Amanda + Second Cambie attempt = win!
Yeah, that's right. After the disastrous sundress attempt of earlier this year I was finally brave enough to take on Cambie again but with a new fabric. Rushed into wanting a cute dress to skittle around Sydney and sip cocktails in with my dear friend Jess I pulled out some more stash fabric, a pattern I'd already altered (mostly) and got stitching. Two night later- success! I had a frock.
I must say I am really loving this version and I have worn this bad boy quite a few times already and it has become a firm work favourite. It looks rad solo or dressed up with tights and a cardi. I call that a win! And even better? I really like the silhouette of this a-line version and even find the back rather flattering. Yay Cambie!
What I loved about this version:
- The fit for the skirt. I took the skirt in an each side to give a smoother finish and I'm really happy with the final silhouette. Though note to self: do not sew over pocket closings after making alterations. Oops.
- How well the fabric worked. I'm trying so hard to give up crazy prints and this was a definite stash buster that I originally planned as a muslin but this fabric really worked. Or at least in my head it does. Though my head is often filled with raptors trying to ride a bicycle so perhaps that is not the best judge.
- How neat the finish is. Just like my other Cambie it feels like such a professional finish. Though please excuse my lack of lining ironing...
What I will change for next time:
- I'm going to look at a sway back adjustment, possibly. I feel like the fabric gathers a little in a vertical line on my lower back. I'm going to make a decision about this after a couple more wears.
- Tighten up the neckline at the front. It is a bit floppy and is generally fine for most of the day though it gets droopy by the afternoon. This is driving me a bit bonkers. I'm not sure what the best approach for this would be. Mayhaps a little interfacing or shifting the straps in a little? Regardless, here is Floppy McNeckline on show at the flower festival.
And what is better than one person doing crazy photos on my blog? Two people! Thanks to Jess for getting her posing face on with me at Floriade. Looking sassy!
Now, if you will excuse me, I have to finish cutting some pattern pieces out for my next project. I have a feeling that this one is going to be fiddly... But gosh darn it, I'll get it done!
(You know I can't have a post without a goofy pose)