Meet the Appleton Dress, your new wardrobe staple. This classic knit 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!
0-16, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
This pattern is also available in sizes 12-32 (sold separately).
Light to midweight knit fabric such as jersey or ITY, with at least 50% crosswise stretch.
Ballpoint or stretch needle, thread, 6 inches (15 cm) of clear 1/4 inch (6mm) elastic (optional).
Faith (orange Appleton) is wearing a size 8 C/D graded to a 12 waist and 14 hip. Her measurements are high bust 34", full bust 37", waist 32", hip 44", and she is 5' 5”.
Suzi (brown Appleton) is wearing a size 6 E/F. Her measurements are high bust 33", full bust 37", waist 28", and hip 38", and she is 5' 6”.
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I’m currently pregnant and wanted a pattern that could accomodate my newly enlarged bust and that would be nursing friendly, so I was delighted when the Appleton dress was released in an extended size range. The pattern fits great without any adjustments, and I love the neckline band which really does prevent any gaping. I’ve made 3 so far, and at 4 months pregnant I’m pretty much living in them - I don’t know if I’ll make it all the way to 9 months in these dresses but even if my bump outgrows them, I know I’ll get lots of use out of them once baby arrives.
This is a lovely pattern and I certainly will be making more than one. The sizing is spot on it’s so nice not to have to mess around with bust adjustments.
This was my first foray into Cashmerette patterns. It was a pleasing experience. The size calculator to determine the right size to use was great. I made the dress for my curvey daughter-in-law and she loves it. I couldn't believe how easily the dress went together, with no gaping at the neck. With grading and other basic length adjustment, it is a near perfect fit. Will make smaller cap sleeves on the next one, due to living in the tropics. The only improvement needed are the tie end holes in the side seams. I will reinforce these next time, which I am hoping will make them easier to locate when putting the dress on.
I love my Appleton Dress! I was able to easily grade between sizes and the instructions were well written and easy to understand. It was also a quick sew, which was very gratifying. I can't wait to make another one!
I used the size calculator to determine how to cut out my Appleton dress, shaking my head all the way, I just knew anything with that many size changes wasn't going to fit. Well, it fits perfectly. Never, ever had I made something I didn't have to fuss with to fit this oddly-shaped body.. Very pleased. I added a simple pleated skirt so I could show off the border print and changed the shape of the sleeve. Will be making more of these. Now we just need to be let out of quarantine so I can wear it.