Rivermont Dress & Top
The patterns instructions are easy and straightforward as with all Cashmerett patterns.
This was my first foray into sewing with knits so any mistakes are mine not the patterns. I do recommend you follow the advice and make the pocket lining of a lighter weight fabric, I have these unsightly bulges but it's a learning opportunity.
Making a muslin is imperative especially if you are new to knits, grading between sizes and doing forward shoulder adjustments are more detail oriented with knits.
I will give the pattern a second try, I really want a LBD with pockets!!!
This went together very easily, even with adding length in the bodice!
I’m not one for the (fit and) flared skirts that are so common on most Cashmerette patterns - they just aren’t flattering on me. So much so that even though I love all my Cashmerette dresses, I always end up editing the skirt to ‘unrecognisable’. However, with the Rivermont I’ve found a perfect TNT pattern that I can make with virtually no adjustments (I always need to lower the bust apex point, but that’s a standard edit for me). I also normally hate pockets as they usually bag/sag and ruin the line of a dress...however in the Rivermont the pockets are a positive and not the usual negative!! The bodice darts, the skirt shape, the skirt darts, the wonderful pockets all make this my almost perfect dress! I say almost because I also find the necklines are too low - other than the Tobin, Cashmerette provide no patterns with a higher neckline which is a bit frustrating. In my second Rivermont I put in a turtleneck...and I NOW have the perfect dress!! Thank you :)
This pattern is a true winner. As a smaller plus size woman who is often in the top range in indie patterns, sewing this dress and having the muslin fit with no modifications was so wonderful. I love the fit of this dress, and how it hugs my curves in a professional way. Thank you, Jenny! (Measurements: 45, 40, 50 I cut an 18 E/F and graded to a 20 at waist)
I love this pattern, easily customisable and oh so comfy. I love the hugging fabric factor and the pencil skirt. I have even hacked this into my most worn skirt ever. This was my first Cashmerette pattern I had ever made. The instructions were easy for a newbie to understand. I now have 3 in my wardrobe plus a few skirt hacks with two more planned for next winter. I have worn this to frocktails and to job interviews. It makes the perfect winter little back dress that is quietly sophisticated. I feel like Sophia Loren!
Thanks Jenny and Team