Bonnie, the The Confident Stitch Sample Maker, recently sewed the Cashmerette Rivermont Top #1203 out of a St. James Knit in White with Navy Stripes. She made it for my daughter, Charlotte, who lives in Denver. Charlotte is a little bit smaller than me, but if something fits me, it’ll most likely fit her as well.
Is the Cashmerette Rivermont Top Easy?
Bonnie found the fabric and the pattern easy to sew. Our St. James Knit is a ponte, or double-knit, so it’s stable and its edges don’t curl. The biggest challenge Bonnie faced during this project was matching the stripes on the sleeves with the stripes on the armscyes. She also omitted the center back seam so she wouldn’t have to match stripes there.
Bonnie made the top in size 14 with an E/F cup. It fit both Charlotte and me well, except that the upper back was a little broad, and the bust dart was a little high. Bonnie could have altered both the bust dart and the upper back on me, but without Charlotte’s actual body, we were both reticent to make many changes. I took the top to Denver and gave it to Charlotte last weekend. She has the same tiny fit issues I did, but, overall, the top looks awesome on her! Peplum tops are one of her favorite styles.
Cashmerette Rivermont Top Conclusions
Bonnie gives this pattern four out of five stars, and says it works for beginners to advanced sewers. She offers a few things to think about while you’re sewing: This pattern has “negative” bust ease, so the size 14 E/F fits a person with a 43-inch bust, but the final garment measurement is a little more than 39 inches. Also, the seam allowance for this pattern is only 3/8-inch, leaving less wiggle-room than a traditional 5/8-inch seam allowance. Finally, if you take in or let out the side seams, do the same on the peplum side seams so everything lines up perfectly.
Have you made the Rivermont Top, or any other Cashmerette knit garments? What did you think?