I bought the pattern and the fabric last year. I really loved this dress since I saw it but life and other projects got in the way and I did not make it until now. I used the Dolly Clackett sewalong as an excuse get me going but unfortunately I couldn’t get it all done by the date I should have. It doesn’t matter, I didn’t rush through its construction and it doesn’t have the typical flows due to rushing a handsewn.
I loved the fabric from the moment I saw it but I have to say that I liked it a lot more on the bolt than on me. It’s probably the beige, I’ve never thought it very flattering. I also doubted when I first tried the dress once done. I was not sure if it was my style, and because it took me almost three weeks to get it done and also because of my HIT, it feels a lot loser than it was meant to be. I’ve lost 5 kg in the last month and you can clearly see it in my clothes. Sadly I shouldn’t make any fitted garment right now because I hope I’m going to recover the weight I lost but you never know when and if it will happen. It’s a pity, because I wanted to make Gertie’s Bombshell Dress next month but I don’t know if I’ll be on a stable weight again by then.
Anyway, I was going to wear something else today, since I just left the house to buy some food and I thought this Cambie Dress was a little too much, but then I said, go to hell, and if I’m not 100% healthy, at least I should look fancy. So I wore the Cambie and my Miette cardigan and went to the supermarket and the bakery.
I bought these sandals two weeks ago. I was looking for comfortable and beautiful sandals for a while. I have horribly delicate feet and almost the only sandals I can wear for long periods of time to walk are my crocs. But then I found these online. I had two pairs of sandals of this brand when I was in my twenties. I remember the first day I wore one of those pairs. I had a fight at home (I don’t remember the reason) and left. I started walking and I couldn’t stop until I reached the beach. Let me tell you that the beach is 8 good km from my mother’s place. And I walked all that distance with my brand new sandals. Those were winners.
This ones are also ultra comfortable, although they will need a bit more of breaking in than those old sandals. And let me tell you their story. I ordered these in size 36 but the shop messed up. When I got them, the left sandal was a 35 and the right a 36. The 35 fitted me better. I’ve called the shop to explain their mistake and to say that I’d prefer the 35. A messenger came the next day to pick up the 36 and deliver the other shoe in 35. Wasn’t it nice?
Again to the dress. After wearing it today to run errands I totally changed my mind about it. It’s wonderfully comfortable, it’s classy and I think I would be very happy having more of this. The only changes I made to the size 4 was shortening the shoulders by 1 cm. The waist sits at the right place and I didn’t need to shorten the skirt. As I’ve said before just under the knee length is the perfect for me.
The print is quite large so I didn’t attempt to match it. I didn’t mess up sewing the zipper, so the waistband is well aligned. Good, since I’m not sure if I could have the strength to do this again. HIT makes me lazy, guys. The neckline gaped a bit but I fixed it by sewing a piece of twill tape on the inside. I just followed this tutorial. With my weight loss it still gapes a bit but I can live with it.
And did I mention how freaking awesome and comfortable this dress is?