Make a statement in the Upton Dress, the most versatile pattern in your stash! This gorgeous fit-and-flare dress is tailored to your curves with flattering necklines, a fully lined bodice, and hidden pockets. Even better, the design is in your hands, as you choose from a scooped or V-neck, high or low back, and a gored skirt or deep, dramatic box-pleats. Let your creativity shine, while the Upton takes you from brunch to cocktails in style!
Want to add sleeves to your Upton Dress? An Upton sleeve expansion pack is available.
SEWING LEVEL: Advanced beginner.
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
Main fabric: Woven fabric such as cotton, linen, double gauze or upholstery fabric. Heavier fabrics will give a more structured look.
Lining: Lightweight woven such as cotton lawn, rayon bemberg or silk crepe de chine.
Optional: interfacing for waistband (if using a lightweight fabric).
NOTIONS: Universal needle, 22" invisible zip.
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: 15 pages (4.7 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 70 pages (0.9 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 3 pages for A0, 4 pages for US - print 1, 3, & 4 for view A, print 1 - 2 for view B (0.8 MB each)
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- Grading Between Sizes - Top or Dress with Bust and Waist Darts
Cashmerette patterns are so intuitive. The written instructions and the pictures really make it so I'm not seam ripping more than I'm actually sewing!!! The fit is the best I've ever experienced.
Even when I was a smaller size 12 I could never get big pattern company patterns to fit because of my large bust. I had almost given up on ever sewing anything for myself other than skirts when I tried this pattern. I was amazed that it actually FIT almost perfectly on the first try. To get a perfect fit all I had to do was take in a little at the side seams and adjust for my slim shoulders. I nearly cried I was so overjoyed!! Plus size girls and curvy girls rejoice! Thank you so much for this pattern, I can’t wait to sew more dresses.
I bought the Upton pattern when it first came out and since that first weekend I have made no less than six Uptons-- I have used gathered skirts, gored skirts, circle skirts, tiered gathered skirts, bias cut floor length mermaid skirt with tail (and fancy back drape). I have made square neck lines, scoop necklines, and v-necks. I have put sleeves on it (although most of the time it's sleeveless). My favorite variations is where I have drafted the waistband on to the bodice. I have made it in cotton lawn, voile (x2), seersucker, cotton flannel, and crepe satin. When I need a dress for an occasion, I make an Upton. I graduated with my master's degree and it was the obvious choice. This is a workhorse dress that can be adapted for every possible use.
My measurements are Upper bust 40, full bust 46, waist 38-39 and hips 45. I have a slightly rounded belly and I'm 5'3". I wear a 36H cup bra. I cut a size 18 H cup (to which I added an 1/4th of an inch to the center back seam because I had a terrible time putting a lapped and/or invisible zip in it.
You can find all of them on my instagram @knitmo.
This pattern was easy to use, with great instructions. I appreciated the multiple bust options. For once, I had to do no tweaking at all to make a dress fit my shape! Love it!