I was quite thrilled when I saw Indie Pattern Month’s first challenge: Dresses! This in my wheelhouse. I love making and wearing dresses. Love it. This gave me the incentive to make up my third Sewaholic Cambie, though only the second in this view.
I bought this tropical print cotton just a couple of months ago at a thrift store, and knew immediately that it would make a fabulous Cambie. It’s a medium weight with a crisp finish, and it just called out for a sundress.
Since I was already planning to use this fabric for a Cambie, the Monthly Stitch theme gave me incentive to get moving on it. I cut it out on a Wednesday night, and was finishing up the hem on Sunday morning. Sometimes a group deadline is really helpful!
The busyness of the fabric was both blessing and curse. I had to lay out the pattern pieces carefully, and moved them around quite a bit before cutting, since I wanted to avoid a red flower or yellow stamen landing in the wrong spots. I think I managed in the end. You can see the print clearly in these closeups.
It’s a very well-designed dress, fully lined, with the nice suggested detail of making the inner waistband piece in the fashion fabric. I love that detail even if only you know it’s there. It gives the inside such a nice feel. And there is a fabulous technique for sewing the lining to the invisible zip so that you don’t have to hand stitch it, which I love as it is both quicker and tidier looking in the end.
I also love the cut-on pockets — they hide visually in a print, but are so convenient. They lie smoothly and don’t rumple up like side seam pockets can. And they are also fairly easy to sew up.
Another win for the Cambie. It’s a great pattern that turns out a lovely dress — but it’s not not too hard, and has nice finishing touches. I found that I had to make a bodice muslin the first time around and did have to make a number of minor adjustments, as I’ve noted. So I do recommend muslining this one. But because of the drafting with the pear-shaped figure in mind, I didn’t have to make major adjustments like usual with a fitted style. I love this design and think it is a really sassy dress. Here’s me feeling a little like Anna Wintour in it!