Minerva Blogger Network : First impressions Cambie dress

Pattern: Cambie dress by Sewaholic patterns

Size: size 6 for the bodice

Alterations: I straightened the front neckline, lowered the back neckline by 5 cm, replaced the skirt with a self-drafted half circle skirt.

Fabric: a beautiful cotton poplin courtesy of Minerva Crafts.

This is my first project for the Minerva Blogger Network, and as I wrote in my post over there, I'm a big believer in the importance of first impressions.
This adorable tape measure printed cotton poplin was just perfect for a colorful, fun summer dress that would immediately give a sense of my personal style.

In my post, I completely forgot to mention Roisin of Dolly Clackett, who also made a gorgeous dress using this fabric (but in another color). I guess great minds think alike? I can't help but be constantly inspired by her, I simply adore that woman and her style.

Anyway, this is my second Cambie dress (see my first here) and I'm still loving it, but this time I drafted a semi-circle skirt to make it even more feminine and swirly. More details on construction are in my post.

I was afraid this dress might have been a bit over the top after finishing, but after wearing it a bit and taking pictures, I just love it so much. It's very colorful and it definitely will make me stand out, two things I'm not super comfortable with, but it definitely makes a statement about my style and my personality, even. A success, then!

If you want to make this dress (or a similar one, if you don't have the pattern), you can purchase the kit here, in which you'll find everything you need: 3m of tape measure print fabric, a matching 18" (45 cm) dress zip and 4m of matching bias binding.

What do you think? Did I manage to leave a good first impression?

"Tutti Frutti" Cambie dress


If you follow me on Instagram (come join the fun!) or on Twitter, you might have seen a sneak peek of this dress already. And you know I'm a bit on the fence about this dress.
But let me provide some background.
I was very excited when the Cambie dress pattern by Sewaholic came out, in fact it was the first time I really really liked one of Tasia's patterns, so I purchased it immediately.
Once the pattern was in my hands, I started scouting my fabric stash, looking for a good match, and my eyes fell on this crazy cotton with fruit printed all over it. When my mother saw me cut a dress from it she warned me: "I made a lot of tablecloths from that fabric, someone is probably going to stop you in town and ask you if you stole their linens".


But, of course, that didn't stop me. Once I set my mind on something, it takes more than that to make me change idea.
So, now the dress is done and I still don't know what I think about it. On one side, I'm amazed by the fit: I cut a size 4 for the bodice, grading up to a size 8 in the hips, with NO ALTERATIONS whatsoever, not even an FBA (I was SO happy about this). I think it looks quite flattering on me; it was designed for a pear-shape, after all. It's also very summery and cheerful and a much needed addition of colour to my wardrobe.
On the other side, the word "tablecloth" keeps flashing in my mind like a neon sign...
What do you think, readers? I need your opinion!

Finally, just a word about the pattern: amazing! As I said, the fit is spot on for me, the cap sleeves are very flattering and the instructions were great! The pockets are brilliant, too.
The only thing I changed was to install a lapped zipper instead of an invisible one (how original, I know).
Now I really want to make another one either in view B (with a fuller, gathered skirt) or with a straight neckline (or both, why not).