I’m happy to share my first non-tester version of the Cashmerette Washington dress!
This is an easy everyday dress with the comfort of a knit bodice and the structure of a woven skirt. It adds possibilities for color blocking and print and color contrasts, all the while making it a super fast and easy dress to sew. The most difficult part of sewing this pattern, is figuring out the fabrics in which to use to make it!
I’m not going to share with you my tester version as it was made with some hideous polyester fabric that came in a long ago fabric mystery bundle from Fabric Mart. It was a good way to test the pattern and figure out what changes I would need in the future, which is exactly what pattern testing and muslin making is. I had been wanting to make another Washington dress for a while, but I spent a lot of time contemplating fabric choices. It seems like the versions that I loved the most had colors that complimented each other and a black waistband seemed to be the most flattering.
And then one day I saw the new arrivals on the Smuggler’s Daughter website and this gorgeous floral embroidered cotton border print caught my eye. There was just enough yardage to make the Washington skirt and I snatched it up before it was sold out. I decided to pair it with a dark teal rayon jersey for the bodice and a black cotton double knit for the waistband, all purchased from Stonemountain and Daughter in Berkeley. I actually bought more of the double knit for future Washington dresses.
This dress went together quickly. I love the way that t-shirt bodice fits. I shortened the bodice by about a 1/2″ to get the waistband to hit me at my natural waistline. As I had little of my embroidered cotton fabric and the skirt is an a-line, I had to cut the skirt a tad bit differently in order to accommodate the border print, so my skirt hem is a bit askew because of it. I did manage to match up all of the embroidery — even the blending the floral bouquet on one of the sides of the skirt so it’s nearly seamless.
There’s clear elastic where the bodice is sewn to the waistband. I barely had enough for this dress, so it fits a little tightly in the area, although it did stretch out more as I was wearing this dress.
I’m super happy with this dress. Its comfortable and warm and I wear it about once a week. I’m certainly looking forward to making another one when the right fabric comes along!
Note: I received this pattern in exchange for testing this dress in it’s initial stages.
- Dress: Cashmerette Washington in rayon jersey (bodice), cotton double knit (waistband) and embroidered cotton (skirt), made by me
- Boots: Aerosoles