Black & Green Cambie dress

I’m a bit late to the party, but I still wanted to show off a few pictures of my most recent dress, a Sewaholic Cambie.

Sewaholic cambie dress

This dress was actually meant to be a test run for me, with a more summery version sewn up in cotton lawn as my final dress. But I liked the black eyelet fabric way more than I expected to, and the dress just fit so well without having to make any changes that I cut out a (lime green!) lining and finished it up. And I love it.

Tasia of Sewaholic is building quite the impressive line of patterns. She’s also a lady who loves her bike, and a fellow Northwesterner (Vancouver BC), which means that although I’ve never met her I think I can safely assume she’s A-OK. The only pattern she mentions being specifically inspired by cycling is the Minoru Jacket, but it’s clear the Cambie is bike friendly.

(I have the Minoru pattern, too, but I never got around to sewing it back when I needed it, and now it’s–cross your fingers–getting too warm. Look for notes about it come fall. Or next week, if “June-uary” continues to rear its ugly head.)

Her printed pattern directions are spare, like all patterns are, but she’s mediated that by turning her blog into a fabulous resource, and she’s very open to answering any questions you might have in comments and with really detailed tutorials.

In fact, she’s done sew-alongs of many of her other patterns (including a one of the Minoru Jacket which I tend to take full advantage of when I finally get around to sewing my own), so if you’re a beginning sewist looking to learn some new skills, I’d heartily recommend checking out one of Sewaholic’s patterns.

I sewed view A, because I prefer a more fitted look. The one caveat I’d have is that Tasia describes her patterns as “for pear-shaped women.” I’m not one, particularly, so I graded down a few sizes at the hips and everything fit fantastically.

The best thing about this dress (other than how well it fits and how many compliments I get wearing it) is the pockets.

Sewaholic Cambie

I think we can all agree that dresses with well-done pockets are seriously hard to come by. Cambie View A has these great deep slash pockets, while View B has onseam pockets. The slash pockets are deep enough that I don’t worry about things falling out, but I think on my next dress I’ll sew zippers into them just to make doubly sure when I’m on my bike. One can’t be too safe.

Speaking of zippers, I just couldn’t resist matching my back zipper to the lining fabric.

Sewaholic Cambie

It’s the other other best thing about this dress.

Go forth and make yourself one.

13 thoughts on “Black & Green Cambie dress

    • It’s a lot of fun, and not as hard as it looks if you’ve got a mind for detail. I think you’d do great if you ever felt like you needed another time-consuming hobby. 🙂

  1. Love this version! I’m amazed at how versatile Tasia’s patterns are. The green (and that great zipper) are the perfect foil for the black eyelet, and the dress looks wonderful on you. (That skirt could hide biking shorts, too, for those of us who ride long distances . . . hmm, I’m feeling inspired!)

    • Thanks for the kind words! The A-line skirt on view A definitely has enough ease to be good for bike riding, and the full gathered skirt on view B would be no problem at all. The one concern I’d have with biking would be that if your position is at all forward then you’ll be showing a fair amount of cleavage with the sweetheart neckline. I might try making an unlined knit version with a straight-across neckline to see how that works as a more sporty cycling dress. And I’ve got just the fabric. Will report back.

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  4. Love it! I’m just starting my first Cambie dress (view B) — just started cutting the pieces out, so I’ve googled “cambie dress” to see what others have done. The colors are great. I’m a very new sewer, so I wouldn’t have thought to use the eyelet fabric.

    • Thanks, Danielle!

      I hadn’t thought to use eyelet either–I actually was just going to use it to make a muslin to test the fit. It fit so well that I decided to line it with something fun and call it a dress!

      Good luck, I hope you like your new Cambie.

      • Thanks! I’ve had everything for a while, I’ve just been nervous to cut the pattern pieces in case I did it wrong! haha but I finally sucked it up and dove in!

        And then I got stuck..I’m just about to send a message to Tasia, but perhaps you can tell me what you did?

        In the instructions for cutting 44″ wide fabric for View B, I saw that pieces 3 & 8 are laid out differently on the fabric and it looks like the grainlines on the pattern pieces are perpendicular to the fold/selvedge (rather than parallel). How did you lay the pieces out?

        • Hmm. So, this is totally just my thoughts, but I figure that the grain line “north south” is the same as the grain line “east west”, structurally. If that makes sense. Essentially, the fabric will behave differently if you cut your piece off-grain, but I don’t think it matters whether you’re counting grain as the warp or weft thread of the fabric. Does that make sense?

          Of course, if your fabric has a directional pattern or striping (like corduroy), or if it has a nap that looks different depending on which way the light hits it, you want to make sure all your pieces are going the same direction.

          Let me know if I can clarify that any more!

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