Often at the first release of a Cashmerette pattern I think “nah, a bit too conservative for me” or “not really my style”. Then I think about it for a while – and then I often buy and sew one up, and I’m really pleased that I did. For example, the Webster dress.
Oh, how I wish I’d remembered to put my lipstick on before these photos were taken! Anyway, I think that this dress is a win. The pattern comes with a top and a dress version. I chose the dress as it takes less coordination and I prefer to wear a sleeveless dress rather than a sleeveless top in really hot weather – the tops require a skirt or pants, and if it’s really hot I don’t want a waistband.
From the website: Turn heads in the Webster Top and Dress! Featuring a hi-low hem and playful crossover back, this elegant design can be made as either a tunic or a knee-length dress. The V-neck bodice is bra-friendly and semi-fitted, while the flowy, unfitted skirt is perfect for dancing. Intended for lightweight wovens, turn the Webster into a breezy festival top with cotton lawn or a slinky party dress with silk charmeuse. RECOMMENDED FABRIC:Lightweight woven fabric such as rayon, voile, silk or crepe de chine.
I chose to sew size 12 C/D, as that seems to be “my” Cashmerette size. I didn’t make any alterations – next time I sew this I would shorten it. I feel that it’s a bit too long for my 158cm height. The armholes and neckline are finished with an all-in-one facing, and it sits beautifully when I wear it.
I am pretty impressed at how bra-friendly this dress actually is! I really like V necklines, and both the front and back V of this dress are quite deep yet no bra is revealed (and my bra isn’t a skimpy one). The cross over straps on the back are a really pretty feature, but they also act to keep the dress anchored and where it should be.
I used a rayon batik sarong I’d bought in Bali for the dress. It’s got just the right amount of flow, and plenty of happy memories! I like that this dress feels loose but it isn’t too huge. Lots of movement as it ripples when I walk. And as always, I like the high-low hemline. I’ll be sad when they are completely out of fashion!
Another great pattern from Cashmerette – and another good illustration of how you can make a style your own through your fabric choice. If you want to sew this dress (or the top version) the instructions are quite comprehensive, and there is also a sewalong on the Cashmerette website.