Guys, I’ve been holding out on you – there were Me-Made May photos you never saw! But this top was too cute to sit in my closet unworn all month. Meet the Cashmerette Webster Top and Dress!
Let’s start here: It’s a woven, and I find it as comfortable as a knit!
Design-wise, it’s a loose woven tank meant for drapey, fine fabrics. I sewed mine in a rayon challis, which (as always with rayon challis) was a bit of a b*tch to sew, but a dream to wear. The tester version was finished with a neck facing and bias at the armscyes, but the final version is finished with an all-in-one facing. I think that’s a great choice! I used very fine knit interfacing for mine, following a recommendation from my Fabricland clerk, and it works perfectly to stabilise without affecting drape.
The hem has a nice high-low shape, which offers my ideal coverage in front and back. There is also a dress version, which has curved panels that extend the tank into a knee-length dress. The bust is shaped with darts, and the pattern has cup-sizes. Here I sewed a 16E/F, which is my go-to size in Cashmerette… even though the size chart would put me in 16C/D. You can see the armscyes are just a smidge low, which may be in part from sewing a cup size up.
Speaking of bosoms… the neckline. It’s perfect on me for casual summer days… but when I wear it to work, I need a camisole underneath. (There’s a reason almost all these pictures are shot from below, not above!) I find that when I sit, the neckline does some kind of riding up/gaping sideways thing, and I don’t sew or wear enough wovens to know why. Is the back pulling, is the bust riding up, or something else?
I could raise the neckline, of course, but I hate messing with facings… and the neckline needs to be finished with a facing because it’s got a party in the back!
Hello, sassy back view! These crossover straps are popular in RTW, but it was my first time sewing them. Getting them pinned and sewn in place perfectly was more time consuming than my normal projects, but in that good way where it’s done just as you get bored! I think it has great impact, and helps to make the top feel modern and fun.
Check out the early spring leaves in the background – I took these pics in April when it was no more than 10c!
So there you have it – another great pattern for the curvy ladies amongst us! Cashmerette has done a lot of classic basics, so I like that this one is a bit more trendy. I could definitely see sewing more for myself this summer!