It’s well known that Imma dress girl and I’m always on the hunt for a good sheath dress pattern…even now that I don’t need one everyday for work. So I was immediately drawn to the Cashmerette Rivermont Dress and Top.
However, I liked the pattern so much that I made a dress and a top from the pattern. My review of both is below.
Let’s discuss the Rivermont Top first…
I’ve been saving pictures from Instagram and the Internet of tops with flared peplums and elongated back hems. When I made the dress (yes it was made prior to making the top), I realized that the top would work with some of the ideas I had floating around in my head.
I had to make a few pattern alterations to give the peplum the flare and length that I wanted. I also added a lining for the walk-away appearance. The pattern comes with full length sleeves but I shortened mine a little just because I wanted to. The final change was to add an applique with a covered button center to the top for a touch of drama.
I also added an invisible zipper to the center back of the top making it easy to get into and out of. Those are all of the changes I made to the pattern.
I cast around for a fabric to use for a Rivermont Dress because it’s November and I’m not really a dress and knee-length boot kinda girl. However, I’ve been wanting to make a couple of maxidresses that I could wear this fall. When I looked at the pattern with fresh eyes, I knew I could maximize the dress easily.
My fabric choice for the dress is a Liverpool knit. The weight & hang of a Liverpool knit is similar to a lightweight ponte. It’s also a stable knit like a ponte, so the dark floral piece I chose to use, works perfectly for the dress.
I started with a size 24 and added 15″ at the lengthen/shorten lines on the skirt pattern and an additional 2″ at the hemline to maximize my dress. I deliberately ended the hemline at my ankles because I didn’t want the dress to drag along the ground. It was the perfect length and hits right at the top of my shoe booties. I made no other changes to the pattern.
For styling purposes I added a black 2″ wide grosgrain ribbon to give some definition to the front of the dress.
This is how I will wear the dress…
Now I will wear this dress but I don’t love this dress. And it’s totally me…I still have a thing about waistline seams and it’s so ingrained into my style psyche that if I don’t love it when I put it on…it gets relegated to the back of the closet.
Please note this says nothing about Jenny’s pattern. All of the pattern pieces go together well. It’s an easy sew and has a lot of potential for the right curvy, or plus-size woman. I’m just not sure I’m that curvy woman.
I received a copy of the Rivermont Top and Dress from Jenny – so while this was a free pattern all of my opinions are my own. If this is your style, I highly recommend you purchase this pattern.
12-28 with 3 cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H)
My Measurements: 45-44.5-53.5
What size did you make?
What adjustments did you make:
For the dress – I lengthened it and raised the neckline 1/2″
For the top – I changed up the peplum and raised the neckline 1/2″
Both were design changes and not made to alter the pattern for size adjustments.
Fabrics and notions required:
For the dress – 2.5 yds of Liverpool knit and lightweight interfacing
For the top – 2 yds of black ponte and lightweight interfacing
Overall Rating: 5. Personally, I rate both patterns a 4.5 for me mostly because I really want a fuller skirt include in the pattern – it’s a totally selfish rating. If this style works for you then it’s a 5, definitely!