Thursday, 30 August 2012

Finished Project: Cambie Dress




Morning all! I have another finished project for you today. This time, it's a Cambie dress from Sewaholic. I've had this pattern in my stash since it came out but never quite got round to making it up. But then, back in May I won Marie's giveaway over at A Sewing Odyssey and I knew this fabric would be perfect for the Cambie! There was just enough to make version A.

And here it is - just in time for my summer holiday next week!
 

As many others have said after sewing this pattern, it was an absolute dream to sew up. The instructions, as per usual with Sewaholic Patterns, were clear and easy to follow. A beginner sewist could easily handle this pattern with a bit of guidance. I love this pattern! I have so many ideas for other versions. I definitely need to make the full skirted version, because all the other versions I've seen are just so lovely, but I think the A-line version could be perfect in a winter weight fabric like a wool or suiting. The A-line version is such a classic shape that it would make a great work dress too, so now all I need to do is decide what fabric to make it in!


I cut a straight size 8 for this pattern and the fit is fine. If anything it could be taken in a smidge just at the neckline, but that's mainly because I'm quite flat in my upper chest so things are often a little loose on necklines like the one on the Cambie dress. Two very small darts from the neckline down the side of the bust would probably solve this on the next version (or I could just wear a push up bra to give me more oomph! :-) ). 


I totally forgot to lengthen the skirt pieces as I was in such a rush to get started on this make so I just serged the hemline, tuned it under once and added some lace to the bottom. It worked out perfectly and I love the length of the dress as it is. But on my next version I'll remember to lengthen the skirt pieces. 


One thing I really love about this pattern (besides the pockets, because who doesn't love pockets)...

Oooh pockets...
 is that it looks just as lovely on the inside as it does on the outside. Tasia's come up with an absolute genius way of inserting the lining and the sleeves. I'm tempted to try it on a few other makes where I can. The whole thing just looks so neat and tidy. 


I used blue lace on the hem and then decided to match it by using a blue zip too. Then, because I had enough lace left over and you can never have to much pretty, I decided to add lace to the ham of the skirt lining too. 




All in all such a great make. I'll definitely be making plenty more of these.  

17 comments:

  1. Yay! Helen this is fabulous, and you're right - the fabric is just perfect for it! Have fun on your holiday next week x

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  2. What a gorgeous dress. It looks just as good in the inside :)

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    1. Doesn't it? I love dresses that look just as neat and tidy on the inside as they do on the outside - it's just a shame I don't manage in on all my makes! :-)

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  3. Really fabulous dress. I love the fabric! The lining looks so put together. I wish my dresses looked as good on the inside.

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    1. Well the neatness of the insides is completely down to Tasia's instructions for putting the dress together - not all my makes look this good inside it has to be said! :-)

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  4. Loving your cambie dress Helen , it looks perfect for a sweet summer holiday and fits great. I agree with you that it's a line style is very appropriate for work and also could work lovely with a heavier weight. I've worn mine so much to work, I think it is nearly top of the work dress pops...

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    1. Thanks! I can see me wearing this one loads too - even in the winter with a cardigan or something, but a heavier weight version is defintiely on the 'to sew' list!

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  5. Oh, your version is so lovely! You're right, it's just as pretty on the inside as the outside - the blue lace is such a darling detail :) Fabulous work!

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  6. It is so so cute! Job well done!

    -Sara, Road to the Heart

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  7. Love your Cambrie! Perfet finishing of the inside as well!

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  8. Thanks guys! I really love this pattern! Plus it made a perfect dress to wear on holiday! :-)

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  9. How on earth did I miss this post!?! Your Cambie is just lovely and what a treat to see the fabric from my giveaway used up so beautifully!

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    1. Haha thanks for picking me in the giveaway! :D It is such lovely fabric.

      So great to meet you yesterday. Thanks for organising such a fab meetup!

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