I’ve been chomping at the bit for this pattern to be released! I tested it back in August, and I love it. In fact, I’m such a fan that I’m going to blog first about my dress, then come back with another post tomorrow about the pdf details, instructions, sizing, fit and all that jazz. With a new pattern company, I figure you guys will want the full run-down!
I’m sure you’ve seen Appleton all around the blogosphere already, but just in case, here’s the deal: Appleton is Jenny’s first pattern. It runs “sizes 12 – 28, and cup sizes from C to H, with a modern fit”. I made size 16 on the bottom, and size 14 on top, with the C/D cup size option. (I’ll talk more about sizing tomorrow!)
Do you recognise this fabric from my GlobeTex haul video? It’s a mid-weight rayon knit, and it worked perfectly with the pattern. Jenny nailed her “modern sizing” – With the 50% stretch in this fabric, it’s fitted but not tight. I cavalierly cut off 4″ from the hem, because everything is always long on me… and then had to add back all 4″ with a ham band! The print hides it completely though – I know where the seam is, but I really can’t see it in these pics!
Speaking of the pictures – would you believe I took these 20 minutes before as the Project The Cannot Be Photographed pictures, which sparked the Better Pictures Project? These ones turned out so well, which just made me more frustrated that the other shots bombed. I wanted to understand WHY!
The dress is perfect for work, so I channelled “business lady” for my photoshoot: Business Lady looks for lost item in giant purse; Business Lady makes an important call; Business Lady cannot believe you just tabled that proposal at our very important outdoor meeting.
Here’s what I like about the pattern:
- Because of the built-in FBA, the wrap covers securely and the front is long enough
- Also because of the FBA, the underarm/side bust area fits more more smoothly than most patterns I sew. No fabric desperately folding to become a dart!
- The band around the neckline is wide and stays put.
- The back of the neckline is actually a shaped piece, not a straight band, which really helps the front to sit smoothly.
- The hem area of the sleeves flares out slightly, so that it perfectly aligns with the tapered sleeve once it’s folded. Such a simple detail but it makes a difference!
I’ve already tested another pattern for Jenny, and based on both experiences, I feel confident that her sizing and design are right up my alley. I know this all sounds very fangirly, so let me just say now: I got the pattern for free, but Jenny has offered all her testers one of her fabric kits in return, which is a nice gesture in return for our work. She was responsive to feedback. I was not asked to blog, I’ve never met Jenny, and I’m not, I don’t know, blogging a new pattern for stats. I honestly would pay for this pattern, and I can’t wait to try sewing it for my sister. I think this size range is something that the sewing world desperately needs! I often sew the largest size on indies, and certain designers don’t even go up to my size. I’m not tiny, but I’m not big either. We all deserve sewing patterns!!!
Now, I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the sewing details, so let me know if you have any questions about the patterns that I could answer. In the mean time, I’ll leave you with this take on the classic Cashmerette pose of, “Who, me? I’m just casually leaning against a wall with my foot up, creating angles with my body!”
Of course, mine looks more like a Jesus-flamingo, but that’s why she is the master! 😉
Are you in Cashmerette’s demographic of “curvy” – aka. busty and bigger? If not, what underserved demographic do you wish someone would design for? (Swayback’d with booty would be my ideal! 😉