Say hello to my version of the newest Cashmerette pattern, the Turner dress!
It’s a streamlined take on a simple skater dress. The front bodice is lined, so the v-neckline is sharp and easy to sew. As always, the pattern has cup sizes and a variety of sleeve lengths!
I tested this pattern back in the spring. My tester version was made with super bright batik-style floral ITY, which I adored in the store, but never once actually wore. It ended up feeling a bit twee. The fit was great though, so when I wanted a classic striped dress this fall, I pulled it out!
(Sorry for the dizzying effect of the stripes on screen… I hope it’s not that bad in real life!)
This version is sewn with a navy-and-white textured polyester double knit. I only had 2m, so I cut the back in two pieces and on the grain. Let’s call it a design feature, shall we?
One problem with this squishy fabric though – when I sewed the neckline, it stretched out and became indecently low. I managed to make it wearable by inserting some clear elastic to tighten up the V, but even now, I wouldn’t wear this to work without a large scarf. (It you have cleavage that touches, you’d be fine – as it is on me, any person talking to me would look right down at my bra!) It wasn’t a problem on my ITY tester version though, so I think it’s the fabric and not the pattern. Regardless, next time I’ll raise that V a bit… or play with the neckline to make it scooped or square instead!
Obviously, there are TONS of skater dress patterns out there.. and if you’ve got one that fits you and you love, then stick with it! But here’s what I think sets this one apart for curvy women, compared to patterns like Lady Skater or Moneta that never quite worked on me:
- Cup sizes means you get a better fit at the armscye, and that your waist seem is level and not pulling up at the front
- Built-in swayback
- Lined front bodice allows you to finish the neck without a band, which I think elevates it to a more formal look
- No waistband means it’s better on my short torso
- A-line skirt instead of gathers means it sits nicely over my bottom half!
- Fit. Cashmerette patterns are designed with what she calls a “modern amount of ease”, aka. quite snug compared to other plus-size patterns. Yes, it means you can see the line of my very snug bra band. Yes, it means the elastic at my waist pulls into my side-fat a bit… but that snugness gives me a defined waist and an hourglass figure, and I enjoy that!
Do you have a favourite skater dress pattern? (Aka. a simple fit-and-flare knit dress?) I’m happy there are so many pattern options now for simple patterns like this, because it means we can all find the one that’s just perfect for us!