Susan’s Cambie Dress

Susan from Knitters Delight (who knits and sews, don’t let the blog title fool you) made a lovely Cambie Dress during pattern testing!

See how gorgeous it looks on her, with more photos here! I love her version. It’s extremely chic, modern yet vintage-inspired. I’m a fan of obvious and loud prints, but I really like this abstract print in neutral, earthy-tones too! She’s not pear-shaped and yet, this dress pattern works wonderfully on her. I love that she’s smiling in her photos!

Already you can see how different my dresses, Scruffy Badger’s dresses, and Susan’s dress look – but they were all made using the same pattern!

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

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21 Responses to Susan’s Cambie Dress

  1. Amanda May 9, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    Hot stuff! Wow!

    • Tasia May 9, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      I know! I thought so too!

  2. Maureen May 9, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    I have some 50s/60s cotton fabric I’m going to use that is not a million miles away from this fabric – I love it!

    • Tasia May 9, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      That sounds great! I thought her fabric reminded me of a vintage print, both the style and the colours – and yet it looks very modern!

  3. Sara May 9, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    This photo makes me think that this dress would be cute with a bubble hem. I know they’ve almost fizzled out, syle-wise, but I still think they’re cute. Do you think you could do a tutorial on how to add a bubble-hem to this dress?

    • Tasia May 9, 2012 at 9:32 am #

      That would be an interesting variation! I probably won’t be able to put together a tutorial in time for you to use it, but I did a quick search to find one that looked useful:

      This is a kid’s dress but the concept is the same:
      http://www.creativekristi.com/faux-paperbag-waist-bubble-hem-pillowcase-dress/

      Another kiddie bubble skirt:
      http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2009/12/re-purposing-bubble-skirt.html

      The main concept is that the lining is cut way shorter and narrower than the skirt, then the skirt is gathered at the hemline, folded inside to meet the short narrow lining, and sewn in place.

      One thing to note – this skirt is VERY gathered. You might want to baste it first, to see if you even like the bubble hem or if it’s too exaggerated because of the fullness.

      Hope this helps!

      • Sara May 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

        Thank you, sweetie! I will check those out and listen to your words of caution.

  4. K-Line May 9, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    I’m so happy to see it on a woman with large breasts – helps me to relate to how it will work on me. Is it princess or darted? The pattern is obscuring my view of that… At any rate, this looks terrific.

    • Tasia May 9, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      It’s darted – there are vertical darts only but you could add a side bust dart with a FBA if you needed. Susan only added to the sides and length, not a complete FBA to get hers to fit.
      I know – that’s why I was excited to share her version! Completely different shape than me and yet it looks fabulous on her.

      • Annette May 9, 2012 at 11:03 am #

        I must agree. I wrote off this pattern for me since I’m not as young and slim as I used to be (though I love, love the design). It looks so fabulous on Susan! We don’t have the same body shape, but we share a full bust, so now I’m reconsidering the pattern for me… Why not!

    • Maureen May 9, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      I agree, Susan has a magnificent bust, as I do myself! The dress looks wonderful on her, it has filled me with confidence and I look forward to getting the pattern so much.

  5. Lynn Douglass May 9, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Susan looks quite sassy in that dress! You go, girl!

  6. Evie May 9, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    As I’m the complete opposite to a pear shape I’ve ordered this pattern thinking that it would still work for my body shape…I’m thrilled to see that it does. I hope mine turns out half as lovely.

    • Maureen May 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

      Me too Evie, I am an ‘inverted triangle’ and I think this will look well on that shape as it has lovely front bodice detail and two skirts that both give width to balance the wider upper body shape of the inverted triangle.

  7. Chris May 9, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Susan looks fabulous in her dress, love the material!

  8. Marloes May 9, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    I love the dresses I’ve seen so far and can’t wait to make one myself! On Sunday I bought some lovely fabric with this pattern in mind….

  9. Stephani May 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Wow, this is great to see. I ordered the Cambie pattern just last week after considering it for a while, because I’m not a pear shape–I’m more hourglass (ahem, with a little extra round the middle). But with a FBA, I think this will work just fine. And SO cute! Well done, Tasia and Susan!

  10. Nothy Lane May 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I love this dress too. It has style but it isn’t loud. The print is big but the dress is so flattering. I can’t wait to get my hands on the pattern!!! I love that Susan is smiling too. I like that you are featuring real women in these pattern-models/testers. I guess that is what is really great about the internet. Real people have taken more control of the media and we’ve improved it.
    Nothy Lane
    http://www.aftagley.blogspot.ca

  11. Esz May 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    This one is lovely too – YAY I love seeing everyone’s versions! Mine will be up this weekend. :-) And thanks for introducing me to a new blogger!

  12. Sassy T May 10, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Am not pear shaped and have a large bust, so it’s great to see the dress on Susan. Normaslly I would just dismiss such a dress for my shape lol.

  13. neeno May 11, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    Fabric is awesome and the dress looks wonderful! That’s the full skirt view isn’t it? Love it!

    I made a dress yesterday with a loud print and full skirt too and I really love the full skirt.

    This Cambie dress should definitely join my collection because I am yet to sew a sweetheart neck line!

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