The Cashmerette Holyoke dress and skirt had me smitten from first view. A floaty, dramatic maxi dress with buttons, elegant but bra-covering straps, with Cashmerette’s amazing princess seams? A skirt version that’s a decent dupe for another skirt I wish I could make (but doesn’t come in my size)? SOLD.
I was doubly excited when fabulous local fabric and yarn shop Knit & Bolt reached out to ask if I wanted to sew up a shop sample of the new pattern. The pattern, fabric, and all supplies for this dress were provided by Knit & Bolt. I picked out a glorious floral rayon designed by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel. It has long vines of florals interspersed by dark navy stripes.
The pattern required some careful placement in order to balance the stripes, but I’m very glad I took the time because it looks amazing. I cut a straight size 18 G/H and made no adjustments. This is my usual size in Cashmerette, though as this pattern is more fitted than some of the others I’ve made from them, I could likely go up to a 20 E/F or G/H happily if I wanted a bit more ease.
As usual, the Cashmerette drafting is spot-on and the instructions clear. The one quibble I have is with the construction of the front button placket. As designed, it’s a faux placket, stitched closed, to avoid gaping. The instructions have you construct it after the side seams are stitched by first topstitching the underlayer, then overlapping the two front plackets at topstitching through them all. At that point, you’re stitching through six layers, four interfaced, with the back of the dress constantly needing pushing out of the way! It’s a bit much. The top layer of fabric shifted and puckered the whole time as I stitched, just leading to frustration. I ended up unpicking my first attempt, topstitching each side separately, and handstitching them together from the inside. With the buttons stitched through, it’s quite sturdy!
I’ll definitely be making more versions of this, both the dress and the skirt. I might experiment with sizing to give a looser silhouette, though this version will get plenty of wear (once it’s out of the Knit & Bolt shop window!)