I’ve been a devotee of Cashmerette for two years now (I’ve made and reviewed the Alcott and the Calder), and consistently scrolled past the Montrose because I did not see its potential. Now that I’m more of an intermediate sewist, my mind has been completely changed, because it is the ideal surface for decorative elements!
The first one I made is the red one (with an Alaïa-inspired wave hem), and I moved the dart 1.5” lower straight away and then discovered I needed a 1.5” sway back adjustment on the fold as well. I would recommend the extra sway back (even though Cashmerette includes one already!) if you have a larger bum and/or a pronounced pelvic tilt. However, I am always shocked how well Cashmerette G/H cup fits my 34K bustline with no adjustments save for moving the dart!
After I figured out how to make it my best fit, I made the long, lantern-sleeved dark gray top, and the smocked sleeve light gray top.
Its classic lines play so well with my trendier ideas and it will continue to be my workhorse pattern.
A top that fits!
Used the size calculator, worked well and made my first top with large bicep sleeve option. No alterations!!
I’ve made shift dresses from the pattern, just needed to take in a bit around the hips
This was my first Cashmerette pattern, and I was super impressed. I've made several, and find myself wearing one multiple days a week. The darts make it super flattering, and I think the version with back gathers is really fun. Planning to make a summery tiered dress using this, and I think it'll be perfect.
I made the Montrose before Christmas using the cashmerette size calculator and fba advice. The fit is the best ever, fits the shoulders and the bust accentuates the waist. I’ve already hacked the pattern and made a dress with a gathered skirt. I’ve plenty planned for the warmer weather 🥰
I have made this top twice, once in 100% cotton and in a non-stretch polyester print using the option of scooped neck and yolked back. I have an hour glass shape, a bit overweight and big busted. So nice not to have to make all sorts of modifications that never turn out looking right. The only modification I made was to raise the front neck a bit. I'm older and need a bit more coverage. Expect to make this pattern many more times.