Sewaholic 1202, Cambie, view A. Fitted, lined dress features a sweetheart neckline, darted bodice and extended cap sleeves with slim A-line or full gathered skirt.
Fashion Fabric: Royal Blue Suiting (97% poly/3% lycra) from Fashion Fabrics Club.
Lining: Blue China Silk purchased by my brother in Hong Kong when he was in the Navy. (Originally, I had made this farbic into a dress (OOP, McCalls 9396) back in the late 90s. It hasn’t fit in a while so I took it apart to use as lining fabric.)
Hand picked back zipper, stay tape neckline, with French & Hong Kong Finished Seams.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were finished sewing? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the pockets since I’m not a pocket kind of gal. I left in the waist band (even though I think it’s an odd concept for a dress) and lengthened the bodice pieces by 1/2 inch (I don’t have long legs but I am very long waisted for being such a shorty.)
The pattern calls for the dress to be fully lined. I decided to line it only to the waist for two reasons. A) I always wear a half slip with my dresses. B) The only way I could use the silk as lining fabric would be by lining only the bodice & sleeves.
And with this Sewaholic pattern I cut a straight size 10. Previously when I sewed the Lonsdale I cut a zero on the bodice and a 10 or 12 for the skirt.
Wear again? Yes.
Sew again? Yes. This is a wearable muslin. I intend to make view B with a blue/white floral print (surprise, surprise).
Recommend to others? Yes.
Thoughts: Another win by Tasia & Sewaholic Patterns. This is a fantastic dress pattern. Easy to sew, provides nice coverage for either a work or casual dress.
After wearing this out for my 40th birthday dinner in January, I’ve decided to shorten it a bit and take up the sleeves by 1 inch – there are a lot of wrinkles in the back.
Don’t you think it looks better with the sleeves pinned up?
Also, I am going to try a straight neckline instead of the sweetheart. Check out Tasia’s Sewaholic Slightly Less Sweet Cambie tutorial.