The Upton Dress & Skirt plus Mix & Match Expansion Pack is here! We know how helpful it can be to see a new pattern on a variety of bodies, so we sent copies of our new expansion pack to a few Cashmerette pals. We LOVE what they made, and think you will too!
The Upton Dress & Skirt plus Mix & Match Expansion Pack takes the Upton Dress—a fit-and-flare woven dress designed specifically for curves—from 6 possible combinations to over 350! It includes sizes 12-32 and cup sizes C-H, and is available to purchase in PDF or print. With multiple bodice, neckline, sleeve, and skirt options (plus a contoured waistband to make a standalone skirt), there are endless ways to make this pattern your own. (See all the different features up close here.) It’s a choose-your-own-adventure type of pattern, so let’s what our makers created!
Cashmerette pal and model Sierra (check her out on the cover of the Lenox Shirtdress and Springfield Top!) used the new Mix & Match Expansion to make an Upton Dress for her upcoming birthday. She used a lightweight cotton with an abstract print, and combined the brand-new fitted short sleeve and princess seamed bodice with the classic Upton v-neck and gored knee-length skirt.
Sierra made a size 24 G/H.
Here’s what she had to say after making her Upton.
“I like that it’s a “choose your own adventure” pattern. This was the first time I made the Upton and I enjoyed the overall making experience. The instructions were clear and I didn’t feel lost at any point along the way. I absolutely love this dress! It fits like a glove and is super comfy. I see many more of these in the future!”
See more of what Sierra’s making over on Instagram at @sierraburrell.
Rachel is the queen of the Upton Dress—read all about her “Rainbow of Cashmerette” here. So we were eager to see what she’d make with the new expansion pack! Rachel used a quilting cotton and the new maxi-length skirt to make this lovely floral maxi Upton Dress.
Rachel made a size 20 G/H and her measurements are high bust 44″, full bust 51″, waist 46″, and hips 54″. She’s 5′ 3″, but chose not to shorten the skirt because she likes extra long maxis.
Here’s what Rachel had to say about her new Upton Dress
“I’m very excited to finally have a maxi Upton in my collection. I think it’s going to be perfect for those ‘special occasion’ dresses – bridesmaids, formal events, swishing down the nearest staircase pretending like you have a train to your heart’s content.”
Follow along with all of Rachel’s me-mades (including some epic quilts) on Instagram at @therltproject.
Cashmerette pal Mariah used the new expansion pack to make a glamorous boho-chic Upton Dress! She used a cotton flannel and combined the new square neckline, long fitted sleeves, and maxi pleated skirt with the Upton’s darted bodice.
Mariah made a size 16 G/H with a 1″ FBA and graded to a 20 in the waist. Her measurements are high bust 41″, full bust 47″, waist 39″, and hips 46″.
Mariah shared this with us after making her Upton:
“I love this dress. I’ve always loved the Upton, but this is amazing! It is luxurious for a workday. I made it 8 days ago, and have worn it three times since! It is amazing! I cannot speak to how perfect this dress is.”
Check out what more of Mariah’s makes on Instagram at @knitmo.
One of the great new features of the Upton expansion pack is a contoured waistband to make a separate skirt. Marianne used this new feature to make a maxi-length pleated Upton Skirt in a cotton canvas from IKEA (love that!).
Marianne made a size 32 and her measurements are high bust 50″, full bust 60″, waist 52″, and hip 68″. She’s 5′ 4″, but instead of shortening her skirt (the Upton is drafted for 5′ 6″) she used a deeper hem with a satin blanket binding finish.
Here’s what Marianne had to say about her new Upton Skirt:
“I absolutely loved this make—the process of putting it together was so enjoyable and then wearing it has just been awesome drama. Nothing swooshes like a nice heavy maxi skirt. I’ve been very into making things inspired by history and this skirt definitely scratches that itch. While my hip falls outside of the stated measurements for Cashmerette patterns, I always check the finished garment measurements—I’m almost always in good shape with the dresses. Which is awesome because I love the way these patterns are put together and the attention that is given to finishings. Plus, I mean, pockets. Now I’m planning a box pleated tea-length skirt out of wool for winter and a princess-seamed rayon challis gored maxi dress for summer!”
See more of what Marianne is up to over on Instagram at @therotund.
A big thanks to all of our makers for sewing up their Uptons and sharing photos with all of us! If you’d like to give the new Upton expansion a try, you can pick up your copy here.