It's a Cashmerette Kind Of Birthday

My first Cashmerette pattern and it's a good one! This is the Turner dress,a soft and elegant style knit dress with loads of variation potential. These dresses were gifts for my sister and friend for their respective birthdays - hopefully they liked them!

The pattern: The patterns are drafted for different cup sizes so that was great to have a whole range of fitting options to choose from. I had one PDF printed, the other I taped together. I would recommend just getting it printed! I made a toile for my friend in some navy jersey and it fit, with a few teaks to the waistline which was a fraction too big. We did notice that nearly everyone on photos wore a belt though so perhaps this waist room was normal. We chose a sleeve length and then picked out some fabulous fabric!

My sister's was slightly easier as we are pretty much the same size so I could just try it on! The bonus of family sewing.

Construction: Oh this was so good to whiz up on the over-locker. The pattern pieces fit together perfectly and it was really and enjoyable make. Then neckline is bound with stretch jersey binding so soft on the skin. The arms and hem were turned and cover-stitched with rainbow thread inside.

The Fabric: Extensive research took place for the perfect fabric (oh what a shame, all that fabric browsing is such a chore! ;-) The pink floral is from Angela at Jellyfabrics. There was just short of the required amount so some serious pattern Tetris went on trying to get everything to fit. I had to cut the back skirt in two pieces and create a seam however you can't really tell because of the print.

This super blue watercolour fabric was from Flamingo Fabrics and fortunately the right quantity was available. In fact I bought a 1/2m more just in case!! (Sewing for someone else is so nerve-wracking isn't it?!)

I think the bright fabrics added to the enjoyment of making these, and doing something for loved ones that is a bit of a treat. Plus - I bloody love jersey so was in my element.

Conclusion: Brilliant pattern, very detailed and the size range was excellent. My sister has worn hers loads and will certainly be receiving more in future now I know it was a success!

Edit: Here is lovely Laura giving it some twirls!

Shortly after this I also whipped up another in some incredible seagull print jersey from Jellyfabrics! Hey if a pattern works, it works.

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