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” ūüôā

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 ūüė¶ 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! ūüôā

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….

Cambie sleeves unattached

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 Рwho 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! ūüôā

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….!

Catch-up. A Totally Non Sewing Post.

Ooops just realised how long its been…. ¬†sleep has won out over blogging most nights!¬†

The last month has been just cray-cray (oh seriously did I just say that?), as my toddler & I made the massive trek from Tbilisi to Brisbane (Australia) and back, by ourselves, which due to the nature of connecting (or should I say non-connecting) flights, gave us over 12hrs in Dubai both ways. 

Toddler was “not-too-bad”¬†on the way out, and since he is still under 2 (just!!) I had booked just one ticket with him as an “infant” (on-my-lap-seat), and used my frequent flyer miles to upgrade the Dubai-Brisbane flight to business class (woooooo!). Now it so happened that the lovely lady sitting next to us moved to give us an extra seat (possibly because toddler was putting the partition between seats up and down, up and down)…. so Bubba had a seat to himself to (not) sleep in. Seriously, I got to watch ONE movie in 14hours and I didn’t sleep at all. Thats how much he didn’t sleep. ONE movie. Seriously, toddler, not cool. I did however get 2 glasses of champagne, and the time he slept was during the dinner service so I got fancy food in peace and quiet (and thats when I watched the movie..)

Had a lovely time in Brisbane, saw loads of friends, used mum’s machine to make a few little gifts for pregnant friends, and the 2.5weeks were over before we knew it, and the dreaded journey home awaited us.¬†

Again, was able to use points to upgrade us to Business class (thanks dad for the 6000 extra points I needed!) and once again somehow had a spare seat next to us.¬†Bubba fell asleep straight away (thanks 9pm departure time and a flat bed seat!) and the 14hour direct flight to Dubai was looking pretty sweet…. I got in 2 movies, dinner and a glass of champagne. Then… we got diverted to¬†Singapore with a cracked windshield¬†(wtf??)¬†and spend 6hours there in the lounge waiting to see how the “heck” we were going to get to Dubai…¬†

The lounge staff eventually got around to us, and were going to put us on the next flight from SIN-Dubai, and told me that because we were an upgrade ticket, they would be putting us in Economy class. I chucked up a stink and refused to go in economy, and they ‘managed’ to put u in Business class. Luckily, as the 2 young girls that ended up sitting next to us in Business class had been upgraded (complimentary)¬†from Economy. Anyway, Bubba fell asleep on my lap again for the most part of the flight.

Dubai… waited at the baggage carousel for 40minutes before realising that one of my bags was definately having a holiday in Singapore. Confirmed by baggage man. Put in missing bag report …Doubtful that it would make our next (non) connecting flight to Tbilisi.

Got massively poo’d on while getting a few supplies at the massively busy Dubai mall. Gross. Got out of there in a hurry!¬†

Flight to Tbilisi, uneventful. Sent bubba running out through the doors to Dadda in Tbilisi Airport while I waited for missing bag to magically appear in Tbilisi. Filled out lost bag report (again) and went home and slept for 2 days straight. 

Anyway, have had hardly any time to sew since then….

I did however, begin a muslin Sewaholic Cambie dress (but in pretty scraps of fabric) this week. I did also however, measure myself a little wrong (or read the measurements on the envelope wrong) and made a size 10, where I should have made a size 6. I did try it on a few times before putting the zipper in and thought it would just be a little big. But its MA-HOOOO-SIVE! No way its wearable, I made the View A skirt without pockets, and only lined the top section as I knew it wouldn’t be a wearable dress anyway, so off to the market today to find some gorgeous fabric and make Cambie #2!

I have also started a Simplicity wrap dress in Jersey but overlocker is playing up so it’s a WIP. In saying that,¬†need to fix Overlocker ASAP as I’ve come back from holiday, threads are broken, and something is up with the upper looper thread. The invisible sewing goblin has been at it. Grrr.¬†

Ok apologies for boring text post today…. stay tuned for a Cambie dress post!

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Belcarra Blouses!

Ok. This is going to be a gushy post, because I Love this pattern! Sewaholic’s Belcarra Top pattern is really such a simple looking top, but it fits so nicely without darts, and is cute and flattering. Depending on what material you use, you could dress it up with jeans, pair it with a skirt for work, tuck it into a maxi skirt… possibilities are endless… ¬†I am in love!

White Belcarra

White Belcarra

The first one I made from a cheap semi-sheer white crepe-like material, just to check how the fit would work. Honestly, I have no idea what the material is (although it does smell like something my nanna used to wear?)-¬†I mean,¬†obviously I can hazard a guess of knit vs cotton vs satin¬†vs chiffon etc, but when buying from a market where there is nothing on the selvedge and the woman you buy it off doesn’t speak English, its pretty much a guess…

I’m not sure why, but I measured myself straight after a massive dinner with a padded bra on, (and I was just thinking that I’d gotten a bit fatter…) so my measurements were just pushing me out of the sz6 range, so I made a size 8, which ended up much too¬†big on me. Since the material was a bit sheer, I used french seams throughout, after seeing Chantal from¬†A handmade wardrobe¬†doing the same with a similar fabric for this top – makes the inside look so lovely, just takes a lot longer to do properly. This was only my 2nd time doing french seams, and I was so impressed with myself on how they turned out – MUCH nicer than the first time!! ūüôā

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You can see better in this pic how it slips off the shoulders…

 

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French seams

French seams

Anyway, love the top, just a wee bit big, slipping off my shoulders (especially since the fabric is also a little slippery) and is a bit too roomy around the hips. If I get time (and the motivation) I think I’ll unpick the neckline and take in the shoulders a little, then it will probably be more wearable!

