothes that fit through the bust, it remains the case that they suffer far less systemic societal bias than someone who’s a 26 G/H, and are far more likely to see themselves represented positively in the media. That’s why we’re dedicated to keeping Cashmerette a cheerleader for plus size fashion, and a safe space for people with larger bodies, and we have a bunch of ideas about that we’ll be sharing with you over the next few months. This matters deeply to me, so if you have any thoughts or recommendations I’d love to hear them!
We are currently working on developing the first batch of historic patterns in the 0 – 16 size range, and one of our upcoming patterns will launch in the full 0 – 32 range – we’re hoping by the end of the year.
Also, if you’re in this size range and want to hear more from us moving forward about this expansion, please sign up for our newsletter here – you’ll be tagged as being interested in the size expansion, so we’ll send you additional, special emails! (If you’re already subscribed to our newsletter, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you’d like to be added to the special 0 – 16 list).