I heart Cambie

Ever since I started reading other sewing blogs, I have seen the Sewaholic Cambie dress pop up everywhere, and I immediately popped it on my “to make” list… once I had a few projects under my belt and felt a bit more confident. I’m so massively late to the game, you guys are all like, “Oh that’s soooooo 2012…” Lol… Love the blogging world, I know everyone will actually be like “you go girl” 🙂

Enter, my first Cambie dress, and I am in lurrrvvveeeee!

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Cambie Selfie!

Usual shocking wardrobe selfie…

Luckily I did a test run with some scraps of quilting cotton, as for some reason I measured myself and cut out a size 10…. and when I tried the finished product on it was swimming on me & looked HORRIBLE… so re-measured myself and realised I should have actually made a 6. Don’t know what on earth was going on there. Lucky for muslins!

Test run with some scraps of quilting cotton!!

Test run with some scraps of quilting cotton!!

So my first wearable awesome Cambie (view A) I made out of a gorgeous Cotton Sateen (ok so the lady at the market was telling me “Cot-ton-ee, Cot-tonn-eee” so I’m guessing as much…) that I picked up for 4 Lari/m ($2.50/m). Massive Bargain, pity it was the last 3 metres 😩 I lined the whole thing with a white lightweight calico type fabric that feels just lovely against my skin.

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I love the inside of this dress! :)

I love the inside of this dress! 🙂

The only changes to the pattern I made was cutting the back skirt pieces in the lining material a few inches ‘thinner’ than the pattern, as the lining material wasn’t wide enough to fit the pattern piece in the right direction, and I thought there would be enough bulk in the back anyway with the lining and material (especially since I ain’t pear shaped!). Also, as the sleeves get fitted last, it was easy to adjust these to fit perfectly, I found that they were about 1.5in too long. Oh also, I omitted the pockets. I’m not a massive pocket person…. I mean, I would do the pockets in the View B coz they’d look cool….

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Just another pic of the inside. I love that the waistband strip is in the outer fabric!

Just another pic of the inside. I love that the waistband strip is in the outer fabric!

I did find that when attaching the waistband strip to the bodice, it ended up about 1/2 inch shorter than the bodice, and I was SOOO pedantic about the seam allowances and dart measurements, so I’m not sure what happened there…. I just attached the skirt to the waistband and then serged the open back seam to line up to the waistband. I then just lined the zip up to the edge of the serged seam instead of 5/8in allowance.

I used Tasia’s method of putting the zip in, and finishing around the edges, and it came up beautifully. This was the first fully lined dress I have made, and found putting in the zip an absolute breeze! I’ve always found zips to be troublesome, but this was so easy!!

I deliberated over how to finish the hems on my lovely pretty dress. For the lining, I just serged around the edge, ironed it up about 2inches and did a straight stitch through the serged section. But since its turned out to be a bit of a fancy dress, I wanted to do a seamless finish on the outer hem. I trawled through blogs and tutorials on how to do a blind stitch, and figured out that my machine actually came with a blind hem foot – who knew!
I found the Colette tutorial (here) on blind hems with a machine foot to be the best one I discovered, and followed her instructions (since my machine manual just made me ridiculously confused). Then it just kept annoying me, so I gave up and straight stitched it around. And it looks great!!

As I was trying on the dress to take some photos for this post, the zip pull broke off… Oh seriously! Stacey (a la Stacysews.com)  gave me the suggestion via Instagram to get a jewellery charm to attach to it – SOOOO glad she suggested it, as I was working myself up to unpick the entire lining, shell and insert a new zipper… So only the one bad “selfie” pic of me in the dress, as I can’t do it up by myself with no zip pull!!

Broken zipper

So as you can gather, I’m so totally in love with this dress, but find this version a bit fancy for everyday wear, so I’ve already made another more casual version that I wore to the pool yesterday! For this second dress, I just lined the top section & slip stitched the bottom edge of the waistband together.  I did this as it is over 35 degrees (Celcius) most days and it is just too HAWT to wear a fully lined dress!

The only other change that I made to this “casual Cambie” was making the skirt less “poufy (??!!!)”. I cut the skirt front out about 2inches less on the fold line, and used the front skirt pattern piece to cut the two back pieces as well. It still has a lot of gather, but about half as much as the original version! Again, did no pockets….

