Cambie, my sweet
The Cambie dress .. this pattern is probably in my top 3 of dresses. I just LOVE it so much. I love the style, I love the fit, it’s kinda princessy but quite retro in the same time. You can’t feel bad with your body in the dress – it is just the most feminin dress I’ve ever wore (I al making too much of a big deal of it ?!). I dreamt of this pattern for few month and last spring, I finally bought it. I was so happy to have it that I decided to make it in a Kaffe Fassett fabric, you’ve maybe seen that dress on my instagram. But you haven’t seen it on my blog. What’s the reason? Because I don’t assume it at all ! And In this blog, as I like to speak to you about the garnement that I make and like (and wear everyday), I just couldn’t blog that dress. Blogging for blogging is not so interesting for me. SO anyway, I waited to find the perfect fabric to make it again. And I found it.
This stunning fabric is a chambray Raw Dots from Les trouvailles d’Amandine. It is quite an expensive fabric so that was my summer treat when I went back to France for holidays. I already used the “bleu ciel” chambray for a Chardon skirt that you can see here, and I wanted a darker fabric for autumn (Yes, isn’t it crazy that I was already planning my autumn wardrobe in July ?!). I took the risk to order just 1m50 when the pattern recommended 3 yards (but I actually used only 2 yards for the first version so it wasn’t the biggest risk of my life to be honest). So I was hopping that it would fit in it… and it did! What a relief!
So let’s start with the dress first that i LOVE so much as I’ve already said. I can’t deny that it has a princess style, but I totally assume it. I actually did a smaller size than the first one because that flowery dress was a bit too big for me and I had to add a belt to tie on the back. This size is actually fine. I followed the exact pattern, but I ended up taking off 10 cm of each side of the back skirt as it was two much gathered.
The pattern is really well made, and the packaging is simple but nice. The pattern has been printed on a thin paper tho, which I’m not a huge fan about as it is hard to keep in a good condition. The explanations are really good, so I didn’t have any problem. There is actually a sew along available with teaches you different variations to make. I really like the button one here.
The first time I’ve made this dress, I decided not to line it… Big mistake! I ended up having to make a LOT of differents facings… So this time I did! I lined the bust of the dress but not the skirt. This dress is, in my opinion, not for sewing beginners : you need to know how to line a dress, to insert an invisible zip, to make the gathered sleeves and skirt…. Quite a few techniques you need to know before starting this project. But if you do later on, you wont be disappointed!
Regarding the fabric, I’m really content. It is a very nice bio chambray with raw dots, in a denim color to wear in autumn. It is very easy to sew and a very comfy fabric. You can use it in both sides, so it is perfect if you like contrasts, on a shirt for example, like Eleonore’s version of the Bruyère shirt.
As you can imagine, it has been quite cold in the last few days (I really don’t understand the weather lately, it is even snowing in Calgary ?!) so I am wearing it with a marine cardigan. I am desperately looking for a nice knit brown cardigan but I can’t knit and it is hard to find one in a relatively good quality… I wear it in this pictures with blue tights but I think I’m going to buy mustard tight/cardigan and it would be nice too.
For the pictures we went to the Westmount Greenhouses in Montréal. The Westmount Greenhouses? Heart at first sight. You can find it on Sherbrooke street, and it has been built in 1923 by Lord & Burnham, who built greenhouses in New York and in Washington as well. It is a very nice place to discover. You can just go there (for free!) and walk around, sit and read a book, or smell all the flowers and plants for hours. I just loved that place ! We actually took two garnements there, so you’ll be able to enjoy it again in a next post !
Anyway, what do you think about this dress? Could you assume this retro-princessy style?
Dress : Homemade, Cambie dress
Shoes : Tom’s
Bag : Little Burgundy
Photographs : Westmount Greenhouses, Montréal