June 23, 2021

How Should the Cashmerette Roseclair Wrap Dress Fit?


The Cashmerette Roseclair Dress is here, and we’re having so much fun showing it off! Whenever you start a new pattern it can be a bit challenging figuring out how it’s meant to fit – but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this fit guide!

At Cashmerette, we simplify the fitting process with our C–H cup size options, which greatly reduce the need for FBA (full bust adjustments). The Roseclair is our first pattern to launch in both of our size ranges since we expanded to 0-16 sizing last year.

Not sure what size to make? Check out the size calculator. We have two size ranges; 0-16 and 12-32. If you happen fall into sizes 12-16, read this post about which of our size ranges may work best for you.

The Roseclair has three views which let you choose from three sleeve options and a breezy, knee-length skirt or a dramatic, ankle-length tiered skirt. No matter which view you choose, you’re on your way to a stylish statement-piece designed with curves in mind.

The Roseclair Dress Bodice

Since the Roseclair is drafted for a woven, there is a bit of positive ease in the bodice, but it should still fit closely to avoid gaping. We’ve got a whole post on how to fit the Roseclair bodice right here.

  • The two front pieces of the bodice should intersect above the central gore of your bra (no peeking!) but depending on your bust size/height, it may show more or less cleavage.
  • The front pieces should sit close to the breast-tissue. If your breasts sit lower or higher than the pattern piece, you may need to lower or raise the dart to get the right fit.
  • Bust and waist darts should point toward your bust apex.
  • Shoulder seams should sit balanced at the top of the shoulder.
  • The waist ties should meet completely (no space between the insertion points on the bodice).
  • The waistline on the Roseclair sits at the natural waist.
  • If the calculator indicated that you need to grade between sizes at the bust and waist, check out this post for detailed instructions.

The Roseclair Dress Sleeves

  • View A of the Roseclair has a puffed 3/4 length sleeve that ends in a large angled cuff. The cuff will sit lower at the back of your forearm than at the front.
  • View B (not pictured) of the Roseclair has short sleeves, friendly to full biceps and breezy looks!
  • View C of the Roseclair is a short puffed sleeve with an elastic casing at the hem. Make sure to measure your bicep to ensure the cuff will fit appropriately.
  • You can lengthen or shorten any of these sleeves with the lengthen/shorten lines on the pattern.

The Roseclair Dress Skirt

  • All views of the skirt should move freely about your hips.
    • If the size calculator has indicated to grade down from waist to hip, consider simply using the same waist size for the hip area of your skirt. A bit more fabric at the hip will look just fine on this garment.
    • If the size calculator has recommended grading up from waist to hip, check the finished garment measurements— there may be enough ease in the hip area in the smaller size to accommodate your hip measurement, if not, grade up appropriately.
  • View A of the Roseclair should hit near the ankle.
    • If you need to lengthen this view, you may want to distribute the additional length equally between the tiers.
    • If you need to shorten this view, you may want distribute the total amount you subtract equally between the tiers.
  • Views B & C of the Roseclair should hit at the knee or just above. Lengthen or shorten as needed using the lengthen/shorten lines on the pattern.
    • If skirts come up short in the back for you, measure from your waist to knee in back (running the tape measure over your derriere), then measure the pattern piece to determine if you need to add length.

We hope this fit guide helps you as you sew up your Roseclair Wrap Dress! If you have any questions about fit, leave them in the comments!

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