As a contestant in the SOSM, I had a feeling the Cambie would be the final challenge, and the three finalists did fabulous interpretations of the pattern. As much as I wished I had been able to compete in those later challenges, it was nice being able to make something for the love of sewing, without worrying so much about changing up the pattern or coming up with something new, novel and extra-special. It's also a bit of a relief knowing I don't have to expertly finish each and every seam :)
|Full back coverage--love!|
This dress wasn't my original plan for this pattern--I actually unpinned the Cambie pattern pieces from a different fabric (a silk/cotton plaid suiting that I still intend to use!) to make this version first. This Anna Sui silk/cotton voile from Mood was purchased to be a top of some kind, but the print was larger than I'd expected, so I immediately switched gears to sew it up as a dress.
Incredibly, I managed to eek out the shell of this full-skirted dress out of only 2 yards of 44" wide fabric! To do this, I reduce the the back panels of the skirt to be same width (+ seam allowance) as half of the front panel. I'm not sure why the back panels are drafted to be quite so full, but I think my version is plenty full enough! For sizing, I cut size 2 for bust and hips and graded up to size 4 for the waist. I also did a petite adjustment on the bodice (and think I could use a tiny bit more) and the shoulder seam.
The hot pink silk taffeta waistband totally makes this dress, in my opinion. I only wish the pink in the design was a little more apparent!
|Back waistband and invisible zipper|
I don't love full skirts ordinarily but chose that version of this dress because the fabric was so lightweight, and thus more suitable for gathering. But I didn't want even more bulk in that particular area, so the dress lining is actually the A-line version of the pattern (in 100% silk, crepe-ish type fabric). I called my mom to get a second opinion of the idea before cutting my silk, but it worked really well! The two fabrics don't cling together, so the overskirt flows over the narrower lining.
The seams were serger-finished, with a blind-stitched hem for the outer skirt and a regular straight stitch for the lining.
I am completely in love with this pattern. The style is just right, the full-coverage back is good for me and I adore the way Tasia sews the lining sewn into the dress (so clean and perfect!). Literally, my biggest beef is something I could fix easily myself (and should have for this dress) and that's simply that I'd like the pockets to extend up to be sewn into the waistband. Other than that, I can see using this pattern for work dresses or even more fancy frocks than this one (all-over lace anyone?).
This one will likely get worn with a great pair of brown patent and suede d'Orsay heels to one of two weddings we have in October. (By the way, would it be completely gauche to wear it to both? The weddings are on opposite coasts and there will be no overlapping attendees, except for the omnipresent Facebook...) In any case, the dress fabric came in at under $60, and considering it's mostly silk, that's a darn reasonable party dress!