Cashmerette Turner Dress for the Holidays

The Turner dress was the last garment I made in 2016 and the first refashion I did in 2017! Haha. I’ll get to why I refashioned it later in the post. All of the pictures in this post are mirror selfies fyi, because it’s cold outside and I am in hibernation mode so the fact that I am taking pictures at all is a huge thing. I never promised professional photography here people!

I tested the Turner dress in MarchΒ before leaving for my honeymoon in April. I brought the tester version with me a wore it a bunch while in Holland and around Scandinavia. I don’t even have a picture of me in the dress there except covered by a coat, because I was too worried about accidentally posting it on instagram before the release.

Cashmerette Turner Dress

Cashmerette Turner Dress

Ignore the wool socks with flipflops. These pictures were taken in March last year and it was cold! The fabric I used for my tester version was a navy ponte with enough stretch for the pattern. I picked it up at the thrift store. I love finding good scores there.

I made size 22 E/F graded to a 24 at the waist. My friend’s version is the same size.

The pattern goes together really quickly. There’s clear elastic at the waist to stabilize it. Debbie of Stitches and Seams, however, didn’t use elastic at all and has a stable seam. I think with the right fabric you could definitely follow her method. I’m allergic to the clear elastic so I just used regular latex free elastic. Likely this ponte fabric as well as the ponte fabric I made my friend’s dress out of are totally fine without elastic.

Turner Dress

Both of these are lined bodices. I added pockets to my friend’s dress, because pockets are amazing.

The week before Christmas, I went to Fabricland at Honest Ed’s. It was having a closing sale so I picked up this pretty rayon poly knit:

I figured it was perfect for a Christmas dress that would look good beyond Christmas.

Sadly, there are no more Fabriclands within a good distance from me. The most accessible one for me, I believe, would be at Dupont and Dufferin, but that is an hour from my place by transit. I am still really close to Toronto’s Fashion District, but it is often difficult to find sales or even printed knit fabric that isn’t completely polyester. Hopefully a Fabricland will appear again in a more accessible location sometime soon.

It wasn’t until Christmas day that I was certain that I would be making this dress. I was sick most of the holidays and it’s irritated my breathing issues and made them worse again. So it wasn’t until around 1pm on Christmas Day that I decided to start making it when we were leaving for dinner at my husband’s sister’s house at 3pm. I got it done at 2pm! Before your jaw drops off, I already had it cut out. πŸ˜‰ I also did a modified neckline and used the scoopneck from my concord t shirt pattern and the band. I also cut out a 22 G/H graded to a 24 at the waist since my size had changed slightly since the last time I made it.

Turner Dress

It worked out really well and we were out the door in time. But as the night went on, the dress stretched and stretched….. and the knit fabric had zero recovery… so it looked a bit like an off the shoulder dress after a while… I wore it one more time to work and then tossed it in a corner to be fixed.

Turner Dress with sad fabric recovery fail

Inspired by Gillian’s recent series Lazy tip for fixing knits, I had to make it work! The best way to fix it in my mind was to do two things: stabilize the shoulders with some elastic (probably should have done that in the first place!Β HAHA) and replace the neckband with a cowl to cover up an modesty issues that may arise with the recovery issue. I didn’t take off the neckband when I put the cowl on because I was worried about it stretching out further, but I did serge it off.

Turner dress with cowl neckline

Turner Dress

Turner Dress

I definitely like the refashion and might actually do this again for another Turner dress with a slightly different shape for the cowl. I love cowl necklines so I call this a win.

The cowl is also long enough that I can hide in it. I think this will be useful for the winter hibernation.

Turner Dress Cowl Peekaboo

TL:DR Review

  • Pattern:Β Cashmerette Turner Dress
  • Pros:Β Super fast pattern. Great shape and style. Really good for large busts with the cup sizes.
  • Cons:Β The pattern itself doesn’t come with pockets, but it’s easy enough to add.Β Like most Cashmerette patterns, the neckline and shoulder are wide, but that is an easy fix.
  • Make again?:Β Definitely.Β It’s a great dress and a great base for some fun pattern hacks. πŸ™‚
  • Rating: pink-star-black-mdΒ pink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdhalf-star-black-md4.5/5 stars

30 thoughts on “Cashmerette Turner Dress for the Holidays

      1. Blushing now.

        Truthfully, I have made some clothes in the past, and I have a dress in mind. I just don’t think the execution of said dress will be easy.

  1. They look great, and good job with the rescue. πŸ™‚ I agree the fabric was much too pretty to let the dress die.

    You should come down for a visit sometime. I have three Fabriclands within 20 minutes of my house and a membership card. πŸ˜€

    1. I’m actually planning a visit sometime in the next month to Hamilton since it seems to be the place to be for fabric these days! πŸ˜‰ Also I need bra supplies. I’ll coordinate with you! πŸ™‚

  2. Great save with the cowl! All of those Turners look really great on you but I’m especially drawn to the solid “tester.” I think that’s because I’m contemplating a solid Turner too, which is UNHEARD of for me, the print addict. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Debbie! πŸ™‚ Print addict here too. πŸ˜‰ I love the solid navy Turner, though. It gives me an excuse to make matching cardigans with fun prints. I usually just wear solid cardigans to not take away from the print on the dress. πŸ™‚

  3. Wins again! I want to make this dress, it looks awesome on you. The basic neck looks like it would show my bra so I am happy to see it with other necklines.

    1. Thanks, Judy! It really is a great dress and perfect for changing up the neckline! I’m going to try other necklines eventually, but I’m trying not to buy fabric until March 😦

  4. Gorgeous, lady! That green fabric is awesome and the original version was beautiful, but now the “make it work” version looks so warm and comfy! Win! Solid navy is so darn wearable,isn’t it? I’m actually wearing my navy Turner right now. πŸ™‚ Also, I have only added elastic to the waist of my tester version. I haven’t put it on any of the 4 that I’ve made since as they’re all doing fine.

    1. Thanks so much! That’s good to know about the elastic. I think my navy version would have been fine without it, but the green one… nope. That fabric likes to grow grow grow. hahah.

      1. I definitely think so! The green knit for my dress is the least stable knit I have ever used before. hahah.

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