I am finally back at uni after a looong Christmas holiday (four weeks!) and thought I would finally share with you a bit of what I've been sewing over the festive season in my breaks between essay writing and exam revision.
First up is my absolute favourite...
A navy Cambie! Is there anything better? The Cambie from Sewaholic is my favourite dress pattern of all time (yes, even more than the BHL Anna!) and I loved making this version. I think I made it up a size too big as I had to take the side seams in lot, but it fits great now and I wore it on Christmas Day :)
Second is another Cambie - once I'd finished the first I immediately cut out the second!
The fabric for this dress is so cute! Tiny sprays of flowers all over, on navy! Yes... I do think I have an obsession with navy, but all my clothes match so I'm not complaining. I really love the way this dress looks on me, especially with one of my lovely woolley cardigans.
Originally I was going to make the Cambie with some totally gorgeous Liberty Tana Lawn I picked up the last time I was in London. However, not wanting to cut straight into that, I thought it better to have a couple of practice runs first! I hate making toiles, so if I'm using a pattern I think could cause some complications I usually use cheaper, less valuable fabric that I pick up from Abakhan to have a go on before using anything more expensive. That way if it goes totally wrong it's not the end of the world, but if everything goes ok I have a new dress!
Luckily these two came out great, so I'll have three gorgeous Cambies to wear through the rest of the winter months by the time I'm finished :)
Last up is something completely different...
This was my first time using velvet and I decided to go for the Renfrew t shirt pattern from Sewaholic. I just shortened the bodice and added a slightly gathered skirt to make the babydoll dress, and aside from the neckband (which took three attempts)... this came together really easily!
I haven't worn it out anywhere yet, not because I don't like it but because I am struggling to find a matching cardigan! I hardly ever wear my dresses without a cardigan on top in winter, so I think I'll have to wait until spring starts to arrive before this sees any wear. I loved working with a new fabric type though and am really glad I was brave enough to branch out from my comfort zone and experiment.