Sewaholic Cambie

Nearly two months after finishing this dress, I’m finally posting about it! I made this dress for our friends’ wedding on the 22nd March; the colour theme was purple and orange and I wanted to pick that up in what I wore on the day.

Cambie 1

The fabric is Amy Butler ‘Souvenir’ from the Lark collection. I’m not really sure what colour it is; in some light it’s orange, others a hot pink, and sometimes a deep coral.  Some have even told me it’s red!  I love the richness and warmth of the colour, whatever it is.

There’s not a lot to say about the Cambie pattern or the construction really. As always with Tasia’s patterns the drafting is faultless and the instructions good. I had no problems making this dress at all. I’m particularly pleased with how neatly the zip went in; there was bragging on Instagram and Twitter when I’d completed that step I have to admit.

Cambie 2

I didn’t make any changes to the pattern other than my usual FBA and using the full width of the fabric for the skirt panels, which definitely made for a fuller skirt! I love that putting a petticoat on with this dress gives it some added impact, but that it’s also great to wear without the extra oomph as a day dress (which is how I wore it for my sister’s hen do in Cambridge).

I have other versions of this dress planned already although I may lessen the amount of fabric in the skirt for that one…

Cambie 3

Fabric: Amy Butler ‘Souvenir’ from the Lark Collection
Lining: Bed sheet for the bodice and dress lining from Anglian Fashion Fabrics for the skirt
Thread & Zip: Jaycotts

PS: There’s still a few hours to enter my give away here!

Time Management?!

I have made three rather lovely hand bags with gorgeous dark bamboo handles – they’re a bit preppy and a bit rockabilly whilst also being a bit classic.

A Basket Bag in Amy Butler's Dancing Paisley

The stupid thing is that I made these a while ago and I still haven’t finished the photographs of them so that I can list them in my Etsy shop.  I’ve got what I call the product shot, but I need to do the details shots to go with them.  And this is where my current lack of time management comes in.

Black & White Basket Bag

I like to photograph what I make outside where I can as the colours look better and more “true”.  This means doing it during the day when I’m not at work, when it’s not raining, the sun isn’t directly over head and when the little person isn’t climbing on the garden furniture and threatening to throw himself head first onto the patio (this kamikaze act of his really doesn’t help his Mummy to concentrate on what she’s trying to do!).

Amy Butler Tumbling Roses Basket Bag

So, hence a lack of photos at the moment!

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to take them this weekend.  In between a large tree being cut down by the tree surgeon and My Mr, a friend’s birthday party and little person wrangling!  At least with the clocks having gone forward the evenings are lighter for longer so I may be able to get some shots done in the evening while Mr does the wrangling!  Wish me luck…