I am becoming more and more keen on Cashmerette patterns. I recently sewed up another version of the Springfield top (will hopefully blog that one soon) and the fit was SO good without any alterations! My Appleton dresses and tops have had quite a bit of wear, and I’m looking forward to giving the Webster dress a go soon as well. Although I sew the smallest size of the Cashmerette range, I am definitely shaped in a “plus size” way, and what appears to be a built in forward shoulder and sway back alteration please me greatly.
This is the Cashmerette Dartmouth knit top. The pattern description is as follows: Dreaming of a pattern that is casual and chic? Look no further than the Dartmouth Top! This cross-over jersey top comes with two variations—a classic fixed wrap or modern ruched front—and features three sleeve lengths and a gape-free banded neckline. Whether made in a cozy sweater knit or slinky silk jersey, the Dartmouth is the perfect partner for your favorite pair of jeans! RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Mid-weight knit fabric, such as cotton or rayon jersey, with at least 50% stretch. Also suitable for light to mid-weight sweater knits.
Now, I know that there are a million patterns out there for tops like this. BUT, there aren’t a million of them out there drafted for shapes like mine. I sewed size 12 C/D, graded out to a larger size through the waist, and I also folded out a couple of inches at waist level from the overall length of the pattern.
The fabric was leftovers from a dress I made earlier in the year – a slippery poly/spandex knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics. I love the print, but it does show every bit of muffin top from the elastic waistband of the pants underneath.
The wide band around the neckline helps the top to sit nicely. This is the version with ruching at the side seams.
This is a simple but well drafted pattern, and the instructions are very clear. I can see why Cashmerette patterns are become very popular. Even though some of the styles aren’t my cup of tea, there’s definitely a sizeable market for this range.