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!  


  1. You could wear the dress as a jumper over a tee. Might be nice for the fall.

  2. I loved your version of this skirt and it's what made me want to make one from some of the rayon that lives in my fabric collection. Also, it was easy to photogragh you - you're beautiful and your yard is landscaped so well! Oh and I love it with the white tee - I don't think you need a green one but that's just me.

  3. So nice, wish I had time to sew for myself.... don't I always say that. I have only taken in 8 bridesmaid dresses this week and two wedding and more to come.

  4. Love. Love. Love. It's perfect and you look great and y'all look so full of happiness!!!

  5. It's so pretty! Sorry I didn't get to see it in person. Carolyn's pictures are amazing!


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