Cedar Dolman Dress

Every year my family takes pictures for our Christmas card. We start with a color scheme and go from there. This year we chose orange, brown, and blue. After searching my closet for something to wear, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to make something new. My sister’s coworker and family friend Shotwell used her professional camera to take some pretty amazing pictures for us. I’ve only included pictures of myself because we haven’t sent out our Christmas cards yet.

I chose the Cedar Dolman top from Cashmerette because the silhouette would really let the fabric shine. I’ve made this pattern twice before – once in a jersey knit with the tie front and another one in a printed cotton without the ties. I was confident in the sizing and comfortable with the directions.

I used a viscose linen noil in Rooibos from Blackbird fabrics that was deep in my stash. That specific color isn’t in stock but there are a lot of other beautiful colors available. One of my new sewing goals is to just cut into my fabric without fear. So that’s what I did. And I am incredibly excited about the end result.

I made the pattern in a size 24 with the G/H cup. This time I lengthened the hem by 15 inches to make it dress length. The only other alteration I did was to serge and topstitch the hem instead of using the hem facing. I was short on time and this method was quicker to finish the hem.

This pattern is underrated and I really don’t know why. It can be made in a knit or woven and could be easily hacked. Fabric choice makes all the difference with this pattern and I have some lovely options that will work well. I’m already planning on several hacks for 2020 including a color blocked version.