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Camí Dress Sew-Along 1 – Fabric inspiration
Let’s begin the Camí dress Sew-Along with the fabric selection.
The pattern specifies that you choose among cotton poplin, cotton sateen, linen, chambray, a cotton-silk blend or even a lightweight wool blend.
When buying your fabric, you should take into account the following points:
  • Are you going to make the short or 3/4 length sleeves? For the short sleeves version, a lighter fabric might be more appropriate for the warm weather and easier to pair with a cardigan later. If you intent to make the 3/4 sleeves, what about a chambray or flanel version to make the transition into the colder months.
  • You also want a fabric with a little of structure for the collar (and cuffs if you are making them). You are going to interface your fabric but imagine making your collar in chiffon… not great. But a cotton voile would be structured enough while still being very light, a nice compromise.
  • The skirt of the Camí dress is designed to be very full. I know that some of you are afraid gathers at the waist will add volume to that area. Using a lightweight fabric with a nice drape is the perfect way to still have volume at the hem but not at the waist. Stay away from stiff quilting cotton!
cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-1I love shopping for fabric! I have to admit that’s the only shopping I’m doing lately as I haven’t bought any clothes for at least 2 years (can’t say I’m saving any money though!). While designing the Camí dress, I came accross a few fabrics I thought would look nice and brought them back home.
You can also look at the dresses made by the pattern testers for fabric inspiration: part 1 and part 2.

 

cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-2This fabric I actually had before but I think it would look beautiful paired with the Camí dress pattern. It would make a very romantic dress. How about changing the shirt collar for a peter pan collar for a more 1950’s retro look? It’s a cotton poplin with a nice drape, a little bit of stretch and it’s very soft to the touch.

 

cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-3Gingham of course! There were 3 pattern testers versions made of gingham and they looked amazing. This one has bigger squares and would make such a cute summer dress with the short sleeves (very Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz!). There is a lot of variations possible: how about playing with the grainline for some pattern pieces? Or changing the skirt for a circle skirt?
cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-4With its basic dirndl skirt (2 rectangles gathered at the waist), the Camí dress allows you to play with borders. I found this white cotton-linen blend with blue flowers stripes and a larger stripe border that would look nice at the hem line. As a spring/summer version it would be so pretty and breathable, yet not too prone to wrinkle thanks to the cotton percentage.

 

cami-dress-sew-along-fabric-inspiration-pattern-5Finally, this is the fabric I am going to use for the Sew-Along. It’s a cotton fabric with little blue, red, yellow and green flowers. I will make the collar and cuffs in contrasting fabric: white cotton sateen. The one I have is a bit on the heavy side but it will do.
Let me know what fabric you are using.
Find the schedule of the Sew-Along here.

 

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Camí Dresses – Part 2
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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Camí dresses – part 1
Hello!
First, I would like to thank you so much for the warm welcome you gave the Camí dress pattern. It’s amazing and a dream come true for me. I am beyond happy! So THANKS SO MUCH!
Second, I thought I would show you the Camí dresses that were made by the pattern testers: they are amazing! Thank you girls! So here is the first part of the Camí testers dresses:
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Mari Cruz from Dedal, Aguja e hilo made a gorgeous purple gingham Camí dress with short sleeves. She decided to reduce the skirt width and it works so well like that! Can you see how the buttons match her shoes perfectly?
cami-dresses-part-1-2I just love the eyelet insert Sonia did on her version of the Camí dress! Go to her blog La Pequeña Aprendiz to see all the pretty pictures she took and look at the details of her dress. She also choose the short sleeves version (Spanish weather!) and used a beautiful coral pink cotton sateen.
cami-dresses-part-1-3Roisin from But it can’t be from Dolly Clackett also made a purple gingham version! Coincidence? I guess the pattern screams retro gingham fabric… It looks amazing on her! She went for the extra full skirt and I love it!
Be sure you check out their amazing versions and blogs! The other testers versions will come very soon for more inspiration.
And remember that the Camí dress pattern is available HERE!
Have a great week end!
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