Wore this to the pool, and my girlfriends had no idea that I’d made my dress until I told them, I LOVE that it is not immediately obvious that I made it! Very impressed with myself. (**pats self on sunburnt back**)

Blue Spotty Cambie

Blue Spotty Cambie

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Didn’t realise that I cut the waistband with the dots in the “wrong” direction… but now I think it looks really cool because of the centralised line of large dots! 🙂

I did get some grey / flowery fabric that I think would look great as an Alder shirtdress, so thinking of making a pattern purchase … I’ve never done a collar, button placket, done 3 button holes in my life, so it will be an interesting challenge I think!! Stay tuned, and for a post on Cambie #3… &#4….!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

It’s the weekend! Hows everyone doing? We ordered in a side of babysitter last night and headed out for dinner. Unfortunately the Japanese restaurant we went to last night had no idea where in Asia Japan actually is… Alongside the expected Sushi on the menu, other items included Indian Curry with raita, Vietnamese spring rolls, Thai dipping sauce for steamed dumplings, and Sweet & Sour beef. Hmmm. Nice atmosphere, but food was a little on the average side. Oh well. Tried something new, got dressed up, high heels, out of the house without baby etc etc.

Anyhow,

Big shout out to Becky over at Springy Stitches for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award!! Pop over to Becky’s page to admire the gorgeous dresses and skirts she is creating in sunny old England.

This award is similar to The Liebster Award, being a way for bloggers to share their fave blogs, gain a bit more exposure and to get to know a little more about each other.  If you choose to accept your nomination there are a few rules to follow:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and create a link back to their blog

2. Share 7 things about yourself

3. Nominate 15 other versatile bloggers ***Sorry rules but I’m only going to nominate 5***

4. Tell the bloggers that you nominated them

 

Ok… so all about me….

1. I talk a lot. Apparently, I often talk just to hear myself talk (or so my lovely hubby says…). I’m sure this will come across on my blog…

2. My eyes are two different colours. It has a fancy name that I can never remember, and I’ve passed it down to my nephew too! Crazy eyes!

3. I love going to the movies. I used to work at a movie theatre for years & hubby and I used to go all the time whilst dating. The last movie we saw together was the James Bond movie when Bubba was 6 weeks old (and slept through the entire thing. Loudest movie in history too. Champion).

4. I used to be an international flight attendant. (Think Gweynth Paltrow a la View from the Top. Me. Totally me.)

5.  I met my (Australian) husband on a flight from London to Dubai (yes, while I was working!)

6. I’m terrified of spiders, and once had a monster of a thing living in my rearview mirror of my car. Had to get into my car from the passenger side for about a month…

7. I make an AWESOME lemon meringue pie.

 

Ok, here are my 5 nominations…

 

 

1. Chantal from  A handmade wardrobe . Love seeing what she’s up to, and got my Belcarra inspiration from her. 🙂

2. The gorgeous Pips over at The girl in a teacup – I just love reading her blog, love her style and beautifully finished garments!

3. Lizzie from Busy Lizzie in Brizzy. Basically coz she’s from Brisbane… Nah, I love trawling through her blog for inspiration

4. Etta of Cheerful Homemaker… I enjoy reading her blog and keeping up to date on instagram too! 🙂

5. Go say hi to Teri over at Fa Sew La – I enjoy getting some inspiration from what she’s been creating, got my Washi inspiration from her!

 

Thanks again to Becky, and have a good weekend all – my hubby is working today so I’m just hanging out with Bubba and attempting to master a rolled hem on my overlocker…. I have 2 RTW dresses that have a rolled hem, and I really want to take the hem up a few inches. Eek. Weekend Project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A floral Washi

I have to say, I’m on a bit of a sewing frenzy this week, as I have a few items that I really want to get finished before I leave on Monday. Deadline!! (on a side note, made up 2 small macaroni’s tonight to freeze for the hubby. Good wife.)  Sooo anyhow, last night I managed to cut out the pdf pattern for the Made by Rae Washi dress whilst Bubba was trapped in the highchair eating dinner…. small panic attack occured when I realised I was out of sticky-tape…. so this pattern looks beautiful being stuck together with masking tape.

Then I stayed up late watching Season 1 of Once upon a Time (yay for our English channel having some different shows at the moment..) cutting out the dress from a floral lightweight cotton material that I had picked up for 10 Lari / metre (~$6 AUD) at one of the fabric markets here in Tbilisi. As this fabric is quite lightweight, I wanted to do a full lining for the bodice section so it would hold the shape a bit better and give it a bit more support. I just used a pink/watermelon polyester lining fabric that I had lying around.

