Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Completed: Beating the Winter Blues Cami dress

I'm so excited to share this make with you. I'm hoping you have all seen the Cami dress by Pauline Alice. As soon as I saw this pattern I knew it wouldn't be long before I made it but I just needed to find the right fabric. I debated about using a solid purple that is in my stash but then I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show with Kelly and Vairë Gwîr and found this wonderful fabric. I knew immediately it would be right for the Cami.

Beating the Winter Blues Cami

I made a quick toile of the bodice to check the fit after grading out a size from the bust to waist. I was worried about the fit as I've never been able to wear a rtw shirt without experiencing gaping. It fit reasonably well but I noticed that the front was higher than the back and decided to try my first full bust adjustment. Like many of my sewing experiences recently, I'm not sure why I hadn't done one before. It made the world of difference. I do wonder if I made it a little too big but as I won't wear the dress buttoned all the way up I didn't bother to tweak it. I'll spend a little more time perfecting the fit for my bodice though. As I had to add quite a lot I added extra darts at the bust. 

Beating the Winter Blues Cami

I was desperately hoping that the construction of this would be easier than my skirt. To my immense relief it was. Partly because the cotton was a dream to work with but mostly because the construction is logical and the steps are easy to follow. I whipped up this dress in two evenings. I thought the collar would be the hardest part but it was quite simple. I did turn to Pauline's sewalong here to make sure I did right. I have to show you my top stitching. It is the best top stitching I've done. Ever. I was starting to believe that accurate, neat top stitching was beyond me but something clicked last night. 

Beating the Winter Blues Cami

The pattern is designed with a reasonably full skirt made from two rectangles. It calls for the rectangles to be 39.4" wide. I decided to make it even fuller and went with the whole width of my fabric, about 44". I love the skirt so much, as demonstrated by my cheesy grin below! 

Beating the Winter Blues Cami

To make the dress a little more winter friendly I chose the long sleeve version. The button holes were made without a hitch and I chose some interesting buttons from my red button pot (yes, I have coloured coded my button collection). The left side closes with a regular zip.   

The colours are reasonably accurately in the photos. The blue is rather bright and the flowers are red, pale pink and burgundy. I wore this to work today as I just couldn't resist showing off the colour. I got a couple of really lovely comments and I felt happy in it all day which bodes well for the dark winter days ahead. 

16 comments:

  1. Oh wow it's gorgeous! I have no time or money for more patterns but I am tempted! Xox

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    1. Thanks, Ashleigh! I'm not trying to be an enabler but add this pattern to your long list of patterns - you won't regret it!

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  2. Claire, this is stunning! I'm so glad you finally went for this fabric. The dress really suits you and the colours look fab on you. I see you really can't get enough blue fabric ;-)
    Amazing shoes btw!
    Hopefully see you tomorrow.

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    1. Thank you. At least this one is a different shade of blue! It was so useful having you there to tell me the fabric was the right choice too. I'm definitely going tomorrow so see you there.

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  3. It is lovely! It's gorgeous fabric, a lovely dress and I love your shoes too!

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    1. Thanks. These shoes are my favourite pair ever!

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  4. Yay, so glad you made it. It is a lovely pattern and so fun to wear. You look great.

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    1. Thanks, Kirsty. I can see this being in constant rotate in the wardrobe!

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  5. I love your fabric choice - I'm a sucker for vibrant colours during the winter months :) Your cami is just so lovely x

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    1. Thanks, Emma. Vibrant colours make such a difference in winter and I can understand why we love them. I think I might have to find additional ones to keeping the feeling going!

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  6. Very nice shirt dress with the full skirt! I like it with the 3/4 sleeves. Looks great on you!

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    1. Thank you! The skirt is so much fun to wear.

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  7. Nice! It looks great and the colours really suit you. Oh and those shoes are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks! I love the colour almost as much as the shoes

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  8. So...I commented on this last week, but just realised that it seems that the interwebs ate my comment :( I love this dress, it looks great Claire! I adore that fabric - still debating getting a bit of each of the 6 different variations and making quilted placemats or something! Good work on the FBA, and I am very impressed that you have your buttons colour coded!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I'm completely going to be an enabler here and say buy a bit of each of them. They would make amazing placemats for your new place!

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