It’s kind of amazing that I’ve made it this far in my sewing career without making a Cambie. I seriously have a stack of fabric about a foot high and at least a year old designated “good for a Cambie.” Needless to say, I’m pretty much in love with my Cambie. It has everything I love: a sweetheart neckline, cap sleeves, pockets, lining, and a gathered skirt.
Oh, and this one has owls on it.
O W L S !
I finished this little beauty up last weekend and have already worn it like 3 times. I won’t be stopping. Expect to see lots more on the Cambie front.
Now, for the bad:
I’m gonna be honest here. I’m not 100% thrilled with the fit. The bodice is too long, the neckline gapes, and there is weird bagginess under my bust. I’ve made some adjustments to the pattern for my next version (which is 50% done) but I’d love to hear your suggestions.
I also didn’t mach up my notches on the skirt correctly so the back is way more gathered than the back. Whatever, bustles are totally back in, right? Oh, and I didn’t cut my waistband correctly so it doesn’t match up perfectly.
Whatever. There are owls on it.
And, on to the good:
The fabric is fantastical. It’s really lightweight cotton that has an almost linen look and hand to it, so it’s going to be so perfect for summer.
My usual shoulder issues are non-existent. I graded down two sizes at the shoulders (where my over bust measurements lie), which really really helped. I’m thinking I may continue doing that it the future and hope it reduces the number of adjustments I need.
The invisible zip is my best ever and is so invisible I was worried I sewed too close to the teeth and zipper was done for. Oh, and the insides are soooooo pretty!
Finally, this is my Sew Dolly Clackett make. (Duhhhh) I’m hoping to crank out a couple more before the competition ends because I’m really, really enjoying myself.
|Would it be Dolly Clackett without a cool door??|
I’d also like to take a moment to thank the fabulous Roisin for getting married so that such a contest could be born! I have admired Roisin’s style (and 100% identified with it) since I discovered sewing blogs. Seriously. I think my boyfriend even knows who she is. The day I stumbled across her blog, I think it went something like “There are cowgirls on her dress, AND there are hearts on her shoes. Where has this girl been all my life?” When I first started sewing, I thought that using kitschy prints would make me look too home ec. Something clicked when I stumbled upon Dolly Clackett, and I bought lots of fun fabrics.
Then, I proceeded to let them sit in my stash for ages. For some reason, I think I just got caught up in the sewing “trends.” An indie company would put out a new pattern, and I would jump to make it. Eventually, I’d figure out the fitting and the fabric and finish it. I’d wear it once, and that would be it because I just didn’t like it.
Somewhere along the line, I started hoarding patterns and ended up with more than I need. Patterns for pants and skirts and jackets galore when all I ever wear in real life are dresses. Most of which, naturally, have a funny print on them and don’t fit well. I’ve always struggled to fit into store-bought woven dresses. For some reason, I always reach for them, though, because I like the fabric the dress is made of. I literally walk into a store and go “Look! There are _____ on that dress!”
|A close-up of my fabric, which needs a good press. PS there are dogs in hats on the lining of my coat.|
Maybe you’ve seen the disconnect there, but I’ve finally come full-circle thanks to Sew Dolly Clackett. Honestly. I looked in my closet on Friday night stressing out about what to wear, as one does, and for the first time ever my go-to was a handmade dress. It’s flattering, it fits, it’s comfortable, and there are OWLS on it. What could be better?
I’m done sewing what’s popular and buying every dress I see at the mall with birds on it. From now on, you’ll be seeing lots and lots of dresses with flowers and animals and dolls, and everything in between.
Mostly, though, you’ll just be seeing more of me. The moral of the story? I wish I’d had an excuse to Sew Dolly Clackett ages ago. I’m so much happier now!