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Just noticed how bad my understitching is!!

Just noticed how uneven my understitching is!!

After flicking through a google image search for Washi Dress, and thinking the bodice/skirt join might be a touch too high for me, I lengthened the bodice by 1/2in, and I used elastic in the back of the dress instead of the shirring lines. The elastic option is actually in the expansion pack which I also purchased, but didn’t see it until after I had finished the dress… Instead of using the lining as the casing (which is in View C of Expansion pack), I cut an extra strip of the main fabric, same width as the back where the lowest shirring line was, and encased the elastic seperately to the lining. I think it looks really nice that way as well on the inside! I sewed on the casing, then handstitched the lining to the seam allowance all around (top of the elastic casing), then inserted the elastic as the last step.

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I will definately make another few of these dresses, lovely and simple, and perfect for all weather (as you can see – I tried it on in a Summer and Winter versions… still trying to pack…)

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Seriously need to tidy my wardrobe….

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Oooh pockets! :)

Oooh I love these easy pockets! 🙂

 

I’m STILL at a standstill on my pink long sleeved Moneta dress, I can’t get my twin needle to behave, I’ve tried absolutely everything!!! It’s driving me CRAZY! It is an “unknown” brand of needle and not ballpoint, so that may have something to do with it since the fabric I’m using is more lightweight than the first Moneta I successfully used the same twin needles on!! I think I’ll have to give up & take my dress with me (with unfinished neckline and hem) and find a proper needle in Brisbane and finish it off on mum or sister’s machine while I’m there.:))

Ok, off to cut out another Washi! 🙂

 

Spotty Dress

Since my sewing machine arrived a couple of months ago, I’ve only sewn ‘easy’ things like a flannel/minky blanket, pair of shorts for bubba and some new strap covers for his pram – this has been due to a lack of material in my stash & not knowing where to buy material here in Tbilisi. So it has really been since November last year (when we moved from Melbourne) that I have sewn anything finicky, you know, those type of projects you actually need to really concentrate for… and my toddler was only just 12 months old then and was a lot less mobile and inquisitive than he is now!

It was sooooo much easier sewing when I could strap him in a little bouncer chair and give him a toy, or pop him in his gated playroom right next to the kitchen table and sew!  I am finding that managing sewing time with looking-after-a-toddler time is a lot more difficult! Especially since I’ve gotten my sew-jo back, have some cool materials, and have so many awesome ideas in my head…. but my little man has other ideas. He thinks its hilarious to sit on my fabric when I’m trying to cut a pattern. Or run up and slide on it just as I’m trying to line it all up properly. He also thinks its hilarious to sit under the desk and try and run off with the foot pedal…. or when I’m not looking, gets up on my chair and tries to grab the thread off my overlocker — And after having to rethread it about 5 times last month when it was playing up, that almost gave me a heart attack… Picture a slow motion “nooooooooo” while lunging at him from across the room!

Anyway, as we haven’t yet bought a printer, I haven’t find any shops here with paper patterns, and really don’t want to ask my husband to print out a few 40 page patterns at work, I picked out a simple style dress in my cupboard (that I bought in 2008!!) that is a nice fit and thought I’d use as a template – as I’ve been DYING to sew something for me!!

I used some blue & white spot dress material that I bought at the market on Monday, honestly I have no idea what kind of fabric this is, as the selvedge doesn’t have anything printed on it and I don’t know fabric types well enough to say….  (Now I’ll be on a mission to find out the name of this fabric!)

I unfortunately cut the neckline a little too wide and lets call the sleeves “fitted” to put it nicely… but this was a great project to learn a few new techniques, like using facings on the neckline and sleeve openings, and shirring the waist instead of using elastic (like in the dress I was using as a template). I have never shirred before, but thanks to an awesome tutorial that I found by Pretty Ditty (here) I got it FIRST GO!

Very impressed with myself. Unfortunately I didn’t have any thread to match the material and was sewing this late at night so made do with the best I could find!! I have now got some dark blue thread so can use that to hem the dress tonight!

Actually after I made the dress and looked at it hanging up, it is a little similar in style to the April Rhodes Staple Dress that I talked about in my last post & want to make (properly, with a pattern – I’m sure it would turn out better!)

Ok, off to hem this dress and have a think about what next to sew… any ideas for sheer printed fabrics until my fabric.com order arrives?!!

 

 

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