I rushed to finish this on the last day of June as my last make of Indie Pattern Month. Although I think it is now finishing this weekend, so fingers crossed and children permitting I may actually have one more Indie pattern sewn up before it ends. It is of course Sewaholic’s cambie, my second. I actually started this in April but finished it in June, so it counts, right?
I used a John Kaldor chiffon that my friend Penny gave me when she was de-stashing.
Yes, chiffon. I know. What was I thinking? It is very girly. It also has little creases as part of the design. It is an absolute bitch to sew but I persevered because it’s pretty and the sun was out and when the sun is out you need pretty floaty dresses. I cut it exactly the same as my Nautical Cambie, including lowering the back, and lined it with a cotton sheet. I also used the sheet to underline the bodice pieces to make the chiffon easier to handle.
On Sunday morning the sun was shining, the children asleep and hopefully the neighbours too so I headed into the garden for some pics. I started out at the back of the garden. Dangerous territory. Next door have a clear view from their windows. It is one thing prancing about in front of the odd stranger on the beach but I will have to see my neighbours every day.
Grinning like a loon.
Checking out the foliage. Doesn’t everyone wander round their garden in full make up and a flouncy dress at six thirty on a Sunday morning?
Hang on….. Is that the sound of next doors’ patio doors being unlocked?
I chickened out and retreated to a corner of the garden closer to the house and out of view of neighbours windows. I did not however take into account the effect of direct sunlight on my forehead. Who is that child scaring Klingon?
The cat doesn’t seem too scared. He thinks I am smuggling cat munchies in my cleavage …
Twirly twirly…. I think I have said it before, twirling must be taken very seriously.
Actually I am a little disappointed with this dress. Not the pattern because I love my last attempt, and not so much that I won’t wear it. However the fit on this one is just not quite right. The straps still don’t sit properly on my shoulders, and look at the back. I hand picked the zip and it looked perfect on my dress form but when I put the dress on this happens:
There are other issues too, which is annoying because I can only think of one thing that I did differently with this one that I didn’t do with my Nautical Cambie. It comes up too high. I think this because I tried to make the straps a bit shorter as that was the only thing that bothered me about my last Cambie. Instead of making the straps fit the shoulders better the bodice has just been hoicked up to meet them, so the neckline now comes up too high. Or maybe the bodice is too long? I think that is definitely the case at the back. Instead of shortening the front straps, if I shortened the back near-ish the top then it might make the straps sit better on my shoulders. And the bodice looks a bit shapeless. Maybe I could have taken a bit more in at the side seams? But I’m just guessing here. What do you think? I would love to hear your suggestions.
It is not unwearable by any means, and now I know what I need to do to improve my next Cambie. Because this pattern is totally addictive and I am already planning another. And the cat seems to like it.