July 24, 2023

“Sewing the Curve”: Introducing the Montvale Dress & Tunic

One of my favorite parts of my new book, “Sewing the Curve,” are the 6 (yup, six!) brand new patterns in sizes 12-32 and cup sizes C-H that are included. Here’s a sneak peek of the first pattern, the Montvale Dress & Tunic!

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In “Sewing the Curve” I cover everything from the very basics through to the five core skills of sewing, and then, how to actually sew your first garments with the help of 6 brand new Cashmerette patterns, starting with the Montvale Dress & Tunic. All the patterns included in “Sewing the Curve” are available in a printed packet at the back of the book as well as digital PDF patterns that you can download and print at home or send to a copyshop to print for you.

“Sewing the Curve” is now available!

I’m excited to share a preview of the first pattern in the book, the Montvale Dress & Tunic! Let’s get to know this versatile, beginner-friendly pattern.

Meet the Montvale Dress & Tunic

The Montvale Dress & Tunic is the simplest pattern in the book and the perfect place to start your sewing adventure! Choose from an array of fabrics, views, and sleeve options to make this the perfectly personalized dress or tunic of your dreams. This swooshy swing dress or tunic features darts and neckline facing that you’ll be able to tackle with ease and confidence with photographic step-by-step tutorials.

Make the View A dress and learn how to insert side-seam pockets and finish sleeveless armholes with a bias facing (a type of bias binding). Or if you want to start with the simplest possible pattern try the View B tunic, which has “drop” sleeves that are integrated into the main bodice without a separate seam. They’re the easiest type of sleeve to sew, and stylish to boot! Plus, you can mix-and- match the different sleeves and lengths to make the custom garment you want.

The Montvale is designed for light- to mid-weight woven fabric such as cotton voile, linen, or rayon.

Here are the fabric requirements for the Montvale Dress & Tunic (in yards). Please note that View A does not fit on 45″ wide fabric.

12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32
45″ wide fabric View A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
View B 2 1/8 2 1/8 2 1/8 2 3/8 2 3/8 2 3/8 2 3/8 2 3/8 2 3/8 2 3/8 2 3/8
55″ wide fabric View A 3 3 3 3 1/8 3 1/8 3 1/8 3 1/8 3 1/4 3 1/4 3 1/4 3 1/4
View B 2 1/8 2 1/8 2 1/8 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 1/4 2 1/4

I’ll continue sharing more of the patterns in the book over the next few weeks, and in the meantime, don’t forget to order your copy today!

Photo credit: Linda Campos

13 thoughts on ““Sewing the Curve”: Introducing the Montvale Dress & Tunic

  1. Karen Nathan says:

    I cannot wait to make this dress!

  2. Kay says:

    Would be nice to see pictures and line drawings of all
    Patterns so we can preorder ..

    1. Ayelet says:

      We’re sharing photos and line drawings as we announce each pattern from the book.

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

  3. Kay says:

    So excitedly waiting to Learn more about other patterns in this book!

  4. Deszi says:

    Looks promising! Where’s the table with the metric sizes and numbers? Will they be included in the book?

    1. Ayelet says:

      Hi Deszi, yes all the metric measurements are included in the book.

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

  5. Fiona says:

    Love the look of the Montvale; is there an easy way to make it with long sleeves?

    1. Ayelet says:

      You could try making a long sleeve piece for the drop shoulder, but it can be a bit tricky to get the fit right with this kind of style.

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

  6. Carol says:

    Is there a sleeve pattern that can be used with the Montvale dress/tunic?

  7. Carol Ray says:

    Is there a sleeve pattern piece in another Cashmerette pattern that can be used with the Montvale (sleeveless view) dress/tunic pattern?

    1. Ayelet says:

      Hi Carol! Unfortunately there isn’t a sleeve piece from a different pattern that would work with the Montvale. Sorry about that!

      -Ayelet at Cashmerette

  8. Tracy says:

    I have bought STC but can’t get the PDF’s what a. I doing wrong?

    1. Check out the inside back cover for more information on how to download the PDFs.

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