I’m the #1 fan of wrap dresses – they do awesome things to curves! – so I combined all my favourite characteristics from store bought DVF dresses and hand-made versions, together with new features. The Appleton Dress has an innovative neckband which hugs the body for zero gaping (yes, even on my H bust!), a built-in waist tie, a longer under-layer for less flashing potential, and three sleeve lengths.

In just 8 steps, we’ll take you from preparing your pattern pieces to having your dress ready to wear!

Step 1: Preparing your pattern and fabric

Step 2: Cutting and notching your pieces

Step 3: Shoulders, front wrap and waist tie hole

Step 4: Assembling neckband and waist ties

Step 5: Attaching waist ties to neckband

Step 6: Sewing the sleeves

Step 7: Sewing the side seams

Step 8: Hemming