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June 12, 2017

Introducing the Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress!

As the summer finally starts in Boston, I’m thrilled to introduce you to our latest pattern, the Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress!

Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress

Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress

I’ve always wanted a cute, flowy summer top and dress with fashionable strappy details – but never been able to find one that didn’t flash my bra or tent from my bust. That’s why I designed the Webster Top and Dress – a flowy, chic and bra-friendly top and dress that you’ll reach for all summer long (Down under? It also pairs well with leggings and a cardi!).

Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress

Rachel is wearing View A (Top) in a size 18 G/H, and she’s 5’5″

Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress

I am wearing View B (Dress) in a size 20 G/H, and I’m 5’6″

The Webster Top & Dress are fitted through the shoulders and bust, and then flare out with lots of ease for a floaty, breezy silhouette. They both have a V-neck front and back (just high enough to cover your bra band), cross-over straps at the back (don’t like straps? Just leave them off), and a high-low hem. As always, Cashmerette Patterns have an armscye designed for larger busts, which means no side-bra flashing.

The top & dress have an all-in-one facing to get a beautiful flip-free neckline, and if you combine it with french seams, you can have fully finished insides.

Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress

View A is a top/tunic length, which covers your bum at the back, and is the perfect pair for jeans or leggings. I’m in love with my rayon lemons Webster (it’s been quite a challenge keeping it off social media!). Want to make it a longer tunic? That’s super easy – just add length at the shorten/lengthen line on the pattern pieces.

Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress

Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress

View B is the Webster Dress, with a deep hem band added to the bottom – use a contrasting fabric for a color-blocked effect! As designed (for 5’6″), it is just above the knees at the front, and just below the knees at the back. Again, you can shorten or lengthen to your heart’s desire.

Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress

Cashmerette Webster Top & Dress

Make your Webster from a lightweight woven with a nice drape, like rayon challis, cotton voile or silk crepe de chine. I’m a huge fan of my washed silk and rayon versions! Depending on your fabric, this can be an every day garment for casual weekends, or a beautiful dress for special occasions.

The Webster is rated as “advanced beginner” because of the floaty fabric used and constructing the all-in-one facing, but a brave beginner could definitely tackle this, and we’ll be doing a step-by-step photographic sewalong on the blog to help you along.

The Webster Top & Dress comes as a beautifully printed pattern, or an instant gratification PDF download (with print at home and copyshop options).

And as always, Cashmerette Patterns are designed for curves, in sizes 12 – 28 and cup sizes C – H.

Webster Top & Dress Kits

The key to an amazing Webster is using the right fabrics, and we’ve sourced some amazing fabric kits for you! All the kits come with the fabric and interfacing you’ll need to make a Webster Dress (and if you make the Top, you’ll have some extra to make another garment!), have the option of coming bundled with a printed or PDF pattern, or just the fabric & interfacing alone.

The first two kits sold out in our pre-sale yesterday (all the more reason to sign up for our newsletter before next time!), but we still have two lovely kits left:

This beautiful purple sandwashed rayon is being worn by Rachel on the cover. It’s hard to capture how amazing this is in a photo – it’s is super soft and drapey with an ever-so-slightly faded quality that’s achieved through sandwashing. It makes a truly beautiful understated Webster.

And then we have a geometric rayon challis that’s worthy of sunglasses! I love this bold, colorful pattern – perfect for a summery garment. The drape is wonderful and it is fantastically soft.

There’s tons of potential for creative fun with the back straps (or you can leave them off if you prefer), which I’ll be showing you in the upcoming weeks – the only limit is your imagination! And, we’ll be doing a photographic step-by-step sewalong, helping you along each step of the way.

I hope you’re as excited about the Webster Top & Dress as I am, and I can’t wait to see what you make! Make sure you tag your makes with #WebsterTop or #WebsterDress on social media so everyone can see your amazing garments.


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April 17, 2017

Pocket time! Add pockets to the Cashmerette Turner Dress

We sewists have many advantages over poor Ready-to-Wear buying ladies, and surely one of the mightiest is: the pocket!

Yep, pockets are scarce in women’s clothes in stores; I do not know why (a handbag industry conspiracy?!). But, you can add them into almost any garment when you sew.

Turner Dress with pockets

So it was only natural to add one into my fave Turner Dress. Perfect for storing my phone while strolling around LACMA….

Turner Dress with pockets

I love this geometric windowpane Turner Dress that I made with ponte from Fabric Godmother. It’s gorgeous and thick and cosy, though watch out: it’s also really melty, so you need to use a very cool iron. That may or may not be a melted bit under my right boob…

And now, dear ones, you can have a Turner Dress with pockets too.

Turner Dress with pockets

To get the free Turner Dress pocket and tutorial on how to sew it, simply sign up to my newsletter below, and you’ll get the free downloadable PDF tutorial in an instant!

