Robe Cami – second time round. Lately it seems like when I like a pattern, I like to do it over and over again, and almost always straight after, right? Previous examples being my two ‘Piper Misses’ tops, my two ‘Callie’ tops (one still unblogged). I also think that every time, I manage quite well to make really different versions. As I’ve said already, my way to work is with ‘coup de coeurs’, and this pattern was a huge one for me. This time I decided to go straight for a size 34, as I reduced the size 36 a lot last time.
I decided to do the collar in a different colour for two reasons. Firstly I wasn’t sure I had enough fabric (1.5m), as I had trouble previously fitting the first Cami in only 1.5m. Secondly my favourite version of this dress of all is by Pauline Alice herself, and she used a white collar on a liberty dress. I feel it gives a little something different. I used the cami dress ‘Sew Along’ to make the collar this time, with no difficulty (link here).
My new sewing machine makes automatic buttonholes, which is just magic. As you’ve probably noticed, I have done a lot of garments with buttonholes lately, just because it’s so easy. That’s why for this version I decided to add buttons on the skirt as well. This was very simple, cutting the front skirt exactly in half, and then using the measurement of the top of the dress for the button part. I used again a 1 meter large skirt to have a nice gathered skirt.
I chose to use an invisible zip, and thanks to my great machine again it really is invisible! Only 20cm long, you have enough room to put on the dress without having to undo all the buttons. If you are small like me, I definitely recommend this method! On this version, I didn’t like the sleeves, which look a bit too big. So I’ve add two small buttons (same as on the dress) to reduce them. I’m wearing the skirt with a belt, which makes the waist thinner in my opinion.
The fabric: Another fabric from the new collection spring/summer 2014 of Atelier Brunette. This one is called ‘Ciel Bleu’ and I loved the diagonal pattern. This fabric is a collaboration of Fifi Mandirac and Atelier Brunette and it seems to work well as all their fabrics are just stunning. It’s very soft, light (but not transparent), and very comfortable to wear. … I just love it. I feel like this color (blue again and forever) makes the dress very fresh for the summer season.
Any critics regarding this pattern I mentioned in my description of my first ‘Cami’ dress.
For the little story of the shooting, I noticed online some really nice graffiti in Mile End, Montreal. Having found out where it was in the morning, we set off to have a look only to find out it has been covered up with grey paint…. I don’t understand how sometimes ugly graffiti is left untouched and others are painted over. I guess it depends on whos property it is… Anyway, we ended up in our bike ride crossing some trains tracks. Very cliché for outfit pictures you could say, but, Monsieur LOVES train tracks, and I have to admit it’s really a good place for photographs …. 😉
Pattern : Camì Dress, Pauline Alice
Fabric : Cotton Ciel bleu, Atelier Brunette
Size : 34
Alterations : buttonholes on the top and the skirt, buttons on the sleeves.
Sandals : Tommy Hilfinger