|Pattern Description: |
Fully lined dress with gathered sleeve caps, sweetheart neckline, and choice of full gathered skirt or A-line. For this version, I made a straight neckline and did not gather the sleeves, to make it a little less "sweet."
Sized for pear shapes like me. I made a straight 6 and took it in a smidge at the skirt side seams. Sewaholic patterns are closer to RTW sizing than other commercial patterns (I'm normally a 12 in those).
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This was my second time sewing this pattern. The instructions are pretty good. Tasia (the Sewaholic founder) has a tutorial on her blog for attaching the lining with a machine (here), which is helpful.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like my first version with the sweetheart neckline, etc, but this one feels a little more sophisticated for the office or nicer dinners. I also like how this dress is constructed with the full lining.
I always have issues attaching the A-line skirt, though -- it seems like it's drafted too big for the waistband and so I kind of have to ease it in, which makes it hang weird. I guess I should have remembered this for my second time, huh?
Wish I knew for sure. It was in the suiting section at a local fabric place, but it does not feel like wool. The lining is purple polyester, ick.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Adjusted the bust darts, straightened the neckline, used the sleeve lining pieces instead of the original dress sleeve pieces, and shortened the hem 3-4 inches.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This may be my last time with the Cambie! First version can be seen here, by the way.
This was a UFO for awhile so I'm just glad it's done. It's a little fancier than my work dress code, so I'm not sure if I'll get to wear it sometime soon, but I do like having it just in case!
More photos on my blog. Thanks for reading!