As you can tell from the fall foliage, it’s been a while since I tested the Cashmerette Dartmouth top! It’s a good addition to Jenny’s line-up, and I’m happy to finally be able to talk about it!
Dartmouth is a knit fixed cross-over top. I sewed the version with ruching at the sides, but there is also a version with a flat front. I know my fabric choice hides all the details, so I’ll try to walk you through them.
Neckline: Finished with a band. The easing of a shorter band onto a longer neckline keeps the neckline snug. I wear a camisole underneath when I wear it to work.
The back and two front hems are all finished seperately, them the sides seams are sewn up last. Scratch that! Jenny says the final version is hemmed all in one go at the end!
Ruching: I found the instructions very clear and straightforward. Only the outer layer is ruched, so there is minimal extra bulk.
Sleeves: In my tester version, the long sleeve turned out shorter than I expected. If you have long arms, do check the sleeves length before you cut. The shoulders fit just right.
Fabric: I used a light rayon knit with poor elasticity. The result is a more relaxed fit that I prefer. If you choose something snappy like cotton lycra, you will get a snugger shirt – or you could up a size. I think it all depends on your figure and how you like your clothes to fit! There is no ruching in the back, so a tight fit will mean your bra line etc may show.
Sizing: The tester version ran small (which Jenny figured out before I sewed mine, so I adjusted accordingly), but the sizing has now been adjusted to be in line with the fit of her other patterns. I generally find I sew exactly the same size in any pattern she makes, and I appreciate that consistency!
Personally, it’s a little outside my fashion comfort-zone, although I’ve worn it a handful of times. There are two layers of fabric over the belly, and thats an area where I try not to add volume. I’m so used to wearing loose shirts that something close-cut makes me feel a bit exposed. That’s completely personal though – if this is a style of top you like, then this pattern does it well! On me, the back hem rides up, and that makes it feel front-heavy. If I make myself one again, I’ll slash and spread over the bum. I plan to pass this top on to my sister, and I bet she’ll look fabulous in it.
Don’t mind my unsmiling photos though – I was apparently channeling a pensive look. It doesn’t mean I don’t like this top! I had *just* finished sewing it and ran outside to get some pictures as the sun set. Someone give me a snack, stat! (And a haircut! Oi vey!)
I hope that helps you decide if this is the pattern for you! Do you like wearing faux wrap tops?