Upton Dress Sleeve Expansion
Add sleeves to your 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. With this expansion, you can add three sleeve options: a dramatic flutter sleeve, a faced tie sleeve, or a simple cap sleeve. Let your creativity shine, while the Upton takes you from brunch to cocktails in style!
SEWING LEVEL: Advanced Beginner
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H).
- Main Fabric: Woven fabric such as cotton, linen, double gauze or upholstery fabric. Heavier fabrics will give a more structured look.
- Lining Fabric: Lightweight woven such as cotton lawn, rayon bemberg or silk crepe de chine.
- Flutter Sleeve: Lightweight wovens with a lot of drape, such as rayon or silk.
- Tie Sleeve: Light- to mid-weight wovens such as cotton or linen.
- Cap Sleeve: Woven fabric such as cotton, linen, or double gauze.
NOTIONS: Universal needle, thread, 22" invisible zipper, fusible interfacing (optional, if you're using a lightweight fabric).
The Dress Pattern PDF comes in three files (one for each bust size), so you only need to print your size. For the Sleeve Expansion PDF, see below for which pages to print for each cup 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.
- Expansion Pack: 12 pages (3.7 MB)
- Dress Pattern: 15 pages (4.8 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size):
- Expansion Pack:
- Flutter Sleeve: 16 pages (0.3 MB); C/D and E/F cup, print p. 1 - 8; G/H cup, print p. 9 - 16
- Tie Sleeve: 12 pages (0.25 MB); C/D and E/F cup, print p. 1 - 8; G/H cup, print p. 5 - 12
- Cap Sleeve: 3 pages (0.1 MB), all cup sizes print all pages
- Dress Pattern: 70 pages (0.9 MB each)
Copy shop, Dress Pattern only (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 4 pages for A0, 4 pages for US (0.8 MB each)
I ran into a lot of fitting problems, most of which I believe were due to my (apparently) weird upper body dimensions. I made seven bodice muslins. Three were for the bust. Apparently Cashmerette designs for younger full busts rather than older, smaller, droopy busts. Four more were for the shoulders/armscye. The inner edge of the shoulder strap rested just outside my shoulder edge. Even the size 12 barely rested inside my shoulder edge while most of the strap hit on my upper arm. All of the narrow shoulder adjustments I found online assume that the shoulder of the dress will mostly rest on your shoulder. So I had to redraft the shoulder, with no experience in drafting. It was complicated by the fact that I had bought the sleeve pack and was planning to add sleeves. Since I had completely changed the armscye, the sleeve had to be adjusted too. And naturally, moving the shoulder that far also required redrawing the neckline. On the other hand, grading between sizes for the bust and waist was a snap. I would normally make a swayback adjustment, but the built-in adjustment was already perfect for me.
I’ve now made 2 dresses and they fit beautifully. My only difficulty with the directions was the invisible zipper. I finally found a YouTube Craftsy video that made sense to me. I completely gave up on the instructions for attaching the lining to the zipper and just sewed it by hand.
The good news is that I now have a perfectly fitting bodice, and you can believe after all that I went through, I am going to hack the heck out of this pattern. Uptons with scooped necks. Uptons with V necks. Uptons with jewel and boat necks. Princess Uptons. Upton shirtdresses: the back on the fold, the waist dropped to the natural position, and buttons down the front, along with a collar and neck band. I can choose any sleeve length and skirt type combination. I may never need another woven dress pattern again.
Loved it was easy to adjust when you fit onto 3 sizes in one dress. Wish you would do a pant patterns
I have a stash (as most of those that sew do) but in my stash was linen border print in classic english roses that sat in that stash for 12 years waiting for the perfect pattern, the Upton Dress was it. The directions were very clear, i did raise the front neck line as i am definitely above ddd. the pleats fall in a very flattering manner. just looking for the right material for the turner dress. thank you for making patterns for real plus size women.
When I saw this pattern I knew it would suit me (it is similar style to the few RTW dresses I own that look good on me)
The most garment sewing I had done before this pattern was a skirt back in high school (many, many years ago) which didn't fit and a pair of shorts for my sister I never finished.
For my first I hoped for a wearable muslin, which happened. I made the gored skirt and, while the bodice was a little big because I didn't trust the measurements and made a straight 22 C/D instead of a 20 bodice grading to a 22 at the waist, I was able to make it wearable by taking in the side seams a little. My second I did the 20 C/D bodice and graded to 22 at the waist with the pleated skirt, I also converted the bodice to princess seams following Jenny's tutorial, it worked out well and I now have at least two more planned. I did find with heavier, less draped fabric (which my first two dresses are made of) that my pockets didn't gape when I made them from the lining fabric rather than the dress fabric (though I think the gaping also happens due to my shape).
The instructions along with the sew along meant I had no major issues with construction even though I had little clothes making experience.
I don't have the largest bust but before buying and making the Upton dress finding a pattern scared me! This pattern has given me confidence in my skills and made me realise I can have clothes that I like and fit! I have since made 2 skirts using Jenny's Upton skirt hack instructions (I didn't even know what pattern grading or hacking meant a few months ago!) and I am in the process of combining the bodice from a different pattern and the gored Upton skirt (I didn't want the A line the other pattern came with). Thanks Jenny!!
Very happy with the dress pattern, especially love that I did not need to do a full bust adjustment. Pattern fit like a charm!