I tested the Cashmerette Rivermont pattern and really fell in love with it. The pattern includes a sheath dress and a peplum top with a high scoop neck. The neckline has shoulder to shoulder facings. And there are big pockets in the sheath dress. The pattern called for medium weight ponte knit or lightweight neoprene/scuba.
When Jenny sent me the pattern preview, I jumped on it. We actually tested back in July/August. I bought some lovely ponti de roma in a deep purple from Fabricland to make my first version.
I sent off the results of testing and hadn’t hemmed the dress yet. I usually take off 3-4 inches from the hem of Cashmerette patterns unless I feel like leaving them long (the Webster dress I left longer). I’m considering going back and hemming it about 4 inches shorter. Also, because the hem got all wavy in sewing and even after pressing it wouldn’t go flat.
I realized as I was taking these pictures that most are with my hands in the pockets. They are such deep cozy pockets that I just kept putting my hands in there. Ha! I styled it with a belt from Addition-Elle. That belt is one of my favourite wardrobe accessories.
I adore purple on me. Weirdly I don’t have a lot of it in my wardrobe. This piece was the start of getting it back into my wardrobe. 🙂
My second Rivermont dress was also using the tester pattern. I had a wedding to go to in Killarney at the end of September and really needed something nice to wear. I got some peach scuba in a Bunz trade at the end of August. Over 86 yards of awesome fabric for a $40 gift card to Staples! Bunz is crazy good. What I noticed was the light peach colour was a great match for my skin and then my brain just needed some lace overlay for it. I got some royal blue stretch lace from Fabricville (sadly not available anymore) and got started the week of the wedding. Yes, I was finishing the dress up the night before we left.
You can see how the scuba with its lower stretch percentage and stiffness makes it fit a little bit differently. But it still looks awesome imho.
After seeing all the pictures with my hands in my pockets, I basically was self conscious and kept them out for these pictures. LOL. I styled this dress with a thin gold belt from Winners.
The neckline was fixed for the final version. It doesn’t really bother me in either of these dresses. It’s much better in the ponti version since the fabric has better recovery. The scuba version definitely has a more pronounced neckline issue as well as an issue with gaping pockets. I used a lighter jersey to line the pockets due to a few reasons. I didn’t want to have too much bulk from sewing through three layers of fabric at the waist and I didn’t have enough fabric. The dress also had to be cut 4 inches shorter, but that turned out to be a great thing since I love the length.
I really wanted to take these pictures and get the post ready for the launch of the pattern, because I love it so much. I had a rough September and October due to having gluten back in my diet in order to get tested for celiac disease and spent a lot of the time sick. I’m back on my gluten free diet now and automatically feel better. I mean I still have a chronic illness, but a chronic illness plus an extra amount of horrible migraines, allergy attacks, GI issues, and not being able to eat for fear of throwing up is the worst. I often have all of these issues, but not to that degree. And of course, it is fall here, so if it isn’t me being sick, it’s raining. I actually managed to take these after it had rained off and on all day.
There will be many more Rivermont iterations in the future. I plan on making a stretch velvet peplum next. 😀
13 thoughts on “Cashmerette Rivermont Pattern”
These dresses look fantastic on you! The purple is particularly stunning–sophisticated, yet sexy at the same time. Leave the length if you can. It adds to the classy look.
Thank you so much, Brigette. 🙂
Oh, I especially love the lace over scuba version! So pretty! You’ve done a great job, as always.
Glad that you’re feeling a bit better back on the gluten free diet too.
Thank you so much, Lara! ❤ I’m so glad to be back on my regular diet for sure.
Glad you’re back to a meal plan that works. My doctor got me to try gluten free while you were introducing it back. I had all the problems you had + my usual. I hadn’t had migraines since I finished the menopause and I’d forgotten how vicious they are. Back to gluten + minimum roughage and I’m coping. Stay as well as you can and keep smiling that lovely smile
Thanks Lucy! Being back on my regular diet has been great. I definitely can’t tolerate gluten at all.
Take care! 🙂
The lace dress is fantastic…cannot wait to see more. Take care of yourself. That is the most important thing. Sue c.r.
Thanks so much, Sue. Take care as well! ❤
This dress looks so great on you. I love that this dress has pockets!
Thanks so much! Pockets are the best! ❤ These hold a lot!
A die, this is probably my favourite outfit you have ever made. I love everything about it. Well done.
Thanks so much, Judy! ❤