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  3. You will be sent a second email which has a link to download – the subject line of the email is “Cashmerette Turner Dress Pocket: Subscription Confirmed”.  Don’t see the email? Check your junk folder, and make sure you clicked on the confirmation email.

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March 13, 2017

Introducing the Cashmerette Dartmouth Top

I often find myself wanting a top that’s as comfortable as a t-shirt but a bit more sophisticated… and that’s why I designed the latest Cashmerette pattern, the Dartmouth Top. It’s a cross-over jersey top that’s as cosy as your favorite tee, but polished and chic enough for the office or a fancy brunch at the weekend.

The Cashmerette Dartmouth Top

Cashmerette Dartmouth Top

Cashmerette Dartmouth Top

Cashmerette Dartmouth Top

The Dartmouth Top has two views: view A has a ruched front, and view B has a flat front. Pick whichever you prefer, or make a pair! And there are three sleeve lengths: short, three-quarter, and long. It has a narrow gape-free neckband so you don’t have to worry about accidental exposure.

Cashmerette Dartmouth Top

Cashmerette Dartmouth Top
Cashmerette Dartmouth Top

The Dartmouth Top looks great made in jersey (rayon, cotton or silk are all great options), or light to mid-weight sweater knits, and can be dressed up or down depending on what you make it with! It’s “Advanced Beginner” level but it’s a totally do-able project for an adventurous beginner, and a quick evening’s sew for a more advanced sewist.

Cashmerette Dartmouth Top

As always, the Cashmerette Dartmouth Top comes as a beautifully printed pattern, or an instant gratification downloadable PDF (complete with at-home and copyshop versions). And, it’s designed for curves, in sizes 12 – 28 and cup sizes C – H (not sure what size to choose? Check out this post!).

Wondering how the Dartmouth compares to the Appleton Top hack?

  • The Dartmouth Top has a fixed cross-over front, while the Appleton is a “true” wrap (i.e. opens up like a robe)
  • The Dartmouth Top has a higher neckline
  • The Dartmouth Top is constructed differently, and has less negative ease
  • The Dartmouth Top has a narrower neckband, and the ruched front option

Cashmerette Dartmouth Top Kits

And, like always, we have some kits for you! We found three fabulous rayon jerseys that are a great match for the Dartmouth Top. Left to right there is a purple/yellow plaid (so pretty in person!), blue hatch, and a rich burgundy. The kits come with the fabric and elastic you’ll need, and the option of a printed or PDF pattern.

Cashmerette Dartmouth Top

We hope you love your new Dartmouth Tops – my testers told me they’ve been wearing theirs all the time! As always, make sure you tag us with your makes on social media: add #DartmouthTop and we’ll be sure to send you all the heart eyes. And, keep an eye out for the sewalong coming soon.


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January 9, 2017

Introducing the Cashmerette Harrison Shirtdress!

There’s no doubt that the sewing community loves a good shirtdress, so I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you today to the latest Cashmerette Pattern: the Harrison Shirtdress!

Harrison Shirtdress

Based on our best-selling Harrison Shirt, it combines the double princess seams that you love with a flowy silhouette and no-gape sleeveless armholes.

Want to make a sleeved version? No worries! A simple tutorial will be following tomorrow.

Harrison Shirtdress

Harrison Shirtdress

The Harrison Shirtdress is available in two formats:

  • Expansion Pack ($7). If you already have a copy of the Harrison Shirt, you can buy the expansion pack which has the additional pattern pieces you’ll need to make the Harrison Shirtdress, and brief additional instructions.
  • Full pattern ($14). If you don’t already have a copy of the Harrison Shirt, you can buy the full pattern which has all the pattern pieces you need to make your Shirtdress, and full instructions for making the dress.

Harrison Shirtdress

The Harrison Shirtdress works fabulously in flowy fabrics like rayon, cotton voile or even silk, and has a more structured look if you choose something with a bit more weight like chambray or linen.

The double princess seams combined with the cup sizing from C/D to G/H mean you can get a great fit through the bust, and the additional ease and shaping at the waist and hip mean you can sit down without having to worry about gaping (make sure to measure yourself sitting down to ensure you sew the right size).

Harrison Shirtdress

This pattern is available as a PDF only, which includes files for printing at home, or taking to a copyshop (in US and A0 sizing). As always, it’s available in sizes 12 – 28, and cup sizes from C – H – and with our PDF files you only need to print out the cup size you need.

Harrison Shirtdress

Finally, we also have a kit for you! This beautiful Japan-inspired dark purple/blue rayon has tiny dark and light blue flowers, and has a great drape for the Harrison Shirtdress – and no pattern matching required. The kit comes with fabric, interfacing and 18 co-ordinating buttons, and you can buy it with the expansion pack pattern, or the full pattern. You can buy the kit here.

