Rivermont Dress & Top
Breeze from day to night with the Rivermont Dress and Top! Choose from two sophisticated options: a fitted sheath dress with slash pockets and optional kick pleat, or a classic peplum top that highlights your curves. Both views offer three sleeve lengths - short, elbow or long - and are designed for ponte knits, so you're comfortable in any season. Whether unwinding at happy hour or turning heads on date night, the Rivermont is just your style!
SEWING LEVEL: Advanced Beginner
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H).
RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Mid-weight ponte knit or light-weight scuba/neoprene, with at least 40% stretch. Note: if your fabric is heavier, use a lighter jersey for pocket facing to reduce bulk.
INTERFACING: 1/4" yard (0.3m) lightweight knit interfacing (45"/115cm wide)
NOTIONS: Ballpoint or stretch needle, thread, twin needle (optional).
I have owned this for about a year. I have not made it because I have been a little intimidated by the darts and spent sometime in 2018 doing pants and other things. This past week, I needed a dress for an interview and so I pulled it out and a black ponte knit in my stash. I sewed it in one day and then hemmed it the night before the interview. I made some of my usual Cashmerette changes (increased the front and back bodice by 1.5 inches) and I went down 1 size from my usual because I have lost about 20# in the last year. It fit really well and I felt so comfortable in it. I have cut out 3 more (2 in slightly lighter weight knit) and one in a striped ponte fabric). I'm looking forward to having some secret PJ dresses for work.
I love this pattern and how this dress makes me feel. It is fitted and gives me a beautiful hourglass shape without being tight. In a soft ponte fabric it feels like casual wear but makes me look dynamite at a meeting or a night out. The dress sews up quickly and miraculously for a commercial pattern the only tweak I needed to make was grading the 14 C/D bust to a 12 waist. Thank you Cashmerette!
Have made twice now and have 3 more planned. Cannot fault instructions and loved that it fitted my H cups without altering the pattern. My only comment is that you need to be careful about the nape to waist measurement. I’ve never had to lengthen the bodice on other patterns but this came up really short. Fortunately I had extra fabric to recut my bodice sections but I had to add about 3inches to get this to sit just above my natural waist as it seemed to in all the pictures of the dress of looked at. A back waist length measurement in the finished garment measurements would have been helpful. At least I know to check this for future Cashmerette patterns.
This dress is incredibly comfortable and fits like a dream! The peplum hangs nicely and the dress has pockets that you can really get half your arm into.
I made a test version of the dress in cheap ponte (95% polyester) and both the top and the dress in some lovely 95% viscose ponte. The comfort (and even the fit) can’t be compared- both the top and dress feel dreamy on!
This makes a really great dress that is comfortable and extremely flattering. It has loads of possibilities depending on colour blocking and fabric pattern. It is a great pattern even though I found the darts a little challenging on the first one. I would recommend basting seam joins to make sure they match up as it says in the little book (on the next page to where I was at, but never mind!). I highly recommend this pattern and plan on making several more.