Upton Dress & Skirt Plus Mix & Match Expansion Pack
I’ve bought almost all the Cashmerette patterns at this point, and the release of the truly impressive Expansion Pack meant it was time to try the famous Upton!
I titled my review as a reminder to check the finished measurements because I’d become so used to Cashmerette fitting me with minimal alterations (Alcott, Dartmouth, Concord, and Montrose!) that I completely forgot the fabulously fitted Upton has less ease than the others! In retrospect, I’ve been skating by with the 14 G/H in all the other patterns, but my 39” high bust and 46” full bust means I should definitely be grading sizes.
Luckily I had already planned to make an unlined top with rouleau ties instead of a zipper, so I just added button bands (with the method from the fantastic Cashmerette Shirtmaking course!) to make up for the extra 2” I needed at my widest point.
The variety of pattern pieces in the Expansion Pack also made it very easy to draft my own lantern sleeve based off the one shared by Camilla Morrison: I made the shorter flutter sleeve symmetrical and drafted the semicircle middle of the sleeve accordingly.
I will definitely be revisiting this pattern and all of its variations...with the knowledge that I need to adapt for my true measurements!
Having struggled with I’ll-fitting patterns for months, imagine my joy at finding a pattern that fits straight out of the packet!!!! Thank you Cashmerette!!
I have received more compliments on this dress then anything else I have made! The dress needed no altercations to fit perfectly, I did make it more my style with a tiered skirt and a lower neckline. Loving this pattern!
I NEED THE NEW LARGER SIZE RANGE!!!
After 15 months without eating in a restaurant, I made a reservation for a fancy steak dinner to celebrate my family all being fully vaccinated. Of course that meant making a new dress.
I'd bought the Upton pattern when the expansion came out but hadn't broken into it yet. I knew it would be the perfect fancy dress for the occasion. I chose the pleated skirt, princess V neck bodice, and short sleeves. I graded from a 14 bust to 16 waist for my muslin bodice but ended up making a straight 14. I used the size 16 skirt to have extra seam allowance for French seams, since I was using a decidedly fray-prone faux silk.
Construction was easy (other than learning how to do French seams with in seam pockets). I didn't make a lining with my muslin so I was a bit confused when it came to finish the lining at the zipper, but I trusted the sewalong, forged ahead, and I love the clean finish at the top of the zip! I can't wait to make my next Upton! (Green silk from my stash, princess seams, gored skirt, and sleeveless. Or flutter sleeves? Or...)