Appleton Dress

I make a special effort to try and find a fabric shop whenever I go away. On our recent trip to Belgium, my Mother-in-law asked the lovely man on reception at our hotel and he was able to direct us to one called Moda Stoffen and I was in heaven.

I bought two fabrics, a Mustard patterned jersey with lots of drape and a super thick terry style sweatshirting with a furry lining for my first attempt at a Linden. It was 10% off too so that was a winner.

I used the jersey as soon as I got back and determined not to revert to Moneta mode, I fished out the Cashmerette Appleton Dress which the lovely Lhizz sent me from New Zealand with my hand-made dress swap!

It was very much pattern tetris with this, I have no fabric left at all! I was really pleased to just get three quarter sleeves out of it and I had to cut the ties slightly shorter to make the most of the fabric!

The pattern is great, it’s super easy because there are no fastenings so a quick sew.  It would’ve been even quicker if I didn’t have overlocker issues. I tried to use a yellow alongside white but the smaller spool was not working! The lovely Laura @agirlcalledboz over on instagram kindly showed me how she does it!

I’m still getting used to sewing with jersey but I’m definitely improving. The facings were the trickiest bit and they don’t match up perfectly but I think only I can see that. I used spray starch to help me control the fabric which curled up quite a bit but needed a lot of precision.

The pattern is sold as being perfect for cuvy girls and has different cup sizes and it definitely does not disappoint! It’s such a great fit and I find it really flattering. I would definitely try other Cashmerette patterns if they are this good for fit!

I made the dress especially for my Sister’s baby shower and I loved wearing it, it felt really autumnal and just the right feel for the occasion.

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