Are you a ladyboss? Then this is the dress for you! Cashmerette Rivermont is a fitted ponte dress with lots of darts for shaping. It’s a really classic, business-appropriate style. To me it says, “Look at me! I’m hot, AND I’m in charge!”
Which, I have to say, means it’s not the ideal dress for my day job, which often involves sitting on the floor to read with students! However, my sister works is a conference planner for a governance non-profit, and she often needs smart clothing for big events. This dress is for her,
and I hope she’ll love it and she got lots of compliments when wearing it to work!
Let’s look at the basics, shall we? Rivermont has a fitted bodice with four darts in front and two in back. The neckline is finished with a shoulder-to-shoulder facing, which is caught in the arm seams to keep it in place. I chose to topstitch mine down anyway, but thanks to some tweaks after testing, you shouldn’t need to.
Like many Cashmerette patterns, the neckline is wide, so bring it in if you wear narrow-set bras straps like I usually do. There is also an option for a peplum top with short sleeves – I could definitely see using this bodice with a variety of skirt shapes. An a-line shape would definitely make it less body-con!
During testing, the dress was designed with a snug fit in mind. Since then, the sizing has been made more generous! I sewed this version based on finished measurements, which at the time put me up a size, but now I think the size chart would give something similar to this fit. Do check the finished measurements if you aren’t sure what size to pick, and when in doubt, I’d size up and take in the side seams later!
The skirt is a classic pencil shape, with an optional walking vent. The balance of my skirt isn’t quite right – see how it tents out in front and back, and collapses a bit at the sides? I’ve love suggestions on what to tweak to make it hang perfectly!
The skirt has big, deep pockets, which do add some volume on the front hips. I rather like the effect though – it gives a very hour-glass effect overall! I’m wearing the dress with a black elastic “belt” (it’s just elastic sewn in a loop) which for me helps raise and define the waist. My sister is taller and has a lower waist than me, so the fit is just right on her!
The fabric is a heavy ponte from Fabricland. I muslined this in a medium-weight scuba, and just couldn’t get the facings or hems sharp, so I would suggest a fabric that presses well.
Here it is on Anne, who is also showing off her new Find Your Fade Shawl!
I have to give kuddos to Jenny and her pattern drafter for the fit on this on. The bust and shoulders just fit so well right out of the gate! The armscye is high and fitted enough that the dress doesn’t lift up when you move your arms, and the the built-in FBA options are fantastic. At this point, I can’t imagine choosing to sew a fitted dress like this from any other pattern line. I regularly sew Cashmerette patterns for Anne and myself, and the fit is so consistent across sizes and patterns. I always need to add room for my booty, but that’s easy to do in advance when patterns are drafted consistently. If you are size 12+ and you haven’t tried Cashmerette yet, you really should!
That’s a lot of love for a pattern I wouldn’t wear myself, isn’t it? Maybe I’ll make one for meetings when I want to look fancy. In the mean time, I hope Anne gets lots of use from this one!