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|Sewaholic Patterns: 1202 (Cambie Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||5/12/13 1:38 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Fitted, lined dress features a sweetheart neckline, darted bodice and extended cap sleeves. View A has a slim A-line skirt with slash pockets and View B has a full gathered skirt with inseam pockets.|
I made View A.
Pattern Sizing: Based on my measurements, I used size 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The pattern instructions were good, although the tutorials on the Sewaholic website were helpful for lining and setting the sleeves. I wish there had been more detail on the waistband. I am still unsure of why I cut and interfaced two. According to the illustrations, there is a right-side waistband inside the dress, but that would have been way too bulky for the zipper installation.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the look of the Cambie dress. It's very pretty and a great dress for summer. The instructions and illustrations were helpful, as were the tutorials on the pattern website. Further discussion on the waistband and installation of an invisible zipper would have been helpful. Having said that, there are plenty of resources that demonstrate the zipper. In any case,I prefer a slot seam zipper.
Fabric Used: I used a beautiful imported Italian floral cotton from Downtown Fabrics in Toronto. It has some sparkly embroidery and an eyelet effect. Flowers are fuschia and lighter pink with greenery on a white background. I underlined with silk organza and used fuschia Bemberg rayon for lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I underlined the dress for two reasons: my fabric was light (weight and colour) and I like having seamlines. I am very bad at lining up the edge of the fabric to sew with seam allowances! Next time, I will probably shorten the bodice so that the waistband sits at a more flattering level (i.e. on my waist as opposed to slightly below). My muslin in factory cotton fit well right out of the envelope, but I think the lighter weight cotton I used affected the fit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have plans to try View B in a black cotton eyelet I bought recently; I just have to choose a contrast lining. I would absolutely recommend this dress to others. It goes together quickly, as it is quite straightforward. It's also quite clever in the details, particularly the methods for doing the sleeves and pockets.
Conclusion: This pattern makes a charming dress for summer. The pattern is well illustrated and supported with further tutorials to help with construction. There are nice options for the skirt and clever details, such as the pocket construction and the sleeves.
Update: I have added a photo of the original Cambie. I have since made View B, which I like less than View A. The gathering of the skirt and lining just about did me in! I have done a blog post on both Cambieshere.
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