Thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to the release of the Cashmerette Rivermont Dress & Top sewing pattern! It’s been one of our biggest launches to date, so I can tell you’re as psyched at the idea of comfortable style as I am.
When I was first developing the pattern, I thought of it mostly as a great work dress – it’s modest but fitted, and the ponte means you’ll be at ease sitting at a desk all day. But, I don’t have a real “job” any more – or at the very least I don’t work in a corporate office – so I assumed maybe it was a pattern I’d wear less.
I was wrong!
When we did the shoot, Carrie styled the green heathered ponte dress (still available as a kit! Get yours here) with black tights and ankle boots, which I’ll be honest: I never would have thought of.
And as luck would have it, Molly (the redhaired beauty above) and I wear the same size, so yay for being able to wear samples!
So, last time I was over in London and it was slightly chilly but not actually cold, I realized it was the perfect autumn outfit.
Styled like this, I really don’t think it looks particularly formal, just tres chic. Ponte dress + tights is the perfect combo for autumnal weather, too – warm enough but without accidentally baking yourself when you get on the underground. I have a terrible habit of jamming my hands into pockets on dresses, but at least you can see from the picture above quite how deep they are!
Another thing I was slightly unsure about when we developed the pattern was the neckline. I’m aware that not everyone shares my taste in design, so I try to make sure that I have patterns with something for everyone, when it comes to silhouettes, necklines, sleeve lengths and so on.
Historically, I’ve always steered clear of any high necklines because I found they made my bust look overly ginormous and low. The Rivermont totally works on me, though! I think it’s the fact it’s tailored, has a high waist, and the neckline is broad without being bra-strap revealing. I recently attended an amazing lecture by Carla Mathis, an unbelievably sprightly style consultant in her late 70s, and when she shared her principles of necklines it made total sense – the Rivermont may be higher, but it’s broader (critical as you go high), and paired with a long necklace to draw that “V” across my upper body, it totally works.
Of course, this being sewing, if you’d rather a deeper neckline or even a different shape, it’s totally do-able. The Rivermont Dress & Top have a neckline facing, so you can basically draw whatever different neckline you’d like on the pattern, and then alter the facing accordingly. Would you be interested in seeing a tutorial on how to do that?
What do you think – would you wear the Rivermont Dress outside the office? I couldn’t have predicted it, but I’m a total casual Rivermont convert!