Harrison Shirtdress kit

Whether you wear it out in the sun, with a cozy cardigan, or add on sleeves, we hope you love your next Shirtdress!

Harrison Shirtdress


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December 30, 2016

Your Cashmerette makes! Holiday Roundup

If there’s one thing that brings a smile to my face, it’s seeing women around the world wearing their Cashmerette Patterns garments – and it’s been doubly fun seeing all your creative and beautiful makes for the holidays!

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Let’s kick it off with three gorgeous Upton dresses: Tanya in lovely sateen, Pearl used a border print to absolutely wonderful effect, and Sumiko used metallic Cotton+Steel cotton to make a fabulous maxi version.

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Next up, the Turner Dresses. Andie whipped hers up in an hour (!!!!) for Xmas lunch, adapting it by using a scoop neckline and neckband (want to alter your Turner neckline? Here’s a tutorial). Laura used a stretch burgundy velvet to make a super festive dress, and Kenna hacked hers to make a cross-over bodice.

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Hannah made not one, not two, but three Cashmerette dresses for the holidays! Here’s her burgundy Turner Dress. Laura made a beautiful purple Upton dress, which goes fantastically with her cardi. And Margo made this novelty Christmas Harrison Shirt to entertain her grandkids – and reports back that it did!

Cashmerette PatternsHere’s another one of Hannah’s lovely makes – it’s an Appleton Dress, and it’s actually her first ever hand-made dress, if you can believe it! Mary Alice wore her maxified Appleton and is looking gorgeous as always. And Katie made a really creative Concord T-shirt hack for a totally different look – so clever!

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And finally, I wore Cashmerette too. My black polka dot Turner Dress, which is probably my favourite thing I made all year. We still also have a handful of kits left, if you’re interested in making your own.

Happy holidays from Cashmerette Towers! Did you wear Cashmerette for the holidays? I’d love to see what you made.


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December 27, 2016

What a year! Cashmerette’s 2016 in review

The blog you’re reading today has been around since 2010, but 2016 was the first full year for Cashmerette Patterns – and what a year it was! As seems to be the way as you get older, the year felt both longer and shorter than 12 months here at Cashmerette Towers. I thought I’d do a quick review of what went on – and give you a bit of a sneak peek into what’s coming next year.

Cashmerette Pattern launches

The focus at Cashmerette this year was getting as many high quality curve-friendly sewing patterns out to you, as quickly as possible – and we managed to launch 5, which I think is pretty good! We kicked off the year with the Concord T-Shirt, which turned out to be our #1 selling pattern of 2016.  So many of you love the bust and shoulder fit, and it’s definitely one our favourites too. Then, on to the first woven pattern for Cashmerette: the Upton Dress.

We followed that up with the Springfield Top – and I’m loving seeing all the versions springing up now down under for the Australia/NZ summer. September saw the launch of the first shirt made for curves, the Harrison Shirt, and that was our largest launch to date – clearly a lot of you have been waiting a long time for a non-gaping shirt. And then we rounded off the year with the Turner Dress, a flattering everyday dress that’s a quick addictive sew.

Cashmerette Patterns 2016

Concord T-ShirtUpton DressSpringfield TopHarrison ShirtTurner Dress

In addition to these patterns, we also released a free download for a simple flat-front, elastic-back skirt that’s a super fast sew in any size. You can download your copy here.

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Cashmerette Workshops

Our mission at Cashmerette is all about helping curvy women feel fabulous through making fantastically fitting clothes, so it was natural to expand into workshops this year. I led the first in-person workshop at Stitch Sew Shop in Alexandria, VA, teaching a group of fabulous ladies how to make the Appleton Dress.

Cashmerette Workshop

But because not everyone is located near an in-person workshop or has the time available, we also launched the first online workshop, Shirt Making For Curves, which teaches you how to make the Harrison Shirt. The class covers everything from choosing your fabric to sewing on the final button, and is full of advice, tips and techniques that go well beyond the pattern instruction booklet. You can watch the 15 part, 3.5 hour class from the comfort of your own home, and re-watch as much as you like.

Tutorials

Sewing great fitting clothes for curves starts with having an awesome pattern, but there’s still often more work to be done to get a great fit. In addition to having photographic step-by-step sewalongs for our 2016 patterns (except the Harrison, which has the video class), we also had tutorials to help you adjust and personalize your patterns.

On the fitting front, we showed you how to make your sleeves larger, change the height of a bust dart, fix a gaping neckline, and narrow the shoulders and neckline of a pattern.

To make a pattern your own, we showed you how to transform the Concord T-shirt into a tunic or dress, how to do fun hacks for t-shirts, alter the neckline of the Turner Dress, and hack the Appleton Dress into a top (with a free download!).

