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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The Laneway Dress

Last month Jennifer Lauren from Jennifer Lauren Handmade invited some people to become testers for her patterns, since she’s trying to make them more known around and having them being tested for different sizes. I was fortunately one of those people chosen for the first pattern, the Laneway Dress, and was more than happy in trying this wonderful pattern I was dreaming about since it had been released. So here my review for the world to see, read and judge.

I’ve used an USA fabric I’ve bought in Brazil last February, 100% cotton, probably what most people refer to as cotton lawn. Really pretty.

I’ve cut the body as it was given on the pattern, size 24, cup D. It turned out too long for my short torso, since I’m quite short (1,58 cm) and most patterns are made for generally taller folk.

I usually don’t follow the instructions to the letter – yeah, I’m that kind of person! – but I’ve decided to do that this turn around since it was for a real pattern test and not just something I’d whip on a whim. I’ve shortened it 3,5 cm and it then turned fine!

The junction points came out almost perfect, but what really was the greatest kick was having pockets! Good size pockets, no less! And the neckline is just beautiful!

The one thing I’ve changed was the sleeve: how to set it in and the look of it. I don’t like gathered sleeves much, so I’ve made my own version of it: a small pleat. Since it wasn’t exactly planned that way, it didn’t end up perfect. But I love it anyway!

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So, to answer some of Jennifer Lauren’s questions about fit, instructions and the pattern in general, and what I would change:

  1. Easy to use. Finding the right size was actually easy.
  2. Instructions: if you follow them, you’re in the right way. Taking into consideration English is not my first language and that I’ve started learning to sew in Dutch, I think it was pretty well explained: clearly stated and to the point.
  3. Fit: I think it’s actually quite good. I might should have done a C cup instead of a D cup because I realise that in the end there’s more fabric loose around the boobs than it was supposed to be, but nothing that actually bothers me.
  4. Sleeves: I’ve changed it, just because I don’t like gathered sleeves. I wouldn’t change anything else.
  5. Will I make another one? Yes, definitely! With some crêpe de chine or silk. Or maybe wool. I still have some beautiful fabrics I’ve bought in New Zealand. 😉

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I’ve already cut all the pieces and ironed with some backing, so now it’s up to put them all together.

This fabric was sent to me directly from New Zealand by my friend Cláudia, and I loved it! Loved it so much I wanted some more, but they didn’t have it anymore… Well, if not with the same, there are always other drawings and colors we can use. 🙂

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