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Two Cambie Dresses

Added Jan 18, 2013

by ThreadTheory

Victoria, Canada






I sewed up a wearable mock up and a proper version of Tasia’s wonderful Cambie Dress pattern from Sewaholic Patterns. I love how both of them turned out!

The mock up was made using a $2 sale suiting material which is a little heavy for the pattern but still worked out well. I kept this version the length the pattern intends which is maybe a little long for a short-legged girl such as me! I learnt a few things with the mock-up: The shoulder straps had to be angled and shortened (which I did slightly in the mock up but exaggerated in the final version) to make the neckline narrower to fit my chest. Also, it is a good idea to use the same fabric as lining for the bodice as it is likely to roll a little along the neckline due to the order of the construction process (there doesn’t seem to be a good time to add understitching to the neckline).

Neither of these points are a critique of the pattern because Tasia has done such an amazing job coming up with a clever method of construction that makes every step simple and makes customizing the fit through little adjustments of the sleeves incredibly easy! I also love sewing her slant pockets because she has managed to simplify the standard steps of creating this sort of pocket quite a bit. I’ll be using her version whenever I need to create slant pockets in the future!

For my final version I made the changes I came up with during the mock up and I also interfaced the bodice front because the rayon I used was silky and had a lovely drape. I wanted to ensure, in every way possible, that the neckline would be stiff and smooth. I somehow managed to have extra fabric at CF of the skirt when sewing it to the waste band (this wasn’t an issue during my mock-up so maybe my rayon stretched?) so I made a little pleat near each pocket which adds a bit of fullness to the front of the skirt which I’m actually quite pleased with.

Both dresses have become a staple of my wardrobe – I love how they cover the shoulders and I also love the fit – the dress feels loose and comfy while wearing it but it gives the appearance of being quite fitted. The shortened hemline of the final dress looks cute with tights and I hope, when summer comes and I’m not so pasty, it will be comfortable and cool to wear on its own in the sun!

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Material Notes

Mock-Up – suiting blend
Final Dress – floral rayon




Fall, Spring
Garment Type
Rayon, Suiting



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    Jan 21, 2013, 11.57 AMby krice

    These are great and look good on you! Gotta love a dress with pockets.

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    Jan 20, 2013, 01.37 PMby baum

    really nice – i love both versions!

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    Jan 19, 2013, 10.39 AMby kogogo

    Both look very lovely!

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    Jan 19, 2013, 04.56 AMby nouvellegamine

    very nice. That’s nice to know that they’re comfortable despite appearing to be close fitting. Well done!

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      Jan 19, 2013, 04.15 PMby ThreadTheory

      Thanks! Yes, I often find myself wearing my grey suiting one as lounging around the house clothing :)

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    Jan 19, 2013, 01.38 AMby rita61

    Very cute. Perfect summer dress!

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      Jan 19, 2013, 04.13 PMby ThreadTheory

      They sure are :) I hope I don’t wear them out before it actually is summer lol

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    Jan 18, 2013, 09.39 PMby Mary Athey

    Love both.of.these. lovely on you x

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