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.