The Cambie dress pattern from Sewaholic is definitely my favorite pattern in the end. I do however think that the Kim dress pattern from BHL has good potential as well; I just can’t wait for warmer weather to show up so I can finally start it. So, until I sew Kim, Cambie is at the top of the list. I like everything about this dress : the sleeves, the sweetheart neckline, the gathered skirt…. I love it and I feel very good and confident about myself in it; it is THE sewing project I like the most, and I guess I’ll always keep this pattern!
I made this dress for the first time back in October (you can see it again here); well it was actually my second time to be honest : I made my very first last summer in a flowery fabric but I’ve never worn it because the fabric is a bit “too much” for me. Maybe during holidays in Cuba it could be ok, but for the rest of the time … no. Anyway, I’ve done this flowery fabric in size 4 and I found it a bit too big. For the chambray version, I used the size 4 for the bust, and size 2 for waist and hips. It was perfect as the dress is nicer fitted. The only problem I have is that it is very hard to feel comfortable in it all day long, especially after meals as it’s fitted at the waist. Not very practical for everyday life. I tend to keep it for shorter days with a light lunch, or to go out in the evening, which is a shame really as it’s my favorite garnement.
This was a lesson to remember for my next Cambie. This time I’ve made it entirely in size 4, which means that it fits less on the waist compare to the first one. Because of that, I find it less nice on me; but at least I can be comfortable all day and wear it few days in a week. So this is a dilemma! What’s the best : comfort or appearance?! This time I chose comfort. I’m still wondering if I should reduce it a tiny bit at the back but I’m afraid to regret it after.
Madalynne was asking a very good question the other day on social media : how many times do you have to make a commercial pattern before you find the perfect fit? For this dress I would say three times : I actually don’t count my very first as I’ve never worn it. The first time had the perfect fit but wasn’t practical for everyday life; the second is very comfortable but could have a nicer fit; I guess that for the third one, I’ll have to make the size 2 but use only 0.5cm seam allowance instead of 1.5cm. Same for the neckline which could be a bit revealing if I bent down : next time I’ll use 1cm seam allowance instead of 1.5cm. The Emery dress is as well an example for me : I love my two versions but the third one should be the best one.
And you? How many times do you need to make a pattern to have the perfect fit ? Does it happen that you have it straight the first time ?
I didn’t have any difficulties to make this dress as the diagrams are so easy to understand; you almost don’t even have to look at the instructions. There is just one thing I want to say about the lining : if you do like me and decide to line only the bodice, you’ll have to lengthen the bust and belt lining a bit : if you don’t, it will be the exact same length as the bodice, so you will not be able to hand stitch it nicely. This time, I added pocket to my version which is very practical!
Regarding the fabric, I used the Raw Plaid Burgundy from Les Trouvailles d’Amandine that I had as a gift for christmas. I saw it online first and really loved it, and asked to Maggot to go have a look for me on the french fair “Créations and Savoir Faire” in Paris : she told me it was a very nice fabric in a good quality so I bought it! I asked to my parent to bring it with them as they were coming to visit for christmas; you could order it online but the delivery fees are quite expensive.
How do you find my version ? Would you reduce the back a bit if you were me?
How many times do you have to make a pattern to have the perfect fit on you?
Pattern : Cambie dress, from Sewaholic
Size : 4
Fabric : Raw Plaid Burgundy, Les Trouvailles d’Amandine
Just to let you know : we are in a very dull period in Eastern Canada right now; we should be starting to wear spring garments (I say starting, and not always wearing!.. we’re not in Europe!) but we are way below the average temperatures (-25 and -15 this week) so I’m very stuck with little sewing inspiration. All I want is to sew is spring garments, but all I can wear is winter ones! I should have sewn a Cascade coat from Grainline Studio instead of a Quart trench from Pauline Alice right! I can’t wait to show you my next project but as you can guess, you’ll have to wait for the weather to get warm! Sorry guys! Anyway, let’s meet again for the independant pattern review by the end of the month! Have a nice week y’all!