Laura Mae’s Cambie Dress

I’m a big fan of Laura Mae’s sewing projects. Have you seen her gorgeous vintage creations? This one is my favourite – so much work!

So I was really excited to have her as a pattern tester for the Cambie Dress. I was looking forward to see what she made, and here it is!

See more on her blog here, Lilacs and Lace, and read about her experience with the pattern. Check out the green polka-dot fabric she used as bodice lining!

In her notes, she makes a good point about how the A-line version doesn’t use a lot of fabric, as compared to the gathered skirt version or other dress patterns. Great for using up summery fabrics from your fabric stash! (Of course, you can always treat yourself to something new, too.)

Thanks, Laura Mae for being a pattern tester!

See more Cambie Dresses here! (Get the pattern here.)

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12 Responses to Laura Mae’s Cambie Dress

  1. Kate May 28, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    Oh! It’s so elegant!

    Can’t wait to find the pattern in my (snail)mailbox..

  2. Nothy Lane May 28, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    I just got my Cambrie pattern and I have some lovely silk pulled from my stash. I am a bit confused on what to line it with – I was thinking a very thin cotton? What do you suggest?


  3. Ginger May 28, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    So, so cute! I love this!

  4. Funnygrrl May 28, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    This dress is so flattering on so many different women. I can’t wait to make mine.

  5. Fiona May 28, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Absolutely stunning! That one is my favourite cambie yet, those two fabrics are just up my street. I can’t wait to make mine.

  6. Suzanne May 28, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I’m a beginning sewer, and I have a question. I’ve gotten to step 13 and have done the dress part, and now I’m starting the lining. The instructions don’t have me cut out a lining waistband (part 10). Am I using the real fabric for the lining waistband, or am I just supposed to cut one out anyway? Am I supposed to interface the lining waistband too? The instructions say to follow all the directions for the dress except for pockets, zipper, and gathering, which means that I am supposed to interface it. But it just seems like a lot of bulk to have two interfaced fabric waistbands???

    • Lucy May 29, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      I haven’t started my Cambie yet, but I’ve made the Lonsdale (which is constructed basically the same from the waist down), and if I remember rightly, yes, you did interface both waistbands. It gives it structure and stability inside and out – helpful when you’re sitting down :-) It won’t add much bulk, unless you’re using a really heavy interfacing, in which case you may want to look at a lighter one! And by the looks of it, the main fabric waistband will show inside too. That’s what you’d attach your lining pieces to.

  7. Sassy T May 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Extremely pretty. A romantic dreamy print.

  8. Deidre May 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    I am just returning to sewing after 35 yrs. I love the Cambrie dress, but is it suitable for an apple shape. I haven’t been able to get rid of my stomach since my hysterectory at age 39,I’m now in my 60’s. All the exercise in the world hasn’t helped.

  9. B.J. Moore May 28, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Ive spent lots of time reviewing this lady’s site and her talent for sewing and style for wearing “vintishesq” clothing. She is a stunning beauty for a model and quite honestly, makes me terribly jealous I wasn’t born to have any length to my legs.
    Well done both of you!

  10. Laura Mae May 28, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Thank you again, Tasia, for the opportunity to test this pattern. The dress has already been worn quite a few times, and it will definitely be a go-to this summer. I believe I will have to make another just so it doesn’t wear out too quickly!

    Congratulations on creating yet another fabulous pattern. And I cannot wait to see what is next!

  11. darrell rivers July 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    This looks so lovely! I’ve purchased the pattern and made the cambie up for myself. To see my results check out the blog
    Hope it makes you smile!