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)
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!
I get so many compliments on my dress. I made it with a material you'd use for leggings, so it has a lot of spandex. The construction is straightforward and clever, particularly the neckband. My only slight issue is that there are no pockets. I'll have to add some next time.
Fit the first time without any fitting challenges. (Only wished that I had used better fabric, but I was making a twall, because I never get perfect fit the first time I make a pattern.) Clear instructions, excellent pattern designed for curvy women. Loved that the pattern came already with the full bust adjustment drafted into the pattern. Innovative neck binding that prevents gapping. Was a fairly easy sew, and I will be making it again in better fabric because I can trust the fit!
I am very happy with the pattern, instructions and the result. Easy to assemble, follow and sew. The dress is elegant and simple in style, just the way I want it. Will definitely buy more patterns. By the way, are there any plans for underwear?
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