AKA - The Bronco's Dress.
Once again I was a tester for Cashmerette. I am currently having a love/hate relationship with pattern testing. There are a few reasons for this. A. I've mentioned before that I really, really dislike putting together PDFs and no matter how careful I am in trimming my pages, I always have trouble putting them together and getting them to lay flat - BUT I realize that is on me and not the pattern. 2. I often feel like testing feels like a job and takes the relaxing out of sewing for me. Those issues aside - when I saw the line drawings for the Upton dress I was All In!
At that same shopping trip with Niema where I bought the Nicole Miller animal print - I also bought this Nicole Miller rayon twill. I loved the colors.
The Upton is a sleeveless dress, with a 4 dart bodice front, and both waist and shoulder darts in the back. There are 2 neckline options (V or Round). There is a waist band and the option of a deep box pleats or a gored skirt. If you need to have sleeves it would be easy enough to add a sleeve - I'm a big fan of adding the football shaped cap sleeve to sleeveless dresses - it adds just enough that if your job dress code requires sleeves, you'd be compliant.
And - the Upton has all important pockets and is lined through the waist with a back zipper. I would add either belt loops or thread chains to a future make because I like wearing a belt but like to keep it on the waistband.
In the view I made (V-neck, box pleats) there is no neckline gaping, no need for a swayback adjustment and it's a fun, twirly, girly dress - but subdued enough for work wear.
Due to the testing period - I finished this dress right before the Superbowl and is my habit, I wore my newly finished dress to the Superbowl party we went to. Because my fabric is navy blue with pops of orange - JB dubbed it The Broncos Dress! Apparently what I wear influences the outcome of the SuperBowl because the Broncos won. There has been a request to make an Eagles dress :\
If I remember correctly (I really should start drafting blog posts as I make things, rather than try to remember 5 month later!) I assembled and traced the PDF one weekend while I was prepping my fabric. The next weekend I cut it out and sewed it up. There is a beautifully inserted orange invisible zipper - which has never been undone because in it's too big state - the dress slips right over my head without unzipping.
|See how good the back looks?|
- This is a great dress that is easy to wear
- It feel feminine and flirty
- In the scoop neck, gored skirt in wool it would be a workhorse
- This pattern will be used make a great TNT to do 'inspiration' dresses ala Carolyn