I hope all of my sewing friends are well this lovely morning.
Here is a review of my Washington dress from Cashmerette Patterns. I wasn’t a pattern tester because my husband was in the hospital during the test period, but Jenny sent me the PDF in case I could test it. The review is my own idea and these are my genuine opinions – I have no obligation to give a positive review.
It is also the dress that I made for my son’s casual wedding on a boat next summer, so it is my mother of the groom dress. I wanted the dress to reflect the casual nature of the wedding but also be upscale enough to be special. I am very happy with the outcome.
I was apprehensive regarding the negative ease on the pattern. I had no problem with the negative ease on the Appleton. I measured almost exactly an 18 C/D with my hips going into the size 20. I chose the size 20 based on my need for extra fabric especially across the chest. In the end I used a straight size 20 EF. I used the size 22 sleeve for my beefy arm! I always choose a smaller size for my shoulders but there is so little difference between sizes in the shoulder on this pattern that this was no real concern.
My second concern was how would this look on someone of more advanced age. LOL. I am really not in the demographic for these really cute patterns. But sometimes I am just stubborn and I believe there is no reason this couldn’t work for me.
I made a quick and dirty muslin first with remanent fabrics. Mistakenly I felt I needed to add to the torso length because I lengthened the Appleton. I did NOT need to be lengthened! I have a long torso so check that with a quick muslin. It may need to be shortened if you are at all petite or shorter waisted. The 1.5″ I added made a huge difference in the look of the pattern. It looked wrong. It needs to cut above the waist by several inches, in my opinion!
From my muslin I also learned that I did not care for the three color blocking on me.
My measurements for your comparison. 45-41-48. D cup bra.
Fabric. I used a knit rayon/Lycra for the base of the dress. I love the cappuccino color of this fabric so it was the main contender for this dress. I also had a goldenrod yellow poly knit and a wine coloured poly knit out to audition with the stretch slightly yellow/cream lace I found in a bargain bin. The yellow lost out because it was poly. The wine coloured lost out because it was poly and too much of a “winter” color for an outdoor summer wedding! I think that was a good decision.
I felt that the softness of the rayon in the skirt might be too limp so I fused the skirt pattern pieces to my really good quality tricot interfacing. It gives it a nicer hand for the skirt.
This is the 4th time I have made this pattern now. The first 3 were tunics and my muslin did not make it into my wardrobe. I made no changes to the pattern except for the size 22 for the sleeve.
Construction: This is a really straight forward pattern and easily achievable for beginners. It is really just a color blocked Tshirt dress. It’s well drafted with all notches fitting together easily.
I cut the top and yoke pieces in both the rayon knit and the lace. I cut the sleeve in lace only. Since the stretch on the lace was good in both directions I decided to cut the sleeves on the cross grain so I could use the the salvage edge as the hemline. I sewed the garment together with the lace and rayon put together as one piece of fabric.
My Rating for this pattern
Sizing: 5/5. The sizing is very inclusive as it is for plus sizes. It is great not to have to alter for bust size, or forward shoulders or for a sway back. Those alterations are already done well. This pattern is a snug fit across the bust so just be aware if you are not a teenager or not as perky as you once were. You might want to go up a size.
Construction: 5/5. A very easy pattern. It is great to have such an easy pattern that is so shapely and interesting.
Instructions: 5/5. Great instructions. A quick sew once you have your fit.
Fit: 5/5. I can’t believe how well the Cashmerette patterns fit me and my body. I have almost no need for any alterations, which if you have read any of my other reviews is something that rarely happens to me!
Overall rating: So this is a 5/5 pattern for me.