So I’ve sewn the first of my #sewtogetherforsummer wrap dresses; the Appleton by Cashmerette. I’m kicking myself for not trying this pattern sooner as it’s such a simple and quick sew yet is brilliantly drafted to ensure a really great fit.
I’ve sewn a few wrap dresses in my time (see McCalls 7119 here and here, New Look 6301 and McCalls 6884 for example). I think one of the key reasons for wanting to make this years’ #sewtogetherforsummer challenge about the wrap dress stems from the fact that I’ve really struggled to find a traditional wrap dress pattern that does a passable job of fitting and flattering my bust line straight out of the envelope.
I can safely say that search is over.
To get the right fit, the Appleton requires a light to medium weight jersey with 50% crossways stretch. I fell upon this viscose and spandex blend fabric from Sew Essential; it’s on the lighter side of medium, has lovely drape and movement and handles beautifully. It’s black, with a grey and mushroom coloured floral motif – teeny but not too ditzy – that I thought would transition well day-to-evening depending on what footwear I was wearing! (I also love that you can purchase the fabric in increments of 1/2 a metre!)
The Appleton is your classic wrap dress with a low cut V wrap neckline; built-in waist ties and sleeve length options. It comes with different cup sizes – Yey! I cut a size 12 and the C/D cup. There is no seperate bodice piece; it’s simply front, back, bands and sleeve.
The amount of negative ease built into this dress at the bust means a lot of redrafting issues become moot; for example a 40” bust size has a finished measurement under 33” – the stretch in the fabric aiding the fit, together with the neck/front band and built in waist ties you’re ensured a snap finish at the bust…it really is secure!
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The start of my Appleton wrap dress … and a looooong pattern piece – this is the neck, front band and waist ties connected, ie the stuff that should 🤞 hold the wrap of this dress together!! Using a fab jersey from @sewessentialuk #sewtogetherforsummer #neckband #knitdress
In fact the only thing I did was to take a little out of the length and cut the sleeve so it fit just above my elbow.
You can get quite a different look with the dress depending on where you wrap the ties, at Empire height or at your natural waist. My only gripe really is I find that the hole to feed the ties through sits a tad high on me so that the ties start to wrap most naturally under the chest. Next time I’d contemplate moving the hole down a smidge. Oh and I like to use dissolvable double sided Wonder Tape to hold those seams nicely in place when it comes to finishing that hole at the side seam where the tie threads through!
There’s not much else I can say; it really is that easy to put together!
So that’s the traditional wrap dress made … I now find myself obsessing about the By Hand London ‘Orsola’ which wraps at the back and can be made in a woven. If you’re quick, we’ve still got a discount running on that pattern, plus others!
And Suzy has made a gorgeous Sew Over It ‘Eve’ Dress…
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Thank you everyone for the stupendous reception to the launch of #sewtogetherforsummer. It will be great to see all your wonderful makes. In the meantime, here is my first wrap dress for the summer. It's the #evedress by @sewoverit in cotton lawn from my lovely local shop @tejidosarcoiris @rosarivera_arcoiris it will be a great dress for summer. #sewingchallenge #makeitsewcial #memadeeveryday #handmadewardrobe
I’ll be back very soon with our Burda and Big Four Wrap Dress Pattern Picks to inspire you; you can also read Helen of Helen’s Closet pick of the best Indie wrap dress patterns here.
Until next time, happpy Sewing!
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