Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cambie LBD


The little black dress - Cambie style. I have to admit I didn't have a little black dress in my wardrobe and what better dress to own than the Cambie!

I initially bought this fabric with a Miz Mozelle Dress in mind according to this post. I'm really glad it turned into a Cambie instead though. The cotton is just the right weight for the Cambie and it really wouldn't have draped the way it needed to for the Miz Mozelle.


I asked the question on Twitter if I really needed to make a muslin for this dress and it was a big, resounding yes from everyone that answered. I'm so glad I actually listened. My measurements sat perfectly in a size 10 but once I'd tried on the bodice I was swimming in it. It needed so much adjusting it was actually easier to go back and trace a size 8 and start again. The 8 fit me perfectly so I'm guessing I don't personally need as much design ease as Sewaholic offers. I did notice that my first Alma was a touch big as well so I may err on the side of smaller sizes when it comes to tops and bodices for Sewaholic.


Confession time - I didn't line this. I'm not really a fan of linings and the summer gets so hot that I don't want any more fabric on me than necessary. This is part of the reason why I've chosen a black cotton because it didn't need the lining to make it less sheer.

I used black cotton bias binding on the neckline and sleeves which I handsewed on. It took forever but the end result was worth it. There are so many curves on that part of the dress that sewing bias binding on by machine would have done my head in. Plus no visible stitching all the way around.

The only spot that has visible stitching is from where I attached the sleeves to the bodice but it doesn't really bother me.

The only things I changed were to insert a lapped zipper instead of an invisible zipper because I like the look of them.  I sewed some ribbon around the inside to cover up the waistband and gathered skirt seams. Also I took 11 centimetres off the skirt to make it sit above my knee - so if you're 5"2 like me you might want to check the length before cutting your fabric. It's a fabric eater this dress!

The dress came together really easily except for the bit where I forgot to switch to a longer stitch length to gather those loooong skirt pieces. FYI it is excruciating to try and gather fabric on a 2.5 stitch length. Don't do that to yourself. Much less on a Cambie.


So all in all it was only user error that made this dress hard. Other than that it was a breeze to sew!

So easy in fact that I've lined up another Cambie straight away and I'm intending to have it finished by Christmas. Nothing like a deadline!



14 comments:

  1. Love this! Been wanting to make myself a LBD for a while

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    1. Thanks, it'll be great to dress it up or down for a family do or a date night.
      I've already worn it twice and I adore it.

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  2. Gorgeous LBD, and it fits you so well. I can't wait to see the 2nd one!

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  3. The print for your second is fantastic. The cambie is just SO addictive it's ridiculous. Good luck stopping making even more...

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    1. Haha, yeah I understand why now. They're just such beautiful dresses.
      I'm stupidly excited to wear my second Cambie - nearly there!

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  4. You look really cute in that dress. I really need to buy me the cambie pattern too! That fabric you chose for your next one makes me seriously drool, can't wait to see the finished dress :-)

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    1. Thank you.
      Believe it or not I was a hater when this pattern was released but it's basically my perfect dress.

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  5. Lovely stuff! I think I spied that you're making a second one right? Can't wait to see that one too.

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    1. If by spied you mean you saw all the instaspam over the weekend, yes!
      I got a bit excited about the video function on instagram.
      Might try and put it all together for the blog post - should be fun!

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  6. Oh I love this! I bet you get a ton of wear from it!

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    1. Yeah, I think being black it's going to get worn a LOT.
      I can neither confirm nor deny that I'm wearing it again today.

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