The Sewing Workshop’s Fillmore Duster

Mairin modeling The Sewing Workshop Fillmore Duster
Mairin modeling The Sewing Workshop Fillmore Duster

The Sewing Workshop: Fillmore Duster

Leave it to the Sewing Workshop for another of their pronounced “avant-garde patterns for the adventurous sewer.” The Fillmore Duster is definitely unique. Read on for Bonnie’s thoughts on this pattern!


“Knee-length, button-front duster with circular pockets, winding seamlines and strategic tucks. Soft, fold-down mitered collar and extended shoulders. Narrow stitched hems and armhole binding. Wrong side of the fabric shows.”


XS-XXL, Bonnie made this is an XS


Bonnie found the instructions easy to follow. However, she would have liked better illustration detail for the front placket, and noted that the pattern does not include finished measurements. Bonnie likes the unique details but wonders if all the added elements make for “too much of a good thing.” As it is worn over a sweater or top, she does not suggest extending the shoulders.

The back of the Fillmore Duster has unique seam details.
The back of the Fillmore Duster has unique seam details.

Bonnie top stitched the back seams to enhance the seam detail. Bonnie was concerned the armholes would not be large enough to accommodate bulkier tops and decided to enlarge the armholes at underside and add to the armhole binding length. She folded under the seam allowance at neck and top stitched.  She did 6 buttons instead of 8.

Be sure to note wrong side of fabric shows on collar! Bonnie enjoyed sewing this duster and thought it turned out better than envisioned. The pattern pieces went well together and the plaid fabric looked great! The Duster could be very bulky depending on weight and flow of fabric – there’s a lot of material. Bonnie notes that the pattern does not have any shortening or lengthening adjustments available.  If she wanted to make it in a larger size, she would not make it as wide (a large is 6” wider at 60”!) Fortunately, it could be modified to be narrower in width without changing the look.

Detail of the Fillmore Duster's front, including pockets.
Detail of the Fillmore Duster’s front, including pockets.

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