So, all of y’all know I’ve been obsessed with sewing lately? Finally this has (nearly) come to fruition! Thanks to a rainy weekend and some pinning help (the real stuff, not the pinterest kind) from my mum, I have a made this:
Hip hip hooray! Yes, it still needs to be hemmed but I’m pretending that I’m letting the skirt hang for a few days to get the bottom level (even though it’s not really necessary for this dress, but shh) before doing this.
BUT, I have a new way to stop unfinished dresses from never being finished. I’m not allowed to put them away. They have to stay on Doris (who, remember, normally lives right in line of sight from the sofa) so that I have to stare at it every day until I give in and finish it. The Cambie dress is going straight on Doris once I’ve hemmed this dress.
Anyway. I decided I wanted to make this pattern after the deflating first time I tried on the Cambie dress. My measurements are a bit weird and I didn’t feel ready alter a pattern to fit my bust. I wanted to tackle sewing up a dress before tinkering with fit. So I did some googling and found the Simplicity Amazing Fit line. These come with different bodice pieces depending on your cup size. Genius, non?
I really liked the look of the 1800 -
I went to my local fabric shop and found as near a match for the fabric as I could. (I love this fabric shop, they always ask if I’m a student and knock about 15 per cent off even though I say I’m not! Plus they’re friendly and helpful and it’s not at all twee in the slightest, just a real local sewing shop that’s been there forever) I cut out my fabric Saturday morning, and pretty much finished except for hemming on Sunday, with lots of not-sewing time mixed in with the sewing.
I love it. The pockets are right where your hands reach for pockets. The bodice fits better than any dress I’ve bought in a shop in years. It’s nicely fitted around the bust and waist – I normally have to pick one or the other! It has some bits that didn’t quite go right (note to self: use this tutorial next time you put a zip in, not a pin and prayer) but I’m not going to point them all out like I normally do, because, you guys, I did it. I finished a dress! My next dress will be better, and the one after that even better. Huzzah!
PS. I’m purposefully not including a ton of photos and details, because when the dress is done-done and I’ve worn it a few times I’m going to write a proper review – like I said, they were really hard to find online and most of the ones I did find (pretty much just these four) didn’t really cover whether the “amazing fit” bit of the pattern helped with a big bust). So I’m keeping this post slim on details and photos so I don’t bore you all when I come back with that post!
PPS. I had a really pin-productive weekend! I also made macaroni and cheese from scratch using this method, pizza like this (a bit of cheat as that’s a pin from my own site!), baked this cake and decorated the top using this pin (but with a doily for a stencil) – I also went for a run. It’s still enough of a novelty that I like to talk about it a lot! (To be fair, it was my first ever run in the rain, and that’s an achievement, right?)
Linking up here:
- My new friend: vintage chil-daw tailor’s dummy (annabelvita.com)