I thought I’d break up the By Hand London love in that’s going on around here with a return to our favourite Canadian designer! This is my second version of the Cambie and this time I chose to use the A-line skirt as gathers on my waist aren’t my favourite thing!
I made this dress for a party with a BBC theme – which is about as broad a remit as you can get! I decided to go with Star Trek as I used to spend every Tuesday evening sat on the floor in the lounge, eating dinner with my Dad watching The Next Generation on BBC2.
Captain Jean-Luc Piccard was and is one of my heroes! And when I saw the above it was just perfection.
But back to the dress! As I mentioned, it’s Sewaholic’s Cambie with the A-Line skirt. Bodice wise it is identical to the first version; usual FBA and sway back adjustments. The skirt is as Tasia drafted. It all went together beautifully.
I had a lot of fun turning the plain Enterprise printed fabric (from Plush Addict) into the gorgeous Ombre you see! I did a bit of Google research (seriously, doesn’t all research start there?!) and used this tutorial to dye the dress. Because I wanted the Ombre fading down the dress I made the dress shell first and then dyed it in a mix of Navy and Amethyst Dylon dye with the shoulders staying in the longest. That was fun and messy! But as I made this dress back in June (I did warn you I was way behind on blogging my makes!) I played with the dye outside.
It’s not a perfect job, there are some bright pink spots where I didn’t quite mix the powder properly into the water before dunking the dress, but I kinda like the odd bright pink spots dotted across it.
I then finished the construction with the bodice lining etc as per Tasia’s instructions.
Just to finish off the outfit, I bought a communicator style brooch from eBay and wore that on the dress as well (Not a TNG one though too much ££! It’s the style in the recent films which I loved!). I got so many comments on the dress and I can also wear it as day wear. In fact I’m wearing it today, along with my Victoria Blazer whose lining coordinates beautifully with those bright pink spots!