Pattern: Cambie Dress by Sewaholic
This is my first attempt at a Sewaholic pattern, and I’m impressed.
Tasia proportions her products for “pear-shaped” bodies (smaller bust, wider hips) which I do not have, so I had to do some serious adjusting, but it was fun! Maybe it was just my attitude or increased experience, but I didn’t have the frustration I felt when trying to get Colette patterns to fit me.
I graded the skirt from 12 at the waist to 8 at the hips, and I could have gone down to a 6. It was super wide! For the bodice, I started with size 14 and did some funky stuff to it, because I seem to stubbornly resist learning how to do a classic FBA. I princess seamed it, added a side bust dart, and then took out an inch on each side at the underarm (tapering to nothing at the waist). It still has too much fabric at the neckline, so next time I’m going to adjust the top of the princess seam to take out another inch.
I’ll also add an inch to the bodice length, and maybe add shoulder darts at the back too, to tweak the fit further.
Because yes, I’ll be making another! I love this pattern!
The main fabric is Lucy’s Crab Shack by Sweetwater for Moda. I find it hard to find apparel weight cotton or linen in lovely prints …. do you? I was even in the downtown fabric district, but seemed to be awash in a sea of quilting cottons and synthetics. I guess this is technically a quilting cotton but the hand is pretty soft, so I went with it.
What kind of fabric do YOU have trouble finding?
I fully lined the dress with cotton batiste* which was a bit of a pain when it came to sewing the two layers together. I’d stay stitched the neckline of the lining, but not the main fabric (just forgot to do so), and they turned out to be radically different lengths by the time I got to that step. So the inside is not, ahem, pretty.
The next dress won’t really need a lining, so I’m going to try just binding the neckline/arm edges with bias binding.
I think I need three of these puppies. Because seriously, this is my favourite garment I’ve ever made for myself. Thanks for the great pattern, Tasia!
*Funny story. I asked someone at Michael Levine if they had any cotton batiste, and she led me to the batiks. Um, lovely, but not what I was looking for ;-)