Sewaholic Cambie dress – great pattern, below average execution

Sewaholic Cambie Dress

Hi there everyone, remember me? I know I haven’t been around here a lot, but I am back! Not that I haven’t been sewing but I just didn’t feel like blogging. The reason for that? This finished Cambie. It’s the only finished project I have pictures of and I’m not really happy with the pictures (my husband-photographer insisted on taking pictures in Rio de la Pila, thé place to be for drinks on a Saturday evening in Santander, and I wore shoes that I absolutely hate) or with the dress…

Maite me preguntó si era posible de poner algo en castellano en mi blog tambien para que entendería todas las historias que cuento… Entonces en breve añado el relato de este vestido…

Sewaholic Cambie Dress

The reason I’m not happy with the dress is because of the levels of froufrouness of the whole thing, I should have sewn the A-line skirt instead of this gathered one with this busy quilting cotton and I should have made it a size smaller… The armholes are gaping, there is way to much fabric across the bust and the neckline gapes when I slouch, which is my natural position…

No estoy muy contento con este vestido por varias razones: es demasiado froufrou y es demasiado grande. Además no me gustan mis fotos, ni mis zapatos…

Sewaholic Cambie Dress

I don’t think it will get a lot of wear from me, I’ll just have to find someone to take it out of my closet and into their regular wardrobe because I am not unpicking anything on this dress! Gathering this shit took forever! And maybe I should throw in the shoes as well, get them out of my collection… Any takers?

No voy a poner me este vestido mucho. Creo que sería mejor si lo doy de regalo. Alguien lo quiere?

The pattern on the other hand, I really, really like.

My favourite dress ever is an embroidered teal Karen Millen dress that I have had for 7 years now, with a sweetheart neckline, wide waistband, gathers at the sleeves and a gathered skirt. It has been my favourite since I first put it on in the store and it still is. And after 7 years, I can still wear it out and I still get complimented on it… It’s a classic! And the Cambie has all the same features…

I love the sweetheart neckline and the waistband.  It has pockets, so that is obviously awesome and I like the gathers on the sleeves. So I actually love everything about this pattern. I’m already thinking up another version, but I will keep that as a surprise!

Aunque mi vestido es una desillusión total, me encanta el patrón! Ya estoy soñando de otra versión, pero guardo el secreto hasta que lo estreñaré.

Sewaholic Cambie Dress

Now let’s leave all the negativity behind and focus on my awesome pattern-matching. I think I spent an entire hour figuring this out, but I am absolutely positively very happy with myself, I would even dare say I am a bit smug about it.

Estoy contentíssima con el trabajo que he hecho en casar el dibujo de la tela! Tardaría una hora, pero merecío la pena.

Sewaholic Cambie Dress

And look at the insertion of that invisible zip… At the beginning of April I went to Asturias with my guy and I was left to wander the streets of Oviedo and Avilés all on my own, so what should one do then? Go see the fabric stores. I didn’t buy any fabric because I didn’t feel like hauling bags around for an entire day and because of our current living situation, I don’t have any spare room for fabric storage (Lucky for me, in about 2 weeks our apartment will be finished and we can move back). I did however buy one of those metallic invisible zipper feet. It set me back 14€, which I thought was super expensive until I used it. Worth every cent! I don’t know why I waited so long and kept struggling with the horrible plastic monster…

Y aqui una foto de la cremallera invisible. Me compré una prensatela metálica para cremalleras invisibles y estoy completamente loca por ella! La mejor inversión del año!

Sewaholic Cambie Dress

See you all soon with nicer dresses! X


10 thoughts on “Sewaholic Cambie dress – great pattern, below average execution

  1. What a pity that you don´t like the dress!!! I think that the problem is the volume of the gathering waist, I have the same problem with this kind of dresses…I really love the pattern but then I don´t like the silhouette on me 😦 I have sewn also a dress with sweetheart neckline, a burda pattern…and now I know that I don´t like this kind of neckline, but I think that yours is soooo nice!
    Can´t wait to see more proyects Wendy!!!

  2. Hola Wendy!!!, Pero porque te quieres hacer siempre las prendas grandes?, un poco mas justito y perfecto. La tela es chulisma, muy bien casados los dibujos, madre mia que trabajo..
    Para el verano unas cervecitas en la tienduca, eh!!!!!

    1. Hola Sonia, ya me he hecho una version en una talla mas pequeña y me queda mucho mejor. Seguí las medidas del patron pero otra vez me quedé engañado… Y este verano segura en la Tienduca, que lo tengo al lado de mi casa!!! 😀 X

  3. No entiendo como no te puede gustar este vestido. Estoy un poco liada y no miro los blogs hace días, pero cuando he visto tu foto no me he podido resistir a ver todos sus detalles.
    Sinceramente me encanta, lo encuentro precioso. Muy bien cosido, un estampado muy bonito y que casa a la perfección.
    Es de ese tipo de vestidos que llevo siempre en verano, ese tipo de corte con la falda fruncida o tableada es lo mio.
    No será quizás que no estás acostumbrada a verte así??
    Lo dicho ES PRECIOSO Y ME ENCANTA y aunque a ti no te guste el resultado, yo te doy mi enhorabuena.

    1. Gracias! Me alegra que te gusta! Seguro que me lo pondré este verano para ir a bailar o hacer un paseo por la bahía. Igual corto un trozo de la falda y me gustaría más…
      Lo peor es que es demasiado grande :’-(

  4. Hmm I agree that it’s probably a bit big in the bodice. I once tried the gathered skirt from the pattern, held it up and said “nope!” and turned it into the a-line version – there’s way too much fabric there for my hips. I have discovered I look good in a gathered skirt IF it’s an a-line in the first place.
    Otherwise it’s very cute, and I’m impressed with the matching!

    1. Hi Sophie, thanks! The pattern matching took me forever, because the flowers come in 2 colour patterns and I couldn’t match with the correct colour pattern, but with the other. In the end you don’t notice it, so I’m happy about it. And yeah, I don’t think I have hips for a gathered skirt… My go-to skirts are A-line or circle…

  5. Curious, I am following your blog but never received notice of this post… Would it be possible to check whether I am subscribed to it or not? As for the dress, this make is beautiful although I do agree it fits biggy. Anyway, the photos are really lovely and I wish we could go around here in Summer dresses and light skirts like you guys seem able to do over there!

    1. HI Rosângela, I see you as one of my followers in WordPress, I just don’t know if you have subscribed via email or via the wordpress reader. Thanks for the comment. I hope the weather in Belgium changes for the better really soon, I heard you had quite a bit of rain and wind the last few days! I hope all is well with you and your family! Big hug!

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