Cashmerette released the Appleton wrap dress some time ago, it has been hailed by curvy sewists as the ultimate wrap dress! The pattern envelope had me sitting easily in a 12C, while I wear an F cup bra – hmmm. I was going to pop all 3 Appletons in one post but oy, the word count!
V1 – Magenta Rose inspired by this fabric, from Joy’s Fabric Warehouse – Geelong. Joy and co. have now closed their business, but they certainly excelled themselves with some excellent fabric offerings to the bitter end. I and the sewists of Geelong will really miss this shop which seemed to improve during my 1 year sojourn.
For the first version of Magenta Rose I wrung my fists over the ‘pattern matching’ and completely f***ed it up by ignoring the obvious. How did I miss that this fabric was designed for a wrap? How did I miss that the designer had NOT intended for the diamond shapes to sit at my side waist? BIG MISTAKE and such a waste of precious fabric. Too tight, the diamond just would not sit in it’s strategic position and so off I trotted for more of this gem of a fabric calling the first version – la toile!
about a zillion pattern alterations after the first false start. Added lots more fabric to the ‘wrap’, more than the size 14 would have added, depth added to the armscye, lowered the waist, lengthened the dress by about 10cm and majorly altered the sleeve. In fact so many alterations that once again I was forced to ponder the wisdom of using patterns when I could have spent half a day drafting – in reality a quicker option. Though I don’t for a moment think I would have made such a beautiful job of the neck band. It just fits so well around the side and back neck.
The stratospheric rise of the DVF inspired wrap dress surely has something to do with the adaptability to various body shapes, a one size fits most situation. Having worn these 3 Appletons for a while now, I have to confess to an inordinate amount of adjustment and fiddle factor throughout the day and a slip is compulsory. The cleavage reveal is just too much despite massively reducing the plunge of that neckline and I’m not comfortable with so much on display – the skin ain’t what it used to be!
Also a stray breeze can leave one justifying one’s underwear choices!
7 weeks until relocation back to Sydney! Oh and I managed to download an app to my phone that allows me to use my Sony camera remotely – wee heeee!