Cashmerette Patterns 2016

Concord T-shirt hack, and Appleton Dress top hack

Behind the Scenes

Of course, a lot went on behind the scenes to make all this happen. A few highlights of the year were:

  • Bringing on the first Cashmerette team-member, Carrie! Not only does she provide endless hours of studio entertainment, but Carrie also ships out all your orders super-pronto, runs the sewalongs and answers your emails.
  • A great trip to Los Angeles to find new wholesale suppliers for our fabric – we are so pleased to now have relationships with some fantastic places that source designer roll ends that we’re able to pass on to you as kits.
  • Moving into our new studio. Cashmerette Patterns may only be a year-and-a-bit old but it’s already had 3 homes. We started in the back room of the sadly departed Grey’s Fabrics, then moved into a super-tiny studio attached to the back of a moving truck company, and now we are in a slightly less tiny studio next door. It may not have A/C or natural light, but it’s ours 🙂
  • Expanding the number of stores that carry our patterns – we now have over 70 stockists in 8 countries, from Canada to Japan. You can check out the full list here.

Cashmerette studio

Our makes

Work aside, there’s always still time for personal sewing. Some of my favorite makes for 2016 were the silk Springfield Top and Maxi Skirt outfit which kept me cool through the scorching summer, my Japanese jacquard knit Concord Dress and my sheer polka dot Turner Dress. The most crazy was definitely my hacked Upton dirndl – it was a rewarding challenge. And yes, I know that my personal sewing was mostly of Cashmerette Patterns – but I have to confess that now I have patterns that I don’t have to adjust, it’s really hard to convince myself to do endless adjustments or grade up anything else!

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Springfield Top and Maxi SkirtTurner DressUpton dirndl

Coming up in 2017

Phew! I’m exhausted just writing this blog post! But there’s plenty more coming up in 2017.

Get ready for a bunch of new patterns – including the #2 and #3 most requested garments – expansion packs to transform your current patterns, more online and in-person workshops, and lots more help in achieving a perfect fit.

I hope you enjoyed coming on the journey with Cashmerette in 2016, and I’m excited to show you everything we have in store for 2017! If you could make one wish for the year in curvy sewing, what would it be?

 


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November 14, 2016

Introducing the Cashmerette Turner Dress

Drumroll please… Today I’m psyched to introduce you to the the Cashmerette Turner Dress!

It’s a simple knit dress that looks amazing on curvy figures, and it’s perfect for beginners who want to make a dress they’ll be proud of, or more experienced sewists who fancy an easy satisfying sew.

 

Cashmerette Turner Dress
Cashmerette Turner Dress

 

The Turner Dress has a lined bodice with a beautiful V-neck that looks amazing if you are blessed in the bust department! There are three sleeve lengths (short, three-quarter and long), and a gently flared skirt which has just the right amount of swoosh without being a fabric hog.

Cashmerette Turner Dress

Cashmerette Turner Dress

Depending on the fabric you choose, the Turner Dress can be a casual weekend dress you throw on with a cardigan and a pair of boots, or a smart outfit for the office. I also love wearing mine with a skinny belt!

 

Cashmerette Turner Dress

Cashmerette Turner Dress

As with all Cashmerette Patterns, the Turner Dress is designed for curves, which means it comes in sizes 12 – 28 and cup sizes from C – H.

There are also plenty of opportunities to adjust it further for your body: the dress was designed for a height of 5’6″, but there are lengthen/shorten lines so you can alter it for your height. The waist hits at the high waist, but again, it’s super easy to make it lower or higher if that’s what your heart desires!

Cashmerette Turner Dress

The Turner Dress pattern is available in a beautifully printed paper format, or in a PDF format that you can print at home or take to a copy shop (and both versions have all the sizes included!).

Cashmerette Turner Dress

Cashmerette Turner Kits

And of course a Cashmerette launch wouldn’t be complete without kits. We’ve sourced 5 gorgeous fabrics for you, to create kits that contain 3 yards of lovely rayon jersey (enough to make the long sleeved version in any size) and a copy of the printed pattern.

First up, this amazing high-quality autumnal jersey in shades of mustard and burgundy is fabulous, and I’m wearing my version all the time.

Cashmerette Turner Dress

Then we have (clockwise from top left): a beautiful rich burgundy solid jersey, a bold fabulous navy and white thick stripe, an equally amazing coral and navy stripe, and finally a sassy leopard print!

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I hope you love the Turner Dress as much as I do – it’s definitely one of those patterns where I think “oh, I want something new to wear tomorrow” and I can whip it up in a single evening! And, if you’re just starting out with sewing, it’s a great option for learning how to sew with knits and ending up with a fabulously fitting garment without endless alterations. I can’t wait to see what you make!

The Turner Dress sewalong will be starting next week, where we’ll take you step by step through the whole construction process with lots of photos. In the meantime, make sure to tag your dresses with #TurnerDress on social media so we can share the love!

 


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