CAMÌ – ATELIER BRUNETTE
At the moment, it seems to be all about the Cami! It must be because this dress is both very feminine and simple but also has a lot of nice little details. I’ve seen quite a few nice Cami Dresses before, but I couldn’t really imagine myself wearing one. But today is the day that THIS dress, from Pauline Alice herself, has won me over. I wanted it, and I wanted it now. Just before I started mine, Sandra made a stunning one in Chambray fabric; you should go have a look at it. Her dress was the last push I needed to make my own.
As I didn’t plan on adding a Cami Dress to my to-do-list, I didn’t really have the fabric to make it. So I decided to go for the fabric “cachette” from Atelier Brunette & Fifi Mandirac (new collection spring/summer 2014). To be honest it didn’t get off to a great start. Why I hear you ask? Because the pattern requires 2m of fabric and I only had 1.50m… But as I had decided to make it using this particular fabric, I had to find a way to make it work. And I succeeded! But it wasn’t easy…
To begin with, what I really love about this pattern is that it fits on only… 16 pages! That’s just the best right?! The skirt is just a panel of 100cm x 55 cm so there was no need to use a template for it and Pauline Alice explains clearly where exactly you need to put the pockets. Next, I found that the schemas and explanations were very clear and simple. I just had a bit of trouble with the collar, don’t ask me why, sadly I don’t know! Maybe because it was the first time I’ve made one like this, or perhaps because I was tired but it went a bit wrong…. Twice! Even Monsieur had to tell me to stop! Anyway, the next day I managed to get it right straight away. I was also able to use my new machine to do the button holes automatically, how good is that?!
As the fabric is quite light, I wanted to do the same skirt as in the template. So I made the panel that she recommends but obviously, because of my lack of fabric, it’s quite a bit shorter than it’s supposed to be. Good thing I’m a small girl! Next time I’ll try to make it longer. For anyone who is wondering if I lined the top part: I didn’t! I thought it might have been quite transparent, but again it’s not. The invisible zip I used is only 20cm long and allowed me to put the pockets higher up: at 9cm instead of at 19cm as is normally recommended. In my opinion, I think it works better this way. I’ve made this dress in a size 36 but I had to reduce the bust quite a lot, so next time I’ll make it in a size smaller from the beginning. I like to wear this dress with a belt because it has a slimming effect on the waist. My only regret would be the bust, which ends up being quite straight whereas I prefer the patterns which follow the shape of the body.
Patron : Cami Dress, Pauline Alice
Size : 36
Fabric : coton “cachette” Atelier Brunette & Fifi Mandirac
Photographs: Sugarloaf lake, Estrie, Québec.