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.
Prefer tunics to dresses? No problem! Just shorten the skirt - just like the beautiful grey Washington in the photos.
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). 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.
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).
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.