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.
. . . The pattern is good. It makes a nice quality dress. I made it somewhere around the 10 range for upper bust, G cup, and 14 waist and hip. Now that I've had a chance to wear both versions I made, I do think it looks way more flattering on some of the other women than it does on me. I'll have to pin it, as the wind really likes to play under that front flap and give onlookers a free show. I lengthened it to slightly below knee length because at or just above the knee is not a length that flatters me.
The neckline is a good quality, the customer service and sizing help was perfection, and the directions are clear and easy to follow. Sewing is always a challenge for me because I never know if the style will flatter my form until it's been made, and sometimes adaptations are not possible or are not worth the time and frustration of unpicking and winging it.
Would I make it again? Maybe not for my body. Would I recommend it to others? Sure.
It's a good pattern.
The pattern was clear, sizing was spot on, help was readily available, and I'm pleased with the outcome. Also, the wrapover is generous enough to cover and protect against exposure from stiff breezes, but not so voluminous as to invite my preschooler to tent under it.
The finished dress...fits beautifully. I thought hard before buying--there are other patterns out there that cost less--but after giving this a try, I'm convinced it's worth every penny and more. Acarefully developed and tested pattern that doesn't end up wasting my bamboo terry fabric is worth its weight in gold.
I’ve been searching for a wrap dress pattern and this is the best! I love the size finder with the suggestion of what size to choose and how much if a bust adjustment to do. It fit perfect the first time around which never happens!