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!

The C Word

Yep, I’m talking Christmas!  Mainly because Tilly has relaunched this:

Hurrah for the Crafty Christmas Club.  A veritable treasure trove of ideas and a way of sharing your creations without those who are being created for getting a sneek-peak!

What is it?

A group blog for people making their own Christmas prezzies. A hub to discuss your crafty plans with likeminded people, gain inspiration from other craftsters, share tips and tutorials, and show off your finished goodies without spoiling the surprise to family and friends who might be reading your own blog.

Why would you spend time making presents? Isn’t it easier just to buy them?

Well yes, it is easier to buy them. But I know I’m not the only one who feels a little nauseous at the thought of all the frenzied consumerism that goes on during the festive season. Who wants to spend the whole of December battling the crowds in the shopping centre? I’d rather sit at home crafting a little something by hand, investing that extra bit of love and care into it. Stock up on fabric and glitter, invite some friends over to join in the fun, load up your favourite music, pour out the sherry, warm up the mince pies… bliss!

What kinds of crafts does it cover?

Sewing, knitting, paper crafts, crafty food gifts, jewellery, decorations, fancy wrapping, cards… and lots of other craftiness.

Sounds like a genius idea! How can I be part of the fun?

Why thank you, kind sir! Read the blog and follow our progress here. If you want to post to the blog, you can become a member by emailing craftychristmasclub at g mail dot com and I’ll set you up as an author. If you’ve got your own blog, send me the link and I’ll add it to the list of members. Ooh and help spread the good tidings by adding the button to your blog:

I don’t celebrate Christmas – can I still join?

But of course! If you’re making Hanukkah prezzies, Winter Solstice prezzies, or any other winter season prezzies for that matter, do join us!

Join us… join us… join us…

So, do as Tilly says!  There are only 72 days until the big day (sounds like ages and no time at all, all at once) so come plan and create with us!

Pay It Forward = A Free Something Lovely in the Post for You!

Want one of these in the post rather than bills?

So, I was wandering around in the blogosphere when I came across a comment from Andrea on A Fashionable Stitch post.  So I thought I’d pop over to her site and have a look see and she is taking part in something rather lovely.  And that rather lovely thing is called Pay it Forward.  You can read her post here.

I really don’t know where this started, but its such a great idea!  I thought I’d be a little impulsive and join in.

So, would you like a little something made by me for you?  And all for free?  Well, here’s the rules (there’s only a few…)

  • The first 5 people who comment on this post saying they want to take part will receive a handmade gift from me.
  • In return, they will first write their own blog post about Pay It Forward on their blog and commit to doing the same for five of their readers.

And that’s it.  Simple as that.  It would be lovely to see a post about what is sent too.  Have a look at what Nette made and sent when she took part!