Cambie Dress in Vivid Printed Linen

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m thrilled to hear all the good feedback on the new pattern, the Cambie Dress. There’s always room in our pattern drawers for one more pretty dress pattern!

If you missed Friday’s announcement, here’s the link: Introducing the Next Pattern… the Cambie Dress!

Here’s another version of the Cambie Dress, this time in a vivid printed linen. Isn’t this print fantastic? It’s like I’m on vacation, wearing something this tropical. I took photos on a really bright, warm and sunny day and felt pretty fabulous walking around in a summer dress, bare legs and all!

This is a ‘notice me’ dress, for sure. It gets attention! I crossed a busy street in this dress and could feel people looking. After a winter of being covered up in warm layers, why not wear the brightest dress possible to celebrate warmer weather?

Here’s a closer look at the bodice. I love the sleeve that’s not really a sleeve! More coverage than a true sleeveless dress, cooler than actually wearing sleeves.

I’ve lined this dress with cotton voile, so it’s cool and soft. When it gets really hot, I’d rather have cotton against the skin than lining fabrics, it’s more breathable! The skirt is not designed to be tight-fitting. It’s meant to hang away from the body for a more relaxed fit. Plus if it’s not too snug, there’s room to use the pockets! (Of course, you’re welcome to take in the skirt so it fits more snugly. That’s the great part about sewing!)

Love those pockets! They’re subtle and lie flat against the body without adding any bulk to the hips.

And as requested, here’s a back view photo. It’s not the greatest shot but it shows you what the dress looks like from the back – pretty, simple, without looking bulky or tight. I do plan to make about ten more of these dresses so I’ll be sure to take better photos from the back. (Note to self: pin hair up when taking back view photos!)

Thanks for all the comments on this pretty new pattern! I’m so excited about this one!

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22 Responses to Cambie Dress in Vivid Printed Linen

  1. Nothy Lane May 7, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    I love your new pattern. Dresses are so quick to make and so practical to wear. I hope you make more dress patterns. I pre-ordered mine on the weekend. I have some beautiful silk duponi that I bought off Ebay about month ago. I’m going to use it for the A-line verison of this dress. I also bought the pendrell blouse pattern because I was in Reitman’s a few months ago (I don’t know if you have that store in BC) and I saw several similar blouses in ugly, cheap fabrics and I immediately thought of you! I also asked my local speciality fabric store to stock your patterns. I think more women should know about your fabulous designs!

    Congratulations on all your successes!


    • Nothy Lane May 7, 2012 at 6:09 am #

      I meant, I immediately thought of your pattern and all the great versions I could turn out in nicer fabrics!

      • Tasia May 7, 2012 at 9:28 am #

        Ha, I know what you mean! I think that when I’m shopping too (or reading magazines). Sewing allows us to change the things we don’t like about garments – too long, too short, too many embellishments, not enough colour. It’s a side benefit of sewing, being able to recognize quality or lesser-quality clothing in stores.
        So glad you like the new pattern!

  2. Manda May 7, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Love! That will make four Sewaholic patterns in my collection!

    Can’t wait to find the time to sew together this dress…when’s the sew-a-long??


    • Tasia May 7, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      Awesome! I’m glad you like it! No sew-along for the moment, but I’d love to put together a couple of sewing posts to cover the trickier steps and some possible variations. We’ve covered many of the techniques in this dress pattern already with the exception of lining.
      Anything specific that you’d like to see demonstrated? :) Let me know and I’ll see what I can do! I plan on making a few more of these dresses this summer, time permitting!

      • annabelvita May 9, 2012 at 2:27 am #

        Hello! Could you show us how to do an FBA on this dress? (Or point to a tutorial that would work well with the way it is constructed).

  3. Annabelle May 7, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    I am so jealous of your ability to find the perfect fabric for everything you make! This fabric is ideal for the Cambie dress. I believe you when you say you felt noticed wearing this out.

    After last week’s post I thought for sure I would be making the a-line version in a solid wool, now I will also need to find a bright fun print for this dress. I can’t wait to have this pattern in my hands!

    • Tasia May 7, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      You know, I bought this fabric two years ago with the intention to make exactly this sort of dress – A-line but not too poofy, fitted but comfortable, sleeveless or cap sleeves. I couldn’t find a pattern that was exactly what I wanted and I’m glad I waited until I’d created my own!

      This dress pattern works in so many different fabrics, so it’ll be easy to find the perfect one! Solids, prints, linens, wools – anything goes!

  4. Ann Haughton May 7, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    I have had a lovely printed floral linen washed and Ironed just waiting for this patter ever since Susan told me it was on the way!

    Finished the minora jacket today it’s fabulous and have just started to lay out a business shirt for my husband, then it will be time for this gorgeous dress. It’s horrible and dank and miserable in the UK and the sunshine in your photo helps me to imagine that we will have a summer soon, I hope!

    • Tasia May 7, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      This photo is misleading – it’s been windy, rainy and hailing even over the last week! We do get lucky with a few nice days – and then I run out to take photos immediately! Last Friday it hailed on my bike ride home. I was hoping for a day like in these photos – instead I was pelted with hail-balls for forty-five minutes! Anyways, I hope we both get summery, warm weather soon!

      Linen is great for this dress – the wrinkles add character, I think!

  5. Ash May 7, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Oh gosh, I can’t even describe how excited I am for this dress! I SOOOOO wish it would have come out a bit sooner as I have a wedding May 21st and would LOVE to wear this pattern, but alas. I’ll just have to console myself by making several and wearing them allll summer long! Another amazing pattern! :)

  6. Tasia May 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Yay! Happy to hear you’re excited about this one! I saw that you’ve preordered and I wish I could make them get here faster in time for your wedding event. At least it’s the start of wedding season right? :) I’ve been wearing this linen one as often as I can, as soon as it was finished and photographed. It’s so comfortable although the linen does ‘grow’ a little, which just makes it even more comfortable to wear!

  7. Maureen May 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I have some 1960s (I think) cotton that will look good as the A line. As an older sewer I avoid the flared skirts as I worry about looking like mutton dressed as lamb!

    I think the A line will look lovely in a winter weight fabric as a pinafore dress – I think a jumper in Canada.

    So looking forward to getting it.

  8. Sweety Darlin' May 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    I am just in love with this dress!

  9. Denise May 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    We’re doing a sew-along of the Granville coat at the end of the school year, but I’m starting to think that maybe we should do this dress instead!

  10. Gail May 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    This is a terrific dress – Love the line of the shoulders.

  11. Véro May 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Oh my god this is so pretty. I’m so glad you’re giving all this info about the fit – skirts too tight around the thighs or pockets adding too much bulk are always my main worries! So thanks for the reassuring info!

  12. Marie-Noëlle May 8, 2012 at 12:11 am #

    Love, love, love !!!

  13. Janice Bear May 15, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Wow1 This pattern is so lovely and you chose the best fabric for showing it off. I adore that strap/sleeve. The Cambie dress is on my wish list! Now, to get through all my other unused patterns so I can buy it…

  14. Camille May 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    I’m a newer sewer so I thought I’d buy some plain medium weight cotton to do a test run on the pattern and work on techniques. I note that the pattern calls for lining. What fabric do you use to line cotton? If I double the fabric, I think that would be too heavy. Any suggestions?

  15. Joanna Stec June 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    Hi Tasia, just wondering what your thoughts are on a slim cambie dress, but in full length?


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