Kaffe Fassett Cambie
by Rosie Follow

Another wedding to attend, another excuse to make a pretty dress!

I bought the Cambie pattern an age ago after seeing all the prettiness and excitement it brought on the internet. I was always a little intimidated by the thought of a fully lined dress and an invisible zipper. 

But, as with my last big dress, a wedding was on the horizon. I neeeeeeeded a pretty dress! I shopped and got disappointed and decided it was time to tackle the Cambie. I visited the beautiful local patchwork fabric store and had a long browse and chat and ended up with the most beautiful Kaffe Fassett (I learnt how to pronounce his name without embarassment as well - yay!) fabric and some lovely high quality pink Japanese cotton for the lining. My wallet shed a tear and I skipped with joy!

Now there's something you need to know about me. I hate the idea of a muslin. Hate. I get excited about making something and I want all my creative energy in that thing, not in something I'm not going to wear. I knew it would bite me one day. But more about that later...

I ended up shortening the skirt by a few inches so I could fit the skirt pieces with horizontal stripes. I jumped into sewing and all was going swimmingly. I had a few hesitations and periods of procrastination when it came to the invisible zipper. (Instead of sewing, I went and swam at the beach. It was delightful, if not a little cold due to it being winter here. I love where I live!) After some enjoyable procrastination I returned to the task at hand. Sewing the lining was lovely, attaching the lining to the zipper and dress was a nightmare. I spent a long time just looking on the internet at Tasia's tutorial and I scratched my head a lot until Mum popped her head in and said something along the lines of, "Don't be stupid Rosie. Just do it!" Well that worked and I only had to unpick a few times. And suddenly the dress was done! 

...and then I tried it on. Oh dear. TOO BIG! At this point I was getting over a long cold and was particularly tired and there was a few days until the wedding. I slept. I didn't have the energy to unpick my hard fought zipper and so I eventually took the cheater's way out and...sewed a straight line through the lining, waistband and all and took it in by about an inch each side. Atrocious. BUT I knew I wasn't going to be unpicking that any time soon. I looked pretty fab at the wedding despite feeling like I wanted to curl up and sleep! 

After we got home from the wedding I rechecked the measurements against mine and I have no idea what I was thinking. Next time I sew a Cambie (and there will be a next time) I will go down a size. I probably still won't ever make a muslin but you live and learn. I will just measure and try on more in the process. No biggie.

I still love this dress and, despite it being in progress due to lazy seamstressing, I would gladly wear it again as is. 


Discussion 11

  • Yuki @ Waffle Patterns commented 8 years ago

    what a lovely stripes!

  • crystalpleats commented 8 years ago

    Pretty dress!  I love the fabric and the play with stripes.

  • Shanna Vaughn commented 8 years ago

    This turned out lovely. I had the same experience with this pattern. My finished dress is much too big in the bodice. You've inspired me though to try and fix it. Thanks for sharing

  • TheMissLinds commented 8 years ago

    that fabric is seriously to die for! great use of pattern!

    Rosie replied 8 years ago

    Thanks! I was a bit excited about the horizontal stripes in the skirt. 

  • Karen Aleta Miller commented 8 years ago

    Fabulous dress!

  • Dora Kishinevsky commented 8 years ago

    This looks gorgeous on you. I love the fabric.

  • Andrea Romano commented 8 years ago


  • Jessie Stern commented 8 years ago

    I LOVE this!

  • Nearest the pin commented 8 years ago

    The fabric is gorgeous, you must feel very cheerful when wearing it!

    Rosie replied 8 years ago

    Thanks! I was a bit worried I'd be too bright for the wedding! But I absolutely loved wearing it!

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