Meet the Appleton Dress, your new wardrobe staple. This classic wrap dress is designed to play up your curves with a crossover front, a built-in waist tie, and a deep V-neck. Designed by and for curvy women, the Appleton’s innovative neckband construction prevents gaping across your bust. Do a celebratory shimmy, because this bodice has you well covered!
SEWING LEVEL: Advanced beginner.
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Light to midweight knit fabric such as jersey or ITY, with at least 50% crosswise stretch.
NOTIONS: Ballpoint or stretch needle, thread, 6 inches (15 cm) of clear 1/4 inch (6mm) elastic (optional).
Use the dropdown menu above to order either a Printed Pattern, which will be mailed to your address, or a PDF Pattern, which can be downloaded.
The PDF comes in three files (one for each bust size), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 13 pages (3.5 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 45 pages (1.6 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 2 pages for A0, 2 pages for US (1.4 MB each)
My daughter has just started sewing her own clothes. This was the second garment she chose to make. It turned out like it was supposed to and she loves it!
What a great pattern! I'm a beginning sewer with only a few completed garments under my belt, and I had no trouble with this dress's construction or fit. I really need to buy more Cashmerette patterns! I also recommended Appleton to a newbie friend--I would indeed recommend it to any sewer.
I really liked how easy this pattern was to follow on the tutorial. Plus I was able to access the sew along on the website and that helped me tremendously! There will be some tweaks that I will do next time. I cut it too short for my liking so I will leave it a little longer. And I will lower the strap hole as it sits way too high and I cannot find it without having someone help me.
I have never has such amazing success on my first muslin. Fits amazingly. I love this pattern and found the sew along very helpful to follow. I would highly recommend.
This is a great pattern! The only adjustment that I needed to make was to grade from a size 16 bodice to a size 20 hips. I've made it three times and have fabric for at least one more. I'm a beginner sewist - the instructions are very clear, my dresses turned out great and I feel wonderful when I wear them.