Amanda + First Cambie attempt = fail.
Amanda + Second Cambie attempt = win!
Yeah, that’s right. After the disastrous sundress attempt of earlier this year I was finally brave enough to take on Cambie again but with a new fabric. Rushed into wanting a cute dress to skittle around Sydney and sip cocktails in with my dear friend Jess I pulled out some more stash fabric, a pattern I’d already altered (mostly) and got stitching. Two night later- success! I had a frock.
I must say I am really loving this version and I have worn this bad boy quite a few times already and it has become a firm work favourite. It looks rad solo or dressed up with tights and a cardi. I call that a win! And even better? I really like the silhouette of this a-line version and even find the back rather flattering. Yay Cambie!
What I loved about this version:
- The fit for the skirt. I took the skirt in an each side to give a smoother finish and I’m really happy with the final silhouette. Though note to self: do not sew over pocket closings after making alterations. Oops.
- How well the fabric worked. I’m trying so hard to give up crazy prints and this was a definite stash buster that I originally planned as a muslin but this fabric really worked. Or at least in my head it does. Though my head is often filled with raptors trying to ride a bicycle so perhaps that is not the best judge.
- How neat the finish is. Just like my other Cambie it feels like such a professional finish. Though please excuse my lack of lining ironing…
What I will change for next time:
- I’m going to look at a sway back adjustment, possibly. I feel like the fabric gathers a little in a vertical line on my lower back. I’m going to make a decision about this after a couple more wears.
- Tighten up the neckline at the front. It is a bit floppy and is generally fine for most of the day though it gets droopy by the afternoon. This is driving me a bit bonkers. I’m not sure what the best approach for this would be. Mayhaps a little interfacing or shifting the straps in a little? Regardless, here is Floppy McNeckline on show at the flower festival.