May 1, 2023

Cashmerette Club: Meet the Hampden Dress, the Club pattern for May!

This month’s Cashmerette Club pattern is the Hampden Dress, a breezy woven dress! Join Cashmerette Club for as little as $9 to get this pattern.

When you have big boobs, dresses with buttons can gape so badly that they’re a pain to wear. You have to be on constant button alert, checking and repositioning and basically doing anything but what you’re meant to do in a sundress—which is enjoying yourself and your beautiful dress!

Well, as you know, we don’t stand for that here at Cashmerette, so that’s why we’re excited to introduce you to this month’s Cashmerette Club pattern, the Hampden Dress! We’ve designed the Hampden to be guaranteed gape-free thanks to a clever faux button placket and a pullover design with a comfortable elastic back waistband.

And to help you get even more out of your pattern collection, we’ve also designed the Hampden to mix and match with our popular Holyoke Maxi Dress & Skirt. So bring on summer!

The Hampden Dress comes in sizes 0-32 and cup sizes C-H and is available exclusively to Cashmerette Club members. Not a member yet? Join today for as little as $9 USD—cancel anytime.

Jenny is wearing a Hampden Dress in a size 18 G/H graded to a 20 waist and 16 hips. Her measurements are high bust 43″, full bust 47″, waist 39″, and hip 44″, and she is 5′ 6”.

Ana is wearing a Hampden Dress in a size 12 E/F graded to a 14 at waist and hip. Her measurements are high bust 38″, full bust 41″, waist 34″, and hip 44.5″, and she is 5′ 4”.

Brit is wearing a Hampden bodice with the Holyoke skirt in a size 6 E/F graded to an 8 at the hips. Her measurements are 34″ high bust, 37″ full bust, 29″ waist, and 41″ hips, and she is 5′ 6.5″.

Jenny is wearing the Holyoke bodice with the Hampden skirt.

Meet the Hampden Dress

Breeze into summer with the Hampden Dress! Designed for curves, comfort, and style, the Hampden features:

  • Bust-friendly fit with princess seams and cup sizes C-H
  • Zero gaping thanks to a faux button placket (and no buttonholes to sew!)
  • Elasticated back waistband for all-day comfort
  • Curved neckline with a neckline facing
  • Short sleeves with a full bicep option in sizes 12-32, or swap in the Holyoke’s sleeveless bodice
  • Knee-length skirt, or swap in the Holyoke’s maxi-length skirt
  • Roomy patch pockets to hold all your stuff, or swap in the Holyoke’s inseam pockets

This pattern is rated advanced beginner, and you can sew your Hampden with confidence thanks to our free step-by-step video sewalong!

The Hampden is designed for light- to mid-weight woven fabric such as cotton lawn, linen, or rayon. Use drapey fabrics for a flowy look or firmer fabrics for a more structured result.

Ana is wearing a Hampden in a yard-dyed stripe cotton. Jenny is wearing an upcycled lightweight denim shirting Hampden and a viscose voile Hampden/Holyoke combo. Brit is wearing a Hampden/Holyoke combo in a ditzy floral viscose. A big thank you to our friends at Core Fabrics for generously gifting us the fabric for Jenny’s denim dress and Ana and Brit’s dresses!

Mix and Match with 30% off the Holyoke!

Expand your sundress collection by mixing and matching the Hampden with the Holyoke Maxi Dress & Skirt!

The Hampden includes a sleeved bodice, knee-length skirt, and patch pockets, but you can swap any of these features out for the Holyoke’s sleeveless bodice, maxi-length skirt, and inseam pockets. You can also use the Holyoke’s skirt waistband to make a standalone Hampden skirt.

All this month, Cashmerette Club members get 30% off the Holyoke Dress & Skirt.

The Holyoke Dress & Skirt

Fabric Requirements and Finished Garment Measurements for the Hampden Dress:

Here are the fabric requirements for this pattern:

And here are the finished garment measurements:

If you’re making the Hampden bodice with the Holyoke skirt, here are the fabric requirements for that:

15% off at Hello Heidi

Our friends at Hello Heidi want to help you create your dream Hampden with 15% off throughout the month of May!

Based in Switzerland, Hello Heidi is a woman-owned shop carrying high-quality garment fabrics predominately made from natural fibers. Shop their expansive collective online (they ship worldwide) or in person if you’re lucky enough to live nearby.

Members—you can head to the Club dashboard to get this Club-exclusive discount code. Not a member? Sign up today!

Also New in the Club this Month: Masterclass & Live Event

Club members in the Plus and All Access tiers get a new fitting masterclass every month. This month, Jenny is diving into making muslins. When you’re first starting out on your sewing journey, it can feel like making a muslin will eat up all your sewing time and materials—but au contraire! In this masterclass, Jenny shows how muslins can actually save you time and fabric and shares valuable shortcuts to help you make beautifully-fitting garments with confidence.

Plus and All Access members also get access to this month’s live event all about how to make your me-mades look more like ready-to-wear. We’ve heard from many of you that you want to level up your sewing to make your garments look more professional, so Jenny’s here to help with her top tips for a wardrobe upgrade.

Can’t make it live? This event will be recorded and shared with members afterward.

We can’t wait to see what you make with this pattern! Join Cashmerette Club today to download the Hampden Dress and get started sewing instantly.

(Joining after May 2023? You’ll need to sign up at the All Access level to get the Hampden Dress.)

Let me know what you think!