Saturday, May 5, 2012

An Adorable Spring Dress- the Cambie dress

I was lucky enough to be chosen by Tasia to be a pattern tester for her newest pattern, which she officially released yesterday! The Cambie dress has a sweetheart neckline with gathered cap sleeves and a full of A-line skirt. Tasia writes about it in more detail here

The second I saw the line drawings and her first version I was in LOVE with this dress. It is so cute. For pattern testing, I made view B with the full skirt in a size 2. Her example dress was red swiss dot, which made me jealous, so I pranced off to Jo-Ann to find something awesome.
I am laughing because a woman was walking down the street gawking at  our "photo shoot" LOL
I did find an awesome fabric, a white/purple/grey swiss dot in a floral design. I bought it fully aware that it was another color scheme of my back-button blouse from two years ago. The dress is fully lined with simple bleached muslin. If Jo-Ann had cotton batiste, I would have bought it, but good enough! 

Sewing this dress is a breeze. I followed all of the instructions (obviously, since it was pattern testing) with the exception of putting in a handpicked zipper. I am just in love with that technique and I doubt I will ever do a zipper on the machine again. Other than a fly.

 The shape of this dress is extremely flattering, highlighting the waist and giving an hourglass look. Sorry for the random mix of inside and outside pictures. The sunlight outside is always so harsh. Squints-ville.
 See, it even has pockets! Yay! It is really comfortable. I was able to take these pictures when the weather was nice briefly towards the end of March, but then it got cold again. Soon I will wear it for real!

Isn't this house adorable? With their perfect lawn and cute tulips.
Tasia says it is intermediate, but I think a determined beginner could definitely make it.If you know how to put in a zipper, then you would be good. I expect to see a million of these popping up in sewing-blog-land over the summer! If you are totally jealous now (and I know you are!) you can click over and pre-order one today!

I have been waiting impatiently to share this dress with you, tell me what you think!!

20 comments:

  1. Omg, I have been eyeballing this pattern since I got the pattern email the other day. I LOVE this dress! The print is perfect! The fit is amazing too. Can't wait to see more floating around the interwebs. It must have taken inhuman restraint to hold this baby back from your blog.

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  2. I've already ordered mine, I'm in love with this pattern so much...I can't think of a more perfect summer dress for me! Your version is really, really gorgeous!

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  3. This is my favorite Sewaholic pattern yet. Your version is adorable and definitely fits the definition of "frosting".

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  4. I agree with Cynthia! Best Sewaholic pattern so far...LOVE your version! Perfect for summer!

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  5. I love the dress and the fabric is so nice on you! I love that you lined the dress. I find the Sewaholic patterns to be simple to follow and I always learn a few tricks with each one. I am definitely ordering this pattern!

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  6. Oh, this dress is gorgeous. I still have none of Tasia's patterns and everytime I see another made up I get even more frustrated! I MUST go over and order one or two (or more!) :-)

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  7. LOVE your version!!! I tested too and made the A-line skirt for the office. You're totally inspiring me to make a floaty floral one now even though we're heading into the depths of winter here.

    Its SUCH a great pattern isn't it!? And so easy to make - I finished mine in a day!

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  8. Oh I love it, its a darling dress!

    I plan to buy the pattern when it my pattern buying ban is over. I love it. Good job!

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  9. Pretty! I was so excited when the pattern was released - it's such a flattering dress!

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  10. Your version is so very lovely!! And so very flattering - I think I am definitely going to be buying this pattern!

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  11. Just beautiful! The pattern is so flattering and I love the fabric you chose. What a great dress for spring and summer!

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  12. I've had my eye on that fabric at Joanns for weeks now, thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. I love your version!! I'm curious if you had to make any fitting changes??

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  14. Wonderful! I can't wait for my pattern to arrive.

    By the way, we here in England have had rain for a straight 60 days - be grateful for a bit of sun! I'm wondering if I should make my Cambie dress in wool!

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  15. Really cute version of this dress! I think I might need to order this pattern for my daughter. I love the print fabric!

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  16. It's super cute and looks great on you! I'm waiting for my pattern to arrive too. So far I've never made a dress with a lovely full skirt - so I'm looking forward to finally having one (or 2) in my summer wardrobe!
    Cheers from Vancouver,BC

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  17. Superbe! It looks so fantastic on you and makes me want to make a Cambie dress right. now.
    Wow.

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  18. I love the print you found! I was only thinking about picking up this pattern, but I think I'm sold on it now. I just ordered the stuff I'll need for the Minoru jacket and can't wait to start, but this is already on the horizon! I hope I can find a fabric as awesome as this!

    Megan

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  19. I love this idea! I am getting engaged this year discount wedding dresses {fingers crossed} and this would be perfect for a http://www.vicyc.com/vintage-wedding-dresses-c-30.html and wedding!

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