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 is very difficult to fit - EE bust, tiny waist, generous bottom, extremely short-waisted and hollow-chested. Buying or sewing clothes has always been a difficult, tearful experience. Today she put on the Appleton dress I finished yesterday. She is glowing and the first words out of her mouth were "I have never had a dress that fitted me so well." She absolutely adores the dress. I cannot tell you what it means to us to finally be able to dress her in beautiful, flattering clothes. I used the sew-along links twice just to ensure that I was on the right track, but the instructions were good and I found the pattern easy to sew. Thank you so much for giving my daughter the experience of putting on a dress and feeling and looking beautiful.
This pattern is amazing. It's so easy to get the perfect fit with the number of sizes & cups available. The instructions are clear (and if you get stuck, there's a sewalong on the blog!). I couldn't recommend this pattern enough if you're curvy and looking for a classic "true" wrap dress!
I made two Appleton's in one week! Instructions were great and the sewalong made it even easier. We had an award dinner to go to and my second version I made in two days. I added stretch lace to the neckbands, belt and sleeves. I drafted an A-line maxi skirt that I matched to the waist line and hip notches on the original pattern and it turned out great! I received many compliments through the night!
I’m so excited to make this dress. Finally a pattern that will fit my curvy shape. I will send a picture when it’s finished.
I am a beginner sewist and the appleton is the first garment I have sewn that I will actually wear in public. That says a LOT. The instructions along with the online tutorial made the construction a breeze. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would!