It’s funny: product development takes so long, that I’m often wearing the next Cashmerette Pattern months and months before it’s launched! The main challenge is keeping them off Instagram (although the eagle-eyed among you may occasionally spot a future design…) but last year just after I developed the Turner Dress I went on a little trip to Palm Springs – and I couldn’t resist taking these pictures in amongst the amazing retro desert architecture.
I made both dresses from some gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics jersey, designed by April Rhodes. This first dress is made from the Path Marker Slate design, which you can still get here. My one tip is to pre-wash the fabric – alas I didn’t (these were initially meant as samples!) and it did shrink quite a bit after washing. The weight is beautiful – just heavy enough, and really soft to wear.
I dolled it up with a tan belt and shoes from Target which I ended up wearing constantly through the summer. Sometimes it’s my “throwaway” purchases that end up being my favourites. Funny how that works.
And here’s my second Turner Dress – which ended up making it onto the cover of the pattern! It’s another Art Gallery knit – the Painting Morale from the Bound collection, available here.
And who’d’ve thunk it, but I found another co-ordinating belt from Target.
I love the Turner Dress because it’s just so easy to wear – and though these were perfect alone for the warmth of Palm Springs, I’m still wearing them layered with tights or leggings and cardigans through the winter. Honestly, most days when I wake up I want to wear a stretchy dress with an elastic waist that still looks good – and the Turner is it!
Have you tried making a Turner Dress yet? What do you think?