Sewaholic Cambie dresses

In the spring, I bought and made the Sewaholic Cambie dress. I tried both views, but ultimately preferred the A-line skirt on view A.

Cambie View A

Cambie View A

I love the pockets on this one. They are very clever in their construction. I also love the fabric. I bought it on my first trip to Downtown Fabrics, in Toronto’s garment district. It’s an Italian cotton with some embroidery on it, difficult to see in the full view.

What a sweetheart! Neckline, that is.

What a sweetheart! Neckline, that is.

The bodice has a sweetheart neckline and is quite fitted. My dress form has the same bust measurement as I do, but her waist is about five inches smaller! In this photo, the embroidery is a bit more apparent.

Hot pink lining!

Hot pink lining!

This is the lining. It is a rayon bemberg lining, lovely to wear. I like the shock of pink and chose to use a hot pink zipper, too!

This skirt was non-fun to make. So many gathers, such a little waistband.

This skirt was non-fun to make. So many gathers, such a little waistband.

Here is View B of the dress, with a gathered skirt. I did not enjoy gathering this skirt. I think I had 60 inches of fabric to gather into 15 inches for the back of the dress! I bought the black embroidered cotton at Fabricland and felt it had to be a dress like this, with a full skirt.

Another sweetheart!

Another sweetheart!

The “sleeves” are interesting. The dress is fully lined, by machine, before the sleeves are inserted into the bodice. No hand sewing on this dress.

I like lining with drama.

I like lining with drama.

This lining was also from Downtown Fabrics. I knew that I was working with black and wanted colour in the lining. I found this lining, which is more like a jacket or coat lining, but it works here, I think! You may notice that the skirt lining is also gathered, so I had to do that TWICE! I am no longer making gathered skirt dresses. Not until I get the Ultimate Ruffler foot for my machine! Also, the gathers create a lot of bulk and I do not have a wasp waist. I am a column, so bulk at the waist does little for my shape in garments.

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