Just in time for holiday season, I’m psyched to be able to introduce the second pattern from Cashmerette Patterns: the Washington Dress!
The Washington is designed to be a casual, easy everyday dress with a ton of potential for creativity. What makes this dress really different is that it combines a knit bodice with a heavy knit yoke and woven A-line skirt. It’s been thoughtfully designed for curves: the scooped neckline is flattering without being too low, the yoke creates a lovely waist-hip curve, and the skirt skims over the tummy. You can even make the front yoke using a woven fabric for a “tummy-control” panel.
As a result, the dress is stylish, really comfortable to wear, pops on over your head without the need for closures, and you can make it in really fun combinations. It can be made on a sewing machine or a serger.
Do you have a quilting cotton you adore? Perfect for this skirt! Want a monochrome version for work? Easy. We’ve had so much fun making samples… Below, Melissa is wearing a version using Art Gallery knit for the bodice, pink quilting cotton for the front yoke (and a coordinating ponte at the back) and a lightweight denim for the skirt. Doesn’t she look fab?
The Washington Dress comes with three sleeve lengths, and it can easily be adapted into a maxi dress or a tunic, which I’ll be showcasing in future posts. It’s drafted to be close fitting, so if you would rather a more skimming fit, I recommend going up a size in the bodice. The yoke is designed to hit at your “high waist” which for most curvy women is the narrowest part between your bust and waist, on your rib cage a few inches below your bra. If you’d rather have it at your true waist, there’s a lengthen/shorten line on the bodice which you can use to easily lengthen the bodice as some of my taller testers chose to do!
As with all Cashmerette Patterns, it’s available in sizes 12 – 28, and cup sizes C – H for an awesome fit.
I hope you love this new pattern as much as I do, and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. We’ll be kicking off the Washington Dress sewalong next week so you have a little time to buy or download your pattern. You can buy yours directly at the Cashmerette Patterns store online as a beautifully printed paper pattern or an instant-gratification PDF, or you can check out your local stockist.
When you post your dress on social media, don’t forget to tag it with #WashingtonDress so I can give you a high five!
Next up, we have some Washington Dress kits so you don’t even need to find your fabrics – there are three dress kits all sourced from high end designer fabrics, and they’re perfect for wearing to the office or for stylish relaxing at the weekend. And until Dec 2nd 2015, they’re 20% off! (see code below).
I just love seeing what people have been making with the pattern – here are a few highlights!
Tanya used an embroidered cotton for a wonderful colour-blocked version!
Jennifer used a Van Gogh inspired panel and pleather to make her striking and beautiful dress
Elaine is the queen of the hackers! She made a sleeveless peplum top, cowl-necked top, leopard print tunic and a drop-waisted lace version
Rachel used a dusty rose boiled wool and lace jersey for her lovely version
Happy sewing, friends!