The Slightly Less Sweet Cambie Dress, Finished!

Happy Monday, everyone! I’ve been trying to photograph the bird-and-flower Cambie Dress for ages. We’ve had nothing but rainy days! So when I saw a peek of sunshine during a mostly grey day, I ran outside to snap some photos.

This photo was my favourite of them all. Look at the storm cloud lurking in the background!

It’s hard to photograph anything when the weather constantly changes. I’d set the timer, and during the ten second countdown the sun would disappear. Better than being rained on though, right?

This is the dress where I changed the neckline from sweetheart to straight-across – here’s the tutorial if you missed it! On this very lightweight fabric, I prefer the straight neckline. There’s less chance of the neckline pulling away from the body. Plus the fabric is so sheer that the seam allowances show through, so all of the clips around the curves would show.

In the photo above, you can see the outline of the darts through the bodice. This would be a good place to use underlining! (Here’s a post on underlining if you plan to use sheer fabric for your Cambie Dress – and a couple more underlining posts too!)

The fabric is a lightweight cotton voile from Télio, lined with 100% cotton voile in a light ivory colour. (Shoes are from DSW in San Francisco when Mr Sewaholic and I were there four years ago. They come out for special occasions and photo shoots!)

Here’s a round-up of posts to help you make your Cambie Dress. (Get the pattern here.)

I’ve talked about this dress so often, it’s nice to see it finished! Have a great week, everyone!

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39 Responses to The Slightly Less Sweet Cambie Dress, Finished!

  1. Sonia June 18, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    Me encanta!!!, que bien te sienta el vestido con la tela elegida.
    Muy guapa

  2. Emilie June 18, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    So pretty! I love it!

  3. Michelle @ Little Peanut June 18, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I love it! I definitely like the look of the straight neckline even better than the original sweetheart neckline. And the fabric you chose is gorgeous!! Thanks for providing the tutorial for the change. I’m looking forward to picking up this pattern after I’m no longer pregnant or nursing. :)

  4. Annabelle June 18, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    What another great version of this dress. As usual, I adore your fabric choice and wish I could shop your stash :) – but since I can’t do that, at least you have your awesome new partnership so I can shop at Telio.

  5. irem - SewingYourStyle June 18, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Oh it is definitely NOT slightly less sweet! I love your style I love your photos! :)

  6. PanicaLab June 18, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    I love it!!!!!

  7. Brenda June 18, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Love the dress! Love the shoes!

  8. Miriam June 18, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    Amazing dress! And a great fabric!

  9. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) June 18, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Very pretty Tasia, lovely fabric. I just finished a Cambie with A-line skirt and straight neckline, and received so many compliments.

  10. Lynn Douglass June 18, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    So lovely! Thank you for showing the different neckline options!

  11. TMachan June 18, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I love this! I want my own!

  12. Fiona June 18, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Very pretty fabric!

  13. Katy June 18, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Gorgeous dress! This is my favourite version of yours!

  14. Ms. Jackie (of all trades) SpoolTeacher June 18, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Darling you, darling dress. Love the fabric. Nostalgic of the 70’s House of Fabrics.

  15. Sara June 18, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    So pretty! I cant wait for it to be summer in New Zealand so I can make myself one!!!

    • Lucy June 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      Why wait for summer? I made one anyway (I’m also in NZ), just made sure I wore it to dinner somewhere warm! Winter in the North Island is miserable enough without saving all the pretty, fun sewing till summer!

  16. Tasha June 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Gorgeous! That really looks like a fun and breezy dress for summer. Love the print and the squared neckline, too!

  17. Ginger June 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Gosh, this is sweet! Great job, gal!

  18. ANGELA A June 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    this is tooooo CUTE. I would have never thought to use that fabric. Great job!

  19. Dee June 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    love it! i like the way the straps are wide and gathered

  20. Adele June 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Gorgeous! Love that fabric.. makes me think of summer.. nothing but rain and thunderstorms around here for the last couple of days too!

