July 9, 2019

Blue Stripe Rivermont

I am a cashmerette tester - and for the most part I love it!  Any time I'm unhappy with the finished garment - well it's always my own fault.  No matter how many times I take my measurements and if I'm standing up or sitting down - I almost always come out with a garment that's too big the first go round.  

Take - my tester version of the Rivermont for example.  Too big - but it's super comfortable and snuggly warm and I wear it all winter!

This is my second version of the rivermont.  I wanted to try again and make a dress that was more my size!  The fabric is from Girl Charlee from 6 or more years ago!  I made a dress for my 50th birthday from the same fabric and couldn't part with the remaining fabric. 

For this Rivermont - I used a pretty ITY left over from making a concord for the pockets and I used the same ITY to bind the neckline and sleeve hems - pulling it all together.  Actually - I think I inserted it like flat piping (and I did a pretty crap-tastic job of it!) but you can't tell from a galloping horse, so . . . .

It's amazing what actually making something up in your size will do for you! I feel amazing when I wear this dress.  Also, having a photographer who makes you laugh, helps a lot!  

Pretty sure I'm losing my balance here!  Other than using contrasting fabric for the pockets - no other changes were made to the pattern.  At some point, I'm going to make up the Rivermont top too.

The center back has a seam, but I made no attempts to match this fabric anywhere!  There are so many great places to take photos around Carriage Corner!  Thanks Carolyn :D 

Thinking about making up Rivermont?  Remember that dress will look better and you will feel better if you have some negative ease in the finished garment!  While this particular dress feels to 'fancy' to just throw on and wear while I'm making breakfast, I will add some more of these comfortable, easy to wear, easy to dress up or down Rivermonts to my closet - I'd like to say I'll a few in solid colors - but I know that won't happen - bring on the loud prints!  

Have you made a garment that you only sorta like the first go round but adore it the second time you made it?  Share them with me in the comments!  

July 4, 2019

Swing Dress

When a certain indy pattern designer came out with a fun and lovely swingy tee shirt dress - I really and I mean really - wanted it!  

But - I'm team pattern pattern.  I'm also team trace because I like having the original pattern when I need to go back to it.

So, I chatted with my dear friend Carolyn - who took all of these photos - in fact, I still haven't even downloaded the photos that JB took alongside Carolyn.  Soon - Maybe I'll just have a "fashion show' post with the photos he took!

The pattern is New Look 6469 and it appears to still be available.  But it's just a swing dress with raglan sleeves.  I have very square shoulders so raglan sleeves are good for me!  

If I remember correctly - I added 2" to the length of this dress.  It was made the night I was suppose to be packing for our Italian vacation.  I made this dress again and added a bit more length for our last vacation and it got cut up into a top when we got home.  

The fabric was a 3 yard cut from Fabric Mart that I love!  It had been pulled from the closet more than once and put back because I didn't want to 'waste it.'

While I mostly wear this dress during the winter with tights and boots - it works just as well in the summer.  It might not be the most flattering for my shape - but it's comfortable and easy to wear. 

This pattern is still on my radar to make again - with contrast sleeves - as soon as I find the right combo of fabrics.  I'm thinking a floral with stripes or polka dots would be fun.  Also - I think it could be just a smidge shorter - maybe the 2" I added?  What are you thoughts?  Do you wear comfy dresses because they are easy even when they aren't the most flattering thing you own?  

June 27, 2019


Cashmerette Holyoke Maxi Dress and Skirt sewing pattern
Line drawings
from Cashmerette

Aside:  I was doing so well blogging again and then I ran out of vacations to talk about and already photographed garments.  So, let's try this again - shall we? 

I am a pattern tester for Cashmerette - and I love it!  When the call was sent out for testers for Holyoke, I jumped all over it!  While I can't really see myself wearing the dress - I can absolutely see me wearing the maxi skirt!

The Holyoke has 2 views and both have:

  • Princess seams which are super curve-friendly and allow for easy adjustment; 
  • faux button placket down the front; 
  • elastic at the back waist; 
  • super swooshy maxi length - with is easy to shorten; and 
  • pockets

My test garment was made from some long stashed rayon that has brightly colored buildings all over it.  I love it!  I think I have a green that will coordinate to make a better top than the white I've been wearing it with.  Other notions include elastic, stabilizer and some long stashed and not sure how I was going to use them square green buttons.

I made absolutely no changes to my pattern pieces for this garment!  The only thing I did different than the instructions is to stitch the pockets to the skirt front - I just like that better than the pockets flopping around loose inside my garment.  Bonus - on anything that has a pull on waist - it's really easy to see which side is the front - just sayin'

I've already got another maxi skirt cut out of a quilting cotton and I might consider making the dress if I added a "football' sleeve to it. I also bought some red twill during our Fabric Mart trip to make another - this skirt is a winner!

I can also see this being added as a middie skirt into my closet, in denim as a tribute to Carolyn.

All photos, in this blog post and for the next few are thanks to Carolyn.  If you have trouble getting great photos for your blog - I suggest you find a friend who will make you very uncomfortable and then take the most flattering photos of you ever!  

I was laughing so hard in this one!  Then we pulled JB into the pics and you can see his most recent new shirt - very food themed with knives, forks and spoons all over it!  

So - if you have been looking for the perfect button front skirt, no matter what length you make it - I don't think you can go wrong with this one.  I'm not sure I'll ever make the summer sundress, but as a skirt - it's sure a winner! 

Next Up - the L O N G Sew Camp Review!  
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