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This dress have been waiting almost 1 year to be made! From the day I bought the fabric on sales last summer to last week when I finally stitched the last button, I knew exactly this blue floral border print would make a great Camí dress (even if at the time the Camí pattern didn’t even have a name, it was just a sketch).
I’m glad I made it as it’s a great summer dress. I wore it to the sea shore last weekend and it was perfect for the weather.
Camí dress in blue floral
1aI had some fun with the floral stripes and decided to use them verticaly on the bodice (to follow the button placket) and horizontaly on the skirt and sleeves to use the larger border for the hem.
I found some exemple on Pinterest (I even considered a chevron pattern but didn’t know where to place it).
3a4aAnd some behind-the-scene picture for fun (making sure I don’t have lipstick on my teeth before the photo):



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I’ve never been an animal print fan, but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants! And my heart was wanting a leopard print coat so that my inner Cruella Devil could be satisfied.

Cruella-Devil-sewing-pattern-2I found the fabric in my usual fabric store, Julián López. It was on sales but still a little bit pricey, but I really liked the light
background and the furry touch. It was easy to work with as the wrong side is very similar to linen but the whole house was full of hairs for the next few days… (and I have a sewingroom so imagine!).

I chose a bright blue lining to contrast with the leopard.


As the fabric was bold enough on its own for me, I decided to use a very classic coat pattern: Burdastyle #101 from 08/2012.
It’s a good pattern: I just enlarged the collar and shortened the coat. I didn’t make any buttonholes for the moment as I wasn’t sure which one to use, but I might keep it buttonless as I like better open.
I’ve already worn it quite a lot as the weather is perfect for a light coat.
It adds interest to an otherwise simple and casual look like this one.
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variation-ninot-coat-sewing-pattern-1 I wanted to experiment with the new Ninot Jacket Pattern while designing it and as a swing coat was on my Fall/Winter sewing plan, I made a coat out of the jacket pattern!
It was super easy: just lengthen the jacket side seams to the desired length!


J’ai réalisé le manteau dans un piqué de coton bleu vif et je l’ai doublé avec une doublure vert pomme. Les boutons sont super jolis, on dirait des bijoux!
Maintenant vous savez que la veste peut se transformer sans problème en un joli manteau, ce message est dirigé aux frileuses 😉
The jewel button, handmade buttonhole and a detail of the textured piqué fabric.


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Here is the 2nd part of the Camí dresses made by the pattern testers (and one very fast-sewing buyer). It’s so great to see the different styles everyone of them chose according to her personality. I hope they will inspire you to make your own Camí dress!


cami-dresses-part-2-1Isa from Onlylola made such a cute version: navy fabric with small white polka dots and red buttons! Hello Sailor! Isn’t she beautiful?


cami-dresses-part-2-2Lisa’s version is more classic in a blue cotton (go see the fabric detail on her blog Small Things, there are some little textured dots on the fabric: so pretty!). She was brave enough to test the 3/4 long sleeve version with cuffs and she made a wonderful job!
cami-dresses-part-2-3I think gingham was a perfect match for the Camí dress as Adrienne also used this fabric! But her’s blue! You can see her beautiful dress on her blog All Style and All Substance.


cami-dresses-part-2-4I thought I would also show you Inge’s version. She bought the pattern at the beginning of last week and posted the results on twitter 2 days ago. How fast does she sew? And how cute is she? I love how she made a classic black dress but used green buttons and green topstitching to brighten it! Check out her blog for more pictures.
I have been taking pictures of the sewing steps of the Camí dress. I am planning on making a step-by-step tutorial with photos so that anyone who purchased the pattern can follow the instructions and the blog tutorial for extra information. And it might also reassure some of you about the techniques involved (shirt collar, cuffs, button placket…). I hope it will be useful!
And right now I am drafting and making muslins for the red jacket and dress I am making for my cousin’s wedding (less than a month now, I should hurry). The jacket is starting to look nice.
Have a nice week!


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