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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Super Online Sewing Match Round 5 Project: Cambie Dress



Here it is, at long last! My final project for  Sew Mama Sew's Super Online Sewing Match- the Cambie dress! I can't tell you how happy I am to post this project! Once again, I procrastinated just a tad and ended up doing the bulk of the sewing this past weekend. I was unlucky enough to come down with a nasty head cold on Saturday, but of course contests don't wait for colds, so I sent Phillip out for tissues and a big pack of Dayquil and did as much sewing as I could in my sniffly, groggy state! Thank heavens it was a three-day weekend and I managed to finish it up yesterday evening and even get in a few pictures before the sun went down. I'm still not 100% better but hopefully I don't look too bad in the photos!

When I learned that  we would be making this dress, I was really excited. I had actually purchased the pattern a few months ago and this gorgeous Liberty of London cotton fabric to make it with from Sewbox UK (one of my awesome prizes from the Laurel contest!). It's really a beautiful pattern and I as I browsed pictures online I noticed that every single person who has made it so far looks great in it! I tried to think of something I could do to make my version a little unique and reflect my personal style, but the pattern is already so pretty and universally flattering, I didn't want to mess with it too much.

After much deliberation, I decided to make the following changes:

 • Add coral red piping
• Add buttons to the front
• Change the pocket shape
• Add 3 inches to the length
• Add more fullness to the skirt

If you've seen my last two Sewing Match projects, you might think that I'm somewhat obsessed with piping. You may be right! It's one of my favorite trims to add. I thought a lot about which color to use, and I finally decided that the bright red color would really pop. I ended up making my own once again because I couldn't find that perfect shade of coral-y red in ready-made piping.

I searched my button stash for buttons that matched the colors in the floral fabric- these were all possibilities:

In the end, I chose these three bright red buttons that match the piping. The other colors didn't really stand out against the fabric enough.  They have a cool effect of being lighter in the middle and darker around the edges.

I was inspired to make the rounded, piped pockets by this image I found while browsing Pinterest.  I think it works well with the pattern! I think it gives the dress a sort of 1940s-ish look.

I made a pretty small 1/2 inch hem:

Here are a couple of back views:



Here's a closeup of the sleeve/strap (I wish my skin didn't look so freaky and red!):

Now for the insides:
Here you can see the lining. I like the way that she has the lining waistband made from the main fabric, though I was a little bit confused by this at first and had double-check online that I cut the right piece!

Here's the back view with the zipper. I like the way the lining is sewn to the zipper- it really gives it a clean look. I'm thinking this lining technique can only be done when the straps are not yet attached to the body, am I right?

I did french seams for the two side seams...

But I serged the center back seam.

 I really liked this pattern and I'm sure this won't be the last Cambie I make. Our warm end-of-summer weather is starting to hit over here on the central California coast, so I'm sure I'll still have plenty of opportunities to wear it this year!

Thanks for checking out my post! I'll find out on Friday if I won the grand prize of a Janome Horizon MC8900. It would be cool to win, but I have to say I'm just happy that I made it this far!


24 comments:

  1. It looks great - I really like the piping, it really makes it POP!

    -That's Sew Amy

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  2. I love what you made! The piping is great and the shape of the pocket is a really nice touch. I've loved everything you made in this contest and hope you come out on top!

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  3. What beautiful construction! I agree with Amy and Sarah, the piping is excellent.

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  4. Love it! This is going to look really cute with tights, boots, and a cardi for fall :)

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  5. This looks amazing and I've loved all your projects in the challenge :D

    I hope you win!!!

    Good luck

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  6. Love, love, love this dress and it looks so good on you! The piping is amazing and so inspiring. It totally makes it look vintage. I want to make a Cambie just like this now! I have been in cooking and canning land lately, but I can't wait for it to get crappy out here so I can stay inside and sew!

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  7. Wish I could sew - that is beautiful!!

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  8. That's such a super cute cambie! I've never seen one with piping on it. It's just so darn cute on you! Good luck!

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  9. You do such clever things with piping! I would make a mess if I tried to do the same, yet your garments always look polished and professional!

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  10. Well done Melissa! I think the Cambie dress pattern was made for you. Even so, you've managed to tweak it with some extra pretty touches. And all that with a nasty head cold. You'd never know it by your photos though. That delightful fabric may be better than Dayquil. Best of luck!

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  11. Mad sewing skills girl! I love the use of the piping and the added touch of the matching buttons to create a beautiful dress. I am in awe!

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  12. It is so pretty, and you look so lovely in it!

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  13. the pockets and buttons really make it yours! good luck with the contest!

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  14. I love it! It looks so good on you and fits awesomely. The pockets are my favorite part. I'll buy damn near any dress with pockets!
    Crossing my fingers for you, I really hope you win!

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  15. it's beautiful. It's so you too. I love your fabric and piping. My fav detail is the pockets. Such a great idea.

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  16. Wow!!!! The fabric and pattern are made for each other. The colors in the fabric are really complimentary for you too!

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  17. I love the way your dress turned out!!! I think you made all the right adjustments and I love the coral piping you used to compliment the fabric. Very nice color choices! My favorite out of all three dresses made:)

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  18. Love, love, love the piping! I'm totally stealing this idea for the next cambie I make! Check out the one I just posted about.

    http://sewcharleston.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/sewaholic-cambie-dress/

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  19. Absolutely beautiful!!! I love the pattern, the fabric, and all your extra little details. I've had my eye on this fabric myself, but I just can't bring myself to pay that much for it especially since I'm still pretty much a beginning sewist. Maybe one day. ;) The only thing I'd have done differently is maybe shorten the bodice 1-2 inches elevating the waistline just slightly. Although the dress looks great on you overall I think the shorter bodice would make it that much more awesome. I do have one question though, what did you use for the lining??? I basically have a Joann's and a Hancock fabrics where I live & neither of them offers much in the way of decent apparel fabric (I'm just a couple hours from Paducah, KY so it's basically quilter's land). The lining fabric is positively dreadful, stiff & only mildly breathable. I would love to find a good go-to lining fabric online at a reasonable price, but when you can't feel what you're buying it's kind of nerve-wrecking. lol. :)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I agree with you about the waistline. I usually do raise the waistline a bit with dresses I sew and if I make another Cambie I'll probably do that. I used a cotton fabric for the lining. It's one that I had in my stash and I think I inherited it from my grandma, so I'm not sure what you'd call it- maybe a poplin? It's a bit lighter and more closely woven than a quilting cotton. I know what you mean about finding good lining fabric- we don't have too many options here either for non-quilting fabrics and it's hard buying online when you can't see or feel what you're getting. I know that batiste, lawn, and voile are lighter cotton fabrics, so that might be a good place to start when searching online.

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  20. Love that dress, love the fabric, piping, everything! Could you share your piping technique? I'm not sure how to proceed when enclosing piping in seams - should I trim the cord so it doesn't actually get caught in the seam allowance (eg where the pockets meet the waistline seam)?

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    1. Hi Siobhan, actually, the piping does get sewn in the seams-otherwise it would probably unravel and look weird. It does add some bulk, especially when two rows of piping intersect, but you can sew through it if you go slowly. I'll try to get a post up one of these days with some more info about piping. It's surprisingly easy to do once you get the hang of it!

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  21. I LOVE the addition of the piping. And the buttons. I'd been wondering how it would look with piping and I am so glad I stumbled upon this. Gorgeous!

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