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? They're available separately here.
You'll receive a printed copy of the pattern, containing all sizes. (For the PDF pattern version, click here)
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: 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.
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS & MEASUREMENTS: Click on the photos on the left to view.
My daughter wanted me to be in her wedding but I was having issues finding a dress that was flattering. I didn't want anything too young or old looking. David's Bridal was a joke for anyone bigger that a size 12. The dresses were poorly made and $200. I was able to make the Upton floor length and found a Kona solid to match the other bridal party member dresses perfectly. My dress cost me a total of $53 and fit perfectly.
This pattern got me back into "real" sewing - and figuring out how to make the patterns actually fit me. I'm not just curvy, I'm curvy in different places from most women - smaller bust, narrow shoulders, short upper torso, and curvy arms, belly, and rear. This pattern was so easy to modify for all the places I needed to add or subtract curves. Because I often am asked it I'm pregnant, I decided to draft an A-line skirt with darts matching Upton bodice and to cut the fabric on the bias. That also allowed me to eliminate the back zipper. It took 3 drafts to get all the needed modifications, but so far, I've now made: a bias cut dress with no zip, the same dress (not on bias) in a stretch cotton jersey, and another hand dyed linen dress (photo attached) not cut on the bias. Not cutting on the bias with woven fabric meant I needed a zip and with the help of a friend, I learned how to put in an invisible zipper on the side seam, so I can reach it better. I love, love, love it! I also modified the bodice by extending down the length a bit, to make a shell for some A-line skirts. That looks much nicer for work than with a simple tee.
Upton Dress printed pattern
I know, I know. Why would I want two of the same Upton patterns? I absolutely LOVE this versatile pattern. One is used strictly for the gored skirt (size 20) with V neckline (20CD) using knits. The second one I use for the box pleats (size 20) and scoop neckline in 18GH with a narrow shoulder adjustment using cotton blends. I've also used the box pleated skirt version for Cosplay dresses for the sheer comfort of knowing the dress will fit perfectly. I must mention how comfortable both dresses are to wear and compliments abound! Seems playing with fabric choices is the hardest part!! I highly recommend this pattern to Newbies and Advanced Sew Sisters & Brothers. Thank you Jenny and The Cashmerette Team for designing a flawless pattern!
I have some sewing experience with children's clothing (so easy to fit!), and I've attempted garments for myself, but the process of grading + FBA + endless muslins to start from straight-size patterns is draining. Fortunately, Cashmerette has already done that work for me with the Upton. I was able to make several design changes (raising/widening the waistband, changing the front neckline, changing the pleating arrangement) without issue on my very first go; in later rounds I've also done the conversion from darts to princess seams, which work better for my personal shape. So far I have two dresses in light apparel & quilting cottons and one in silk (just line the skirt for those fabrics) and plan to make several more, perhaps adding sleeves. It's been a very gratifying sewing experience for me.