Ombre Cambie

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.

Make it Sew

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.

Startrek Cambie

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.

Cambie Dots


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!

3 Decades, 3 Prizes!

Sorry, this giveaway is now closed!

In ten days time, it’ll be my birthday.  My 30th birthday.  So to celebrate this milestone I thought I would do a giveaway, one for each decade – so I’ve got three prizes up for grabs!  I’m really pleased with the little packages that I’ve put together and really hope that you will like them too.

Prize Number 1

My first un-birthday present to you all is in the colour Teal!  A handmade baguette style purse (made by me) lined in a self-strip cream cotton, closed with a silver coloured frame.  There’s also 10 yards of teal rayon seam binding and a bamboo point turner.  Last, but by no means least is your choice of Sewaholic pattern!

Prize Number 2

My second un-birthday present to you all is in the colour Navy!  A handmade baguette style purse (made by me) lined in a self-strip cream cotton, closed with a silver coloured frame.  There’s also 10 yards of dark navy rayon seam binding and a bamboo point turner.  Last, but by no means least is your choice of A Fashionable Stitch belt kit and an eyelet setting tool to give your kit the perfect finish!

Prize Number 3

My final un-birthday present to you all is in the colour Purple!  A handmade baguette style purse (made by me) lined in a self-strip cream cotton, closed with a silver coloured frame.  There’s also 10 yards of plum rayon seam binding and a bamboo point turner.  Last, but by no means least is a copy of the new Colette Sewing Handbook!

I hope you like these little bundles as much as I’ve enjoyed putting them together!  I can’t thank Tasia of Sewaholic and Sunni of a Fashionable Stitch enough for helping me put this all together!

So, to win an un-birthday present, here’s what you need to do:

Leave a comment here, telling me which present you’d like; 1, 2 or 3 (or teal, navy or plum!)

For an extra entry blog about the giveaway, tweet or Facebook it

For a possible third entry, if you’d like, you can become a follower!  If you follow me already, please mention it in your comment telling me whether it’s via email, wordpress or RSS!

I will gladly post these internationally, so everyone can enter!  The draw will close at 19:40 / 7:40pm GMT on the 24 November 2011.  Why that time – according to my Mother, it was the time I was born!  And the date, well, it’s my birthday!

Inspiration – Where Do You Get Yours?

I’m really thinking about this at the moment.  For a couple of reasons; firstly because Casey asked where we got the inspiration for our circle skirts and the answers were quite eclectic.  The other reason is because I’m planning what I might wear to my brother-in-law’s wedding next September.  Yep!  Eleven (well ten and a half) months away.

Husband is going to be an Usher and Boy is going to be a Page Boy and is likely going to be in a mini morning suit (tails) with a purple waistcoat.  They haven’t made a decision yet as to whether they’d like Husband to be in morning dress yet or not.  Royal purple (or Cadbury’s purple) is the accent colour for the wedding.  I’m not an official part of the wedding party, but I’d like to incorporate a little purple into my outfit so as to co-ordinate a bit with the men in my life!

So, full on purple is out as I don’t want to look like a bridesmaid.  But an accent in my accessories would be a way of incorporating some purple.  This then led me to which other colours I’d like to wear and I have drawn on my autumn palette of purple, teal, gold, chocolate and navy.  I know that teal is very ‘now’ as a colour but it’s also a colour I love and one I am repeatedly drawn to.

 So I’ve started with something that is synonymous (at least in the UK) with weddings.  Hats!  I’m not entirely comfortable with the huge hat thing, but fascinators I can do.  Actually I love them!  The last wedding I went to was several years ago and as you can see I had a very pale colour scheme going on!

Muted Colours at a Friend's Wedding

 Ah, to be 10st something again!  I’m working on getting back there though.

I spent ages trying on hats and fascinators, eventually deciding on the one you see atop my head in the picture.  Very chic and certainly minimal in the colour department.

For next September though, I’ve chosen this! 

I can't wait to wear this!
Layers of texture and colour

Isn’t it fabulous?!  And the colours I love are there – the purple accent and then the teal and gold and navy in the peacock feathers.  There’s even a hint of chocolate due to the way the colours of the peacock feather change in the light.  Click on the photos to visit the Etsy shop I’ve bought it from.

This isn’t a subtle item in colour, and nor is it subtle in size!  It’s about 5” by 6” so will take up a bit of room on my head.  I plan on wearing it with a purple or teal birdcage veil which I’ll make myself.  I think it would look beautiful with a chignon, victory rolls or loose hair with a curl to it.  To be honest, what I’ll do with my hair is a whole other pondering and inspiration gathering session…  You can get veil’s like the one below on Etsy, click on the photo to go to the seller’s shop.

How I plan to style it with a birdcage veil in purple or teal

So, that’s my starting point.  I really need to decide on a dress pattern though.  But of course, I intend to make my dress!  I have absolutely no intention of wearing anything that someone else might wear, plus it gives me the opportunity to make it exactly the way I want it!  This is some of the justification in starting this whole process now.  I hope to start making my dress in June.  That would give me three months to get it done – it’s not something I want to rush!  I don’t want to rush the research or planning stages either as sometimes that’s just as much, if not more fun!

I love Colette’s Peony dress, but would want a fuller skirt.  Like Gertie’s amazing yellow dress.  In fact, something more akin to Immodesty Blaize’s nude illusion dress with the bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves and full skirt. 

Take the skirt of Gertie's Dress...
And add Immodesty Blaize's dress bodice

A mash-up of the Peony bodice and a circle skirt will most likely give the silhouette I’m aspiring to. 

The next decision then is the fabric.  And at the moment I have no clue!  I would love to use the fabric from Gorgeous fabrics I blogged about here, but it’s just too expensive.  Sigh.  So  window/web shopping is called for – I can’t think of a better way to while away some time…