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)...
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.