10 May 2012
Pattern testing: Sewaholic Cambie dress muslin
Size 8 muslin (left) and size 6 dress (right)
As I mentioned I was a pattern tester for this dress. The Cambie dress has a sweetheart neckline with gathered cap sleeves and a full of A-line skirt. I love dresses and my favorite part of the design are the sleeves with a 'sleeveless' look. If you look at the picture of the back you can see why isn't it sliding off the shoulders. A clever solution. I believe this is another pattern that looks good on everyone, with every type of body shape.
As always I started by making a muslin. Since the skirt has two versions and I always choose the A-line skirts I decided to invest some extra muslin fabric and sew up the complete dress with the gathered skirt. I made size 8 since that is my Sewaholic size, though I used size 8 bust and size 6 waist measurements for my Lonsdale dress. As you can see the top turned out too big, but I instantly loved how the dress looked like! I felt like a little girl in a swirly skirt and spent the rest of the evening (pinned up) in my dress...while making a size 6 muslin for the top with the waistband to try out the fit. (It is visible that I used facings for the neckline of my muslin instead of a double layer)
I thought the gathered skirt would make me look bulky around the waist and hip, but it actually looks much better than I thought. I like it!
I simply went down one size and size 6 was a perfect match. I usually have to shorten the bodices but this one fits right out of the envelop. The length was just right, I used my blind hem foot for the eyelet fabric, for me the skirt shouldn't be shorter than this. As fort the fabric I wanted to try a swiss dot but wasn't be able to get it here in the Netherlands. Somehow this type of fabric just doesn't exist? The I've found this pretty eyelet with the big circles and now I feel sorry for buying just enough for this dress. I feel like I want to make at least 10 summer dresses out of eyelet fabric!
The dress wasn't hemmed here and I just pinned up the back. Isn't it pretty?