Why did I take so long to buy a Cashmerette pattern? Why? The Cashmerette blog is one of the things that inspired me to to take my first (and only, so far) sewing class. Let me just say, I wish I had bought one sooner. I have future plans for the Dartmouth pattern, but for now I have completed the Upton dress in View B, with the gored skirt, for our rehearsal dinner.
I scored this clearance Nate Berkus blue palm upholstery fabric. I’m glad the Upton is partially lined, because it is a bit scratchy. Let me warn you ahead of time, I did zero pattern matching which wouldn’t be terrible on it’s own, except I didn’t realize the palm leaves were directional until I was damn near finished. Oops! In my mind they were going in all different directions.
The sizes I cut were 24D in the bodice and 24 for the waist. The bodice was a little short on my chest, meaning it did not cover my boobs so I lengthened it about 2 inches. I cut the gored skirt pieces at size 28 and then graded in the very top of the waist to a 24 so the skirt would be a bit fuller.
The big alteration I made to this pattern was adding lined sleeves. Again, I just like sleeves and I really didn’t want to cover this pretty dress with a shrug or sweater. So I had to attach the sides before the instructions mentioned it. I pretty much followed the instructions from Professor Pincushion on YouTube to line the sleeve and attach it to a lined bodice. (She is terribly helpful, by the way.)
Hand-sewing the sleeve lining to the bodice lining took me through several episodes of GLOW on Netflix.
After that I followed the instructions, and I must be getting better at installing zips because I installed a 22″ invisible zip in one go!
Oops! I left a few basting stitches in when I took this photo.
So now that it is all together and finished it is pretty clear that the palms go in different directions. It actually doesn’t really bother me. It just bothers me that I didn’t notice sooner so I would have a choice in the matter! I have about 1/4 yard of leftover fabric.
One of the first things I noticed after trying on my Upton is that I have never purchased a dress that fits me this well. I have also never made a dress that fits me this well. It is really eye-opening to see what I thought fit well before I started to sewing and what I think fits well now. There are so many things I bought that “almost” fit.
In between finishing this dress we had to do some house chores and started replacing our rotting deck during the hottest week on record here! We are about halfway done. Whew! I hope you are at the pool right now because that’s where I would like to be!