The Cashmerette’s Upton Dress

This is actually one of my favourite patterns ever. It was also the first one I’ve bought from Cashmerette – because I fell in love with the pattern, but mostly because I fell in love with the navy blue fabric they were selling some kits with. I just couldn’t make my mind quickly enough and when I finally decided to order the kit, the navy blue was already gone. Then from there to deciding for the other kit it took me a little bit more time, but not as much. Fortunately that one kit was not sold out and I’ve managed to grab the whole set. A bit more expensive than what I was hoping for- we have to pay extra taxes in the Netherlands from goods coming from the US -, but I loved it so much it was worth the price.

I bought the kit – including fabric and pattern – July last year and made the dress for father’s 90th birthday in September. I first made a muslin and after deciding I had to simply shorten the shoulders 3 cm straight both on front and back, this wonderful version was born and it simply fit perfectly!

For this version I decided not making it with pockets, but since then I’ve kind of regretted the decision. I miss pockets! So now whenever I make something new for me, it’s always with pockets.

I really enjoyed making this Cashmerette pattern and it made me want to try more of their patterns. Which I did, and it’s wonderful, really!

Besides the fit being perfect for me, the instructions are well-written and quite clear, and when in doubt you can always follow their sew along, which are pretty good and detailed.

Since I’ve bought this pattern I’ve actually bought another kit – that I haven’t used yet, shame on me! – and ended up buying all of their patterns in pdf. Printed them at home and after putting them together, copied the size I wanted and am now actually preparing a couple of different Springfield tops for the coming weeks. I’ve made a couple of versions of the Concord tee already and will show them here one of these days.

So if you are curvy like me and are interested in some well-drafted patterns for curves, I do advise you to try one of Cahsmerette’s patterns. It’s worth it!

 

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Writing again? And sewing? I try my best!

It has taken me sometime to start writing again, and even though I really want to be blogging at least once a week, life gets in the way and I don’t seem to be mustering the energy to do that as often as I’d like. But I do whenever I manage the time.

Today I’m printing the pdf version of The Afternoon Blouse & Shift Dress from Jennifer Lauren Handmade (@jenniferlaurenhandmade), which I will be testing. Yeay! I’m quite happy with this opportunity, and what it entangles. Not only that I’ve managed to produce a nice product and a fair review within the time limit she’s given us for the previous pattern, but that it forces me to keep making things and putting energy in something I really enjoy.

I discovered sewing a few years ago as a second thought, something I would like to do because I’ve seen people making things and they looked pretty. And then I simply fell in love with the whole process and can’t stop trying new techniques, new things, new fabrics, new gadgets… So now I use any opportunity I have to make something. Quite often for others – child, friend, husband… – and sometimes for myself. I need to make more for me these days, because I can’t seem to find anything interesting at stores nowadays – on my size or with my taste! The size needs to drop a bit – for health reasons, I’ve accepted my shape a long time ago – but the taste…

I guess I’m going in the direction of wearing only Me Made stuff. Cool!

Besides all that, I found out sewing is my Happy Place. I get totally zen when sewing and preparing fabric and notions to sew something. It centers me, calms me. It helps me to put things in perspective. And making things for others and myself make me even happier.

At the end of September I will be posting a review on the Afternoon Blouse. I haven’t decided if I’m going to make a Shift Dress as well or not, but I will definitely make a blouse. And will wear it around. Depending on the end result I might even make the dress too. We’ll see.