Comparison of size 8 (white) to size 6 (pink)

Comparison of neckline in size 8 (white) to size 6 (pink)

So second attempt, I made the size 6 in a Valori Wells cotton voile that I had – I only had a bit over a metre since I had already made a Sorbetto top with this fabric, but managed to squeeze this top out of it! I just didn’t have enough fabric for the neckline facing strip so I used a piece of pink satin bias binding – and it turned out really nicely (you can see that in the pic above!!)

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Valori Wells cotton voile Belcarra

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Excuse the messy wardrobe ‘selfie’, only big mirror in our place! Yes I have boots on in summer, was trialling outfits for Australia trip….

I found a lovely pink cotton/linen fabric yesterday, so think I will make another in that, with the pocket & turned up sleeve cuff. I think this could be nice in a knit fabric as well….

Speaking about knits, I found a gorgeous watermelon pink jersey knit the other day at the market (ummm yes, I have a pink fabric problem…), so I am almost¬†finished a 3/4 sleeve Moneta dress (Colette P, perfect for my Brisbane trip next week! Today’s project is to finish that off, and hopefully get a maxi skirt out of the rest of the material! Off to the machine!! ūüôā

 

Pdf vs Printed

I’ve been reading a lot of sewing blogs lately, and have absolutely fallen in lust with some¬†of the patterns that are popular at the moment… think Cambie Dress, gabriola skirt¬†(ok EVERYTHING by Sewaholic… ) Scout Tee¬†& Tiny Pocket Tanks¬†(Grainline Studio), Miette Skirt¬†(Tilly & the Buttons), Anna & Elisalex dresses (By Hand London), Bombshell Swimsuit¬†(Closet Case Patterns)…

Oh but there are more… this is a short list and I’m sure it will keep me busy for a while!

I did head out today to try and find a printer here in Tbilisi….easier said than done… going to multiple places¬†in¬†a taxi and dragging along a 20 month old squirmy toddler…on a side note, I really miss ‘seatbelt straps’ in the supermarket trolley, my little monster cherub *cough cough* decides he’s had enough halfway through a weekly shop and tries to kamikaze out of the trolley, then I have to carry him while pushing around a full trolley.

I digress…

Realistically, if I wanted to pay the equivalent of $300 I could have easily gotten a basic scanner/printer at either of the 2 shops I visited, but since I paid under $100 in Australia for our last basic printer/scanner, I just felt like I was being robbed! And I don’t see the point in getting the printer without a scanner function these days, as especially living overseas, there is ALWAYS something to print, sign & scan…

Anyhow, so I got a ream of paper at the market, but came home empty handed on the printer. Boo. I had such grand plans for this evening…

I am also considering whether to order a few of the patterns in hard copies, as I actually don’t own any proper paper patterns and these Indie / Boutique designers patterns look really fancy as a printed pattern — Seriously, go onto the By Hand London website, and have a little drool¬†at their patterns on their front page! TO. DIE. FOR.

On other TRES exciting news, my first Tbilisi bound fabric.com order should be ringing my metaphorical doorbell (as we are yet to get a doorbell…) in the next 2 hours….. EEEEEKKKKKK! I have some fabric intended for placemats and cushions (as funky homewares is a serious hole in the market in Tbilisi), some gorgeous Amy Butler lined up for a Miette Skirt (if I can just get the pattern….boooo). Pretty impressed with the cost of shipping as well – we use a freight forwarder service from USA so as long as its over $35 (uhhh of course!) I get free shipping to our USA mailbox then it was $15ish for the courier from USA – Georgia! WINNING!!

It may have to be a cushion/placemat/table runner/storage basket couple of days until I can get out of the house without the Bub and not have to worry about chasing a toddler around an electrical store while trying to talk in broken Georgian/English about printer attributes.

Ok BORING non-sewing type post today, but I was itching to post something – I will at least share some picture of some gorgeous cotton dress print that I found at the market yesterday (Think Cambie Dress!!) and a lining fabric that is going to go with one of the voiles that I bought last week – for a maxi skirt – I’m not sure how the print will go with a Gabriola Skirt, else I think I may just wing it with an elastic waist…

A printed voile and a lining fabric - possibly for a maxi skirt....!

A printed voile and a lining fabric – possibly for a maxi skirt….!

 

 

 

Pretty! I'm thinking a Cambie Dress for Summer?

Pretty! I’m thinking a Cambie Dress for Summer?