Rivermont Dress & Top
I'd consider myself a beginner to intermediate sewist. I sewed this dress for myself out of a heavyweight ponte fabric (Robert Kaufman). It turned out great and the pattern is very carefully drafted! The sew-along blog posts are very helpful. I think I may take it in an inch or two in the hips and skirt--usually a straight 24 fits me perfectly for Cashmerette styles, but this one is just a smidge big on me. If I sew it again, I might go down to a 22. I think I will also topstitch the collar to make the lining lie flatter. But other than those tweaks, this dress turned out great and I highly recommend it!
I've been sewing for a very long time. This pattern was easy to follow and easy to modify. I love how the dress fits. I look great in it! I will definitely be making more Cashmerette clothing!
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 :)