Saturday, April 13, 2019

Cashmerette Montrose

Hello! This will be a quickie blog post (in honor of a wonderfully quick pattern). 

Beej and I finally replaced our old mattress with a gloriously comfortable new one, so I'm shamelessly still in bed right now even though it's 10 AM and I'm looking for ANY excuse to stay right where I am, cup of tea in hand. 

Okay, back to the Cashmerette Montrose, a beginner pattern for a simple woven top. I bought this as soon as it dropped, knowing that it would be a good basic shell with lots of hacking potential. But then, as I tend to do, I sat on it for a while and followed a bunch of other sewing whims. Seeing a bunch of hacks by Rare Device, and this one in particular, as well as seeing so many adorable Sew Liberated Hinterlands Dresses reminded me of my earlier plans. Before trying to change anything (I'm thinking a Cashmer-lands Hinter-Hack), I wanted to make one as-is. After all, I can always use a well-fitting top in my wardrobe. I had 1.5 meters of this pretty and superbly drapey Atelier Brunette Moonstone in my stash, which seemed like a good match. And it is!

Warning: I think I might have reached a critical mass in the uselessness of my modeling pics. Here you have a toilet selfie, a cardigan that covers a large portion of the garment, AND my cross body bag. Yikes. Trust me, though, the fit's great. 

Here are a few details that may be more helpful than this pic:
  • Size 18 G/H -- Full bust adjustment included, Yeehaw!
  • The fit is fantastic around the neck and shoulders. The neckline (I made Version A, the scoop neckline) hits at just the right spot. Not too high, not too low. 
  • I French-seamed everything except the sleeves. Note for next time: Finish the sleeves seams (either serge or bias binding) BEFORE sewing up the side seams. 
  • Even though I'm a shorty (5'2"), I did not need to shorten the bodice as most of my shortness is in my arms and legs. 
  • This is an easy beginner pattern and also a great basic. The instructions are precise and detailed without being overwhelming. I liked that the sleeves went in flat (my favorite) and the helpful instructions include bits like sewing the "sleeve side down against the feed dogs." That's the kind of info that I always wonder about and can't recall seeing in other indie patterns. 
  • I didn't have enough fabric to cut the pattern piece for the bias neckline strip, so I used a few squares to make my own bias tape. Atelier Brunette actually sells matching bias tape, which I think is brilliant, but I didn't have any. It felt good to have only teeny tiny scraps left over, and, bonus, I have enough tape to finish another neckline. 😊
So that's all I can think of to say about the Montrose, which my phone keeps trying to turn into "Mint Rose." I'm looking forward to adding a few more to my wardrobe for spring and summer. And, of course, there's lots of hacking potential. 

In other news, I bought fabric for the first time in several months and added these beauties to my collection, which has caused so many ideas to swirl around in my head. I love project planning!

Well, that's all. My tea is finished, and I really should get out of bed so I can make something. Thank you so much for reading and have a fantastic week! 


  1. It looks great! One of the nice things about sewing is being able to nail the fit on basic garments. And I totally get you with the photo thing....I can't seem to get any photos that aren't completely washed out in the sun, or have no lighting at all.

    1. Thanks! It's hard to find the time or a moment when I'm "feeling it." :)

  2. Love your top, especially love the fabric! I know what you mean about your new mattress. My husband and I got a sleep number mattress a few months ago and I kept saying (jokingly, of course) that I wish I'd become bedfast!

    1. LOL. New mattresses are the best! Thank you, Diane!