A parade of Washington dresses

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When the Washington dress pattern was first released I wasn’t 100% sure if I could see myself wearing it but as a loyal Cashmerette fan I had to buy it on the day of its release.  I hung onto the pattern for a couple of weeks until a few blog posts started to appear and I could start to visualise how the dress might work for me.

My first version of the Washington was made in 100% ponte, I skipped the woven skirt (blog post here)  As soon as I put the dress on for the first time I knew it was going to become a wardrobe staple.

My teal ponte version did come out a little on the large side, a combination of me picking the wrong size and also changing the woven skirt out for a knitted ponte.  So for my second version (blog post here) I went down a size, added in a full bottom adjustment and shortened the bodice by 1 inch.  I was really pleased with the fit and there began my love affair with the Washington.

During the last two weeks I have made up four new versions and I already have another two cut out waiting to be sewn ……….

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Washington dress in pink and black

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After making and blogging about my new teal ponte Washington Dress yesterday (HERE) I decided I wanted to have a go at using the correct fabric for the skirt section i.e. a woven cotton.  I really like my ponte version but it does seem to be on the large side.  And as I am a larger lady to begin with, I really don’t need to be adding any more width, especially around my hip area.

Please don’t think I’m criticising the Washington pattern, I absolutely am not, the pattern is brilliant. The issues were caused by my decision to go renegade and not use the correctly suggested fabric.  Because I used a ponte knit I should have realised that the finished skirt would run larger than the same sized skirt made with a woven.


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Washington Dress in Teal

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When the new Washington Dress pattern and photos were released on Monday I thought how gorgeous the three models (including Jenny) looked in their versions of the dress.  However, I’m in my early 50s and I just couldn’t picture me wearing anything like the designs being shown.  But I am a true Cashmerette fan and I adore the Appleton dress so I had to order a copy of the pattern even if, at the time, I wasn’t sure I would actually make it myself.

Luckily Elaine quickly posted a review and photos of some of her Washington Dress makes – a gorgeous lacy top version and a two pattern hacked tunics.

Elaine is in a similar age demographic to myself and once I had seen her versions I realised that I could make this dress work for me.  Hooray to all of the other bloggers out there who take the time and effort to show what they have made.  I find it really helps me to see the endless possibilities of any particular pattern


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Appleton with cherries

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I have a busy week ahead of me, supper out tonight with friends, a WI committee meeting tomorrow night, on Friday I have more friends over and then I’m out again for supper on Saturday.  This isn’t normal I assure you – much as I love eating and spending time with friends, I’d soon put on even more weight if I kept up this pace every week.

Even though I have a growing wardrobe of me-made clothes, whenever I’m due to meet up with friends I get this over riding urge to make something new to wear.  Now, that in itself isn’t so bad but for some reason, as sod’s law would predict, it doesn’t matter how many times you have made something, the Sewing Gods of Doom will know you are time limited and decide to play tricks on you.  I really should learn from experience, plan ahead and not leave things until the last minute!  Am I the only one who does this?


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Appleton wrap dress in grey

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As soon as I read about the new wrap dress pattern from Cashmerette, The Appleton, I just knew I had to buy it.

  • It comes in sizes 12 to 28 – something that the Big 4 pattern companies rarely offer.  Yay big cheer for independent companies.
  • It has the options of three cup sizes C/D, E/F and G/H – no need to mess around with a FBA – yippee.
  • The unique design of the neckband means no gaping and so no unplanned exposure of my cleavage (not that there is ever any planned exposure, heaven forbid!)


I downloaded the pdf version of the pattern on the day of release as I just wanted to get hold of my copy.  However, as is often the case, life got in the way and I didn’t get around to making it as quickly as I planned.  When the paper version of the pattern became available here in the UK I purchased that as well.  I still feel far more comfortable with a physical paper pattern in my hand, I don’t know why.

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