Mixing the comfort of a knit bodice with the fabric possibilities of a woven skirt, the Washington Dress gives you the freedom to play with colors and textures, for a look that’s uniquely you. Like all Cashmerette Patterns, the bodice comes in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, and G/H), which makes fitting a cinch!
Style wise, the Washington Dress gives you endless design options. The knit bodice features a figure-enhancing scoop neckline and three sleeve variations: short, three-quarter, or full length. The A-line skirt cleverly combines woven fabric with a heavy knit yoke, eliminating the need for closures and allowing you to comfortably slip the dress over your head. For additional tummy control, the front yoke can be made from a woven fabric.
SEWING LEVEL: Advanced beginner.
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). The bodice of this dress is designed to be close fitting, so if you want a more skimming fit, we recommend going up a size in the bodice. See Sizing Guide.
Bodice: Light to midweight knit fabric such as jersey or ITY with at least 50% crosswise stretch.
Yoke: Heavy knit fabric such as ponte or scuba. For more support, make from a mid to heavyweight woven.
Skirt: Mid to heavyweight woven fabric, such as cotton, linen, canvas, or upholstery fabric.
NOTIONS: Thread, ballpoint or stretch needle, universal needle, 1.5 yards (1.4 meters) 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: 11 pages (3.8 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 36 pages (1.6 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 2 pages A0, 2 pages for US (1.4 MB each)
I am the opposite of most larger women. I am big busted and narrower through the hips. This dress worked perfectly for my shape. I just narrow it from the waist down! I did have trouble and have to pull out some seams because I forgot that not all seams were not the same! Be careful of that!
I have made the Washington dress 2 times, once for myself and once for my sister. We are an `inverted triangle' shape, and used size 12GH. I adore the resultant dresses, and love that I can use some quilting cotton for the skirt part, which I also lined so I can wear it with tights (not included in the instructions but easy to add). I have tried to work out how to add pockets (other than patch pockets) and am still trying to work this out, and if I do it would be my perfect dress pattern!
I sewed the Washington dress once, but there will be more. The instructions are easy to follow.