  21. Alli June 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    awww cute! love your shoes too.

  22. LeAnn June 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    LOVE it!!! So pretty and summery!

  23. Agneta Olofsson June 18, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Cute dress and cute girl! :) Me too love the fabric! :)

  24. Lisbeth June 19, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    Thank you for sharing all your enthusiasme with us.
    I just recently found your blog, and saw this amasing dress pattern. I ordered it straigth away and now I am waiting for the postman.

    Best regards,
    Lisbeth, Denmark

  25. Nothy Lane June 19, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    This dress is really lovely, Tasia. Bravo!

  26. Roisin June 19, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    I love this, Tasia – I’m not very tempted to try a version with the neckline like this. I’m at the hemming stage of my third Cambie dress now! I like to make things in multiples, and I think this pattern is just so versatile. I really love it! x

    • Roisin June 19, 2012 at 3:50 am #

      D’oh. That should have said NOW very tempted. To clarify – I would like to sew a neckline like this because it’s lovely. Damn fingers! xx

  27. Thea June 19, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    Hi Tasia, the dress looks lovely! I’ve now got a fabric all ready to sew – it’s also slightly see-through, so my question is about the underlining. If I underline the top, would I still also make the lining? I’m just slightly confused by it… should have bought a non-see through fabric!
    My second question is more general – here in the UK, it doesn’t really seem to get that warm in the summer, so I’d like to use a lining that works with tights. Does cotton lining work for this? My sewing experience is still a bit limited, so some input would be greatly appreciated. Alternatively, could I make the lining out of two different fabrics, one for the top half, one for the bottom half so it doesn’t stick? (I like a cotton top). Or would it make more sense to line it all in a cotton, then wear a slip with it if it sticks? Or would that be too many layers?
    Either way, I can’t wait to make it and wear it! Not waiting for summer either – it might never make an appearance here, I’ve learnt the hard way…

    • Tasia June 19, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Hi Thea! Thank you, and let me answer your questions:

      If you underline it, yes you still make a lining. The underlining is a middle layer that goes between the lining and main fabric.

      And no, cotton lining isn’t great for wearing with tights. I’ll still do it when I want a dress to work in summer and winter, but if I feel really strongly that it needs to work with tights, I’d pick a slippery lining. You could wear a slip if you like, that would solve the sticky-cotton lining problem!

      And yes, you could make the top and bottom out of different fabrics! It’s totally up to you!

      Hope this helps and have fun putting your project together! It’s fun to think through all these little details to get everything exactly the way you want.

  28. Barbara June 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Its beautiful. Well done. Very inspiring. Thank you for all the extra information.

  29. Francesca June 30, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Hi Tasia
    I have just received the Cambie pattern – part of my growing collection of your patterns:)… next up the Lonsdale dress….. I have a question re bust size. When I use any of the Big Four patters, I use my high bust measurement, which is 36, rather than full bust, which is 37.5. What should I use for your dress patterns – and Pendrell :)?
    thanks in advance
    Francesca from Malta

  30. خياطة وتفصيل July 1, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    It looks beautiful! thank you so much :)

  31. Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns July 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Oh, it’s beautiful! What a perfect summer dress! I love the cap sleeves, and that floral print is just heavenly.

    Keep up the good work!

    Happy sewing,


  32. youseef August 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    so pretty…

  33. Lora August 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    I LOVE your cambie dress! I haven’t seen a dress as lovely in a long time. I’m glad you are venturing into making your own patterns. Your talent leaps from the pages. I think you bring back an element of “attractive” to patterns that has been missing for quite awhile. I’ve added a shortcut for your blog. I’ll be watching for more fetching garments! L

  34. Claire C October 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    I’m new to your site today, and I love the “Cambie Dress” and I so want to make it. Please please please tell me how to get a copy of the pattern. I have signed up to receive your newsletter so I will get everything while the news is fresh.


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