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Embrace your romantic side with the Alcott Dress! This dreamy fixed wrap dress features an empire waist and two design variations. View A has a knee-length full skirt and cap or elbow-length flutter sleeve, while View B features a ruffled midi skirt and long, ruffled sleeves. An optional maternity skirt is also included.
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SEWING LEVEL: Advanced beginner.
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
Light- to mid-weight knit fabrics with at least 20% stretch, such as jersey or ITY.
NOTIONS: Ballpoint or stretch needle, thread, twin needle (optional), 1.75 yd (1.6 m) of ¼” (6 mm) wide elastic, 1.33 yd (1.25 m) of 2” (5 cm) wide elastic (knit or waistband)
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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: 15 pages (3.8 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 55 pages (0.7 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 3-4 pages (0.3 MB each)
I wasn't intending this dress to be my first foray into garment sewing with a proper pattern, but when quarantine hit the only pattern I could make work with my stash was this so I decided to go for it. I'm so glad I did! The entire process, from selecting my size in the layered PDF so that I wouldn't get confused as to which line to cut along, to following the detailed instructions all the way to the end, was straightforward and easy to follow. This dress was so much fun to make and though it didn't turn out perfect I now feel much more confident about my ability to sew clothes. I have an Upton dress cut out and waiting for the return of my sewing machine and I can't wait to get working. Thank you for designing such lovely patterns!!
I was very excited to make this dress! I made my usual mods - lengthen bodice and grade out waist one size. However., after applying the elastic to the neckline, the bodice didn't fit at all. It rode up and was unusable. I salvaged the dress by making the Washington top instead, and that turned out very well. I think I'd make this dress again , but make the top the same way as the Dartmouth top, which fits me very well.
I love the Alcott dress. It´s a fun sew, clever construction of the front bodice and I feel gorgeous in them. Yes, I made 2 right away, and more to come...
The Alcott is my first Cashmerette pattern. And I must say it was a true joy working with this pattern – the instructions were easy to follow, and the fit is great! I made a 24 E/F with ¾ sleeves, and added the pockets from the Turner dress hack.
I've made two versions of the Alcott Dress and I love it so much! The flutter sleeves are graceful and interesting without being over-the-top. The defined waist gives me an hourglass and the skirt skims beautifully over my build without showing my belly. Plus, best of all, as I shout from the rooftops: NO FBA NEEDED! I hope to add plenty more to my wardrobe.