Monday, 8 July 2013

Pink Flamingo Cambie Dress

It's been a really hard two weeks and I just couldn't put a blog together ... but things are much better now!

I can't believe I am still weaving ends in my jumper, it is just so boring!  And to make matters worse I also noticed I had used white (on the left)  instead of pink (on the right) on one of my sleeves.  It might not have been really noticeable but I would have known, so back it came ....

I was really pleased to find a vintage knitting pattern for £2 in a local shop must be at least 70 years old.

I've made a dress!  Yes the flamingo fabric has now become my very first dress.  I used Sewaholic's Cambie dress pattern.  This is a very popular pattern and I was inspired by Roisin's great versions to have a go myself. The pattern was straightforward and using the Sewaholic website for some extra tips it went together reasonable easily.    I made a muslin and finally settled on a size 10 (American size) with a little reduction.

This is a fully lined dress, so you have to make a second full dress out of lining and then put the two together.

The hardest part was lining the zip, but when I worked out you had to stretch the zip and material out again and stitch the lining to it, it all made sense. 
... and the effect is really neat!

Overall I'm really pleased.  The fit is great, most things went well (including the zip), the only disappointment is that the lining fabric is really fraying and so now it looks like I'm going to have to try and finish off all the lining seams which seems excessive when you have lined a dress.  Does anyone have any advice about suitable lining fabrics which won't do this?


I will definitely wear it, though I'm just a little worried that it might be a little young for a fifty-something. 

Next project is probably having a go at a dress for Dan and Gemma's wedding.  I have finally settled on a pattern

1950s Evening Dress Vintage Sewing Pattern Vogue S 4260 Full Skirt Cocktail Dress Shaped Neckline Bust 34 Womens Vintage Sewing Pattern

I found this on etsy in America.  What I didn't know is that when you buy something in America you have to pay customs - so having bought two patterns they ended up costing me and extra £18 in customs.  Real shame as there are so many more patterns and vintage crafty items available in the USA than here.  I'm thinking of the 3/4 sleeve version and I have 2 possible lots of fabric.  Delphinium satin backed crepe which was a good price at £5.99.

Delphinium Satin Back Crepe (Col 16)
or red shot taffeta which was only £3.99 a metre, a bargain! 
You can see it has a black sheen.  Which do you think would look the best! I had hoped to get a dressmaker to do this for me - but she may be too busy, so I may have to have a go!!  Watch this space!
Meanwhile the weather is great and the wild flowers spectacular
So there have been some lovely walks .... with a rest or two along the way.
And of course a fantastic end to Wimbledon!  Hope you are enjoying the sunshine wherever you are.


  1. Oooh definitely the taffeta - and then the black crepe! Well done on your dress - I must admit I thought the lining was the dress fabric at first so was relieved to see the lovely flamingo print at the end - it looks fab! Jane x

  2. Taffeta! The flamingo dress is a great fit and looks wonderful on you - you must wear it (def. not too young looking for you!)

  3. I absolutely LOVE your flamingo dress and no it's not too young for you, don't be daft, you look fabulous in it! The vogue dress patterns are gorgeous - i would say definitely the 3/4 sleeves and the taffeta..but the crepe is a very nice colour too. x