I hope you’re all doing well! I’m happy to be sharing my non-tester version of the Cashmerette Turner dress. I tested this pattern several months ago and made a version in some cheap grey animal print poly jersey that I had in my stash, so I won’t be sharing that. However, I’m definitely sharing my latest version sewn from the final pattern.
The Turner is a knit skater dress pattern with a lined bodice and sleeve variations. It’s an incredibly quick and easy sew and a definite wardrobe builder. It took me about two hours to sew this on Thanksgiving Eve, which may have been less if I wasn’t fiddling with my DVR for part of that time. I already had this dress cut out, so that probably helped save me time. It’s also a fast cutting project with minimal pattern pieces. I say that as I have been sewing garments lately that have many pieces and longer construction times than I planned for. This dress is a refreshing sew, especially as I had few modifications.
The only alteration I made to this dress was to lengthen the skirt about 1 1/2″, both to account for my height and my skirt length preference. I graded between sizes to suit my varying measurements as is standard for me.
I used this sublime navy organic stretch cotton jersey courtesy of Organic Cotton Plus. This was my first time sewing with one of their fabrics and it was a very nice experience. Most of the organic cotton knits that I see don’t have any stretch to them and I’m always wary of buying any. I was happy to find a stretch jersey on the OCP site and I’m very happy with the result. I pre-washed the fabric and the photos are taken after its second wash. I’m actually wearing this dress again today and the fabric looks and feels the same. It’s a nice weight for a jersey and oh so comfy.
My plan was originally to make a Cashmerette Appleton wrap dress with this fabric, but then I got my Turner pattern in the mail and decided that I’d like a new version of that and here we are. 🙂
This dress is a bit plain. Basically I think of solid colored dresses like this as plain as I’m undeniably a print girl. But this is really the kind of dress that fits so perfectly in my wardrobe and will be worn quite often in the colder months. I tend to wear out my knit dresses (Moneta, Appleton and now Turner dress patterns) when it gets cold here and live in them. They’re so easy to wear and throw on and they keep me warm. I have no doubt that I’ll make another version sometime soon.
One of the best things about a simple dress like this one is that you can dress it up with accessories. It’s the perfect canvas for accessorizing. Plus, this color goes with so many things.
I need two or three more Turners in my closet. I’d love to have a wool jersey version. I do have a length of merino jersey in my stash and if I have enough, I’ll definitely make a Turner with it. I *may* even prefer this pattern to the Moneta. I think perhaps I prefer the flared skirt and the v-neck of this one, but both patterns are great. This one will be in my wardrobe rotation until spring, so hopefully I don’t wear it out too much washing it!
Note: I received the fabric for this dress at no charge in return for a review. I received this pattern in return for being a pattern tester. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
- Dress: Cashmerette Turner dress in organic stretch cotton jersey, made by me
- Boots: Aerosoles
- Belt: Macy’s
- Earrings: BaubleBar
- Pin: Vintage from my grandma