I'd consider myself an experienced beginner sewist. I recently started sewing with knit fabric and decided to try out the Appleton dress. I LOVE it! The pattern is so carefully designed, and true to Cashmerette's word, the neckline has never gaped even once. I typically tie the ties looking in the mirror to get my hemline straight, and once it's tied, it never budges throughout the day. I sewed it in a light- to midweight jersey fabric (Art Gallery Fabrics jersey) and it's as comfy as a bathrobe but infinitely cuter. I'm sewing my second Appleton next!
Appleton Dress 12-32 PDF pattern
I have had this pattern for ages and finally made it. It is wonderful. I made a straight 18G and used an ITY from Telio. Instructions were clear and it went together quickly for me. The fit was good. It’s comfortable and easy to wear. I had no issues with the front neckline coming open or being to loose. I will make it again!
I’ve already made a second one because the dress was so easy to make and fit so well.
I’m impressed with the clarity of the instructions as well as the pattern design and layout. I’m a sewist from way back and recently have found that the big-name patterns have cheaped out on design and instructions. It used to be that instructions would include some tips so you could improve your skills. Not any more. In fact, some big-name pattern makers have omitted instructions and if I weren’t experienced I would have been lost and probably given up.
Thanks to Jenny Rushmore and Cashmerette, I’ve rediscovered the joy of making my own clothes. This is the first-ever Cashmerette pattern for me AND my first-ever knit fabric pattern. I’m hooked!
I think my successes have inspired some friends, too!
I made a size 14/16 C/D.
The dress is super flattering and I’ve received lots of compliments.
I made the first dress expressly for a long-haul flight to Italy. I wanted something comfortable in a natural fibre, in a fabric that wouldn’t show dirt, that would be cool in hot weather, that would be flattering and wouldn’t require ironing. Not much to ask! I now have two dresses that for the description and I’ll have to choose.
I've just made my first Appleton in a leopard print double brushed poly and it's divine. After lengthening the bodice, my first mockup fitted perfectly and the instructions were clear. The only thing I'd change on the pattern is to add a "cut here to lengthen" line on the bodice as I wasn't sure where to make the alteration.