I’m excited to share my latest favorite dress with you! This one turned out exactly as I had envisioned and I’ve already worn it twice since I made it. I shared my plans for this in a previous post. My inspiration was a Modcloth dress, that I loved when I saw it, so I picked up the Michael Miller Gay Paree fabric (from Harts Fabric in Santa Cruz) that it was made of and planned my own version of this dress.
I used the Sewaholic Cambie dress pattern, which I’ve made several times before. It’s one that I’ve already graded up and I like the way it fits me. I’ve also been looking forward to sewing this dress using some contrasting color details. This pattern is no longer available in the printed version, but if you’re interested, you can still obtain a paper copy on Craftsy (affiliate link).
For my version of this dress, I added navy blue cotton sateen (stash remnant) contrasts on the sleeve front, waistband, sash and hem band. It worked well to sketch out my plans and figure out the color placement. I also added red piping along the neckline, sleeves and hem band.
For some reason, I didn’t take a photo of the insides of this dress. It’s fully lined with white cotton batiste.
I made the sash the same width as the waistband so that it would appear as one, plus have the same contrast if I elected not to wear the sash. I made thread loops to keep the sash lined up with the waistband.
I graded this pattern up to about a size 22. I didn’t add length to the skirt as I usually do as I sewed on a 3″ hem band. In addition to those pattern alterations, I did a swayback adjustment and cut a fuller skirt.
The sleeves are attached to the bodice back and then pulled down the front to be attached between the dress and the lining. The Cambie bodice has some gaping if I attach the sleeves to the intended marks, so my sleeves are pulled down further to fit to my preference.
I really love this dress. It’s my favorite dress to wear at the moment and it definitely makes me want to add design elements like this to future dresses. I’m not certain if this white fabric would be one that I’d like in a full dress alone, but with the contrasting red and navy, it really steps it up. Plus, the print is just so sweet and fun. <3
- Dress: Sewaholic Cambie in Michael Miller Gay Paree quilting cotton, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
- Earrings: BaubleBar