Saturday, August 10, 2013

Minerva Blogger Network : First impressions Cambie dress

Pattern: Cambie dress by Sewaholic patterns

Size: size 6 for the bodice

Alterations: I straightened the front neckline, lowered the back neckline by 5 cm, replaced the skirt with a self-drafted half circle skirt.

Fabric: a beautiful cotton poplin courtesy of Minerva Crafts.

This is my first project for the Minerva Blogger Network, and as I wrote in my post over there, I'm a big believer in the importance of first impressions.
This adorable tape measure printed cotton poplin was just perfect for a colorful, fun summer dress that would immediately give a sense of my personal style.

In my post, I completely forgot to mention Roisin of Dolly Clackett, who also made a gorgeous dress using this fabric (but in another color). I guess great minds think alike? I can't help but be constantly inspired by her, I simply adore that woman and her style.

Anyway, this is my second Cambie dress (see my first here) and I'm still loving it, but this time I drafted a semi-circle skirt to make it even more feminine and swirly. More details on construction are in my post.

I was afraid this dress might have been a bit over the top after finishing, but after wearing it a bit and taking pictures, I just love it so much. It's very colorful and it definitely will make me stand out, two things I'm not super comfortable with, but it definitely makes a statement about my style and my personality, even. A success, then!

If you want to make this dress (or a similar one, if you don't have the pattern), you can purchase the kit here, in which you'll find everything you need: 3m of tape measure print fabric, a matching 18" (45 cm) dress zip and 4m of matching bias binding.

What do you think? Did I manage to leave a good first impression?

39 comments:

  1. a dream for every seamstress! a tape measure dress! i love it, and you are soooo beautiful in this colorful cuteness.

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  2. I love how it turned out! The fabric stands out and the semi-cirle skirts makes it a perfect fun Summer dress. *^o^* I love your shoes, too. ^^*~~
    I've just found your blog yesterday and I love your sewing creations!

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  3. i love this fabric! those colors look realy great on you.

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  4. Those colors look great on you! I love the dress, very pretty and your hair looks nice pulled back. Great outfit!

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  5. You look gorgeous in those colors! Wow. I see that everyone posting has said that so you know it must have a great impact. Great treatment of Cambie!

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  6. I want one!! Wow, this dress and those colours look stunning on you!

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  7. I love the crazy colourful fabric with the cute dress pattern! I have plans to make my own Cambie this month. I have fabric picked out. Just need to find some time now :)

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  8. Silvia - Sewing PrincessAugust 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Such a fun dress! It's good you dared with that print. And it's perfect for a seamstress!

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  9. I love it! I've been thinking about making a Cambie myself, this is more encouragement for me. Just found your blog recently through the Minerva network - what a great project!

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  10. So cute! It's a great summer sundress.

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  11. So amazing

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  12. LOVE your dress!! So cheerful and colorful, what a way to make a first impression. I totally see the roisin inspiration, she is an amazing lady and a great inspiration to us all.

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  13. Ahh I love this! When I bought my fabric it was with the intention of making a Cambie, I think it's a great fabric-pattern match. You look gorgeous in this! And your very kind comments made me blush - I feel just the same about your blog and your style x

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  14. yes! It's great! I love that your make-up matches, too. I saw this fabric is a shop in London today, it's so cute. Perfect for Cambie.

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  15. A Stitching OdysseyAugust 11, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    You've made more than a good impression Anna, this dress is so amazing! The shape with the circle skirt is very flattering and the print and colour of the fabric are perfect! Love it!

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  16. So bright and summery! Love this version, Anna! And I must say I really like the half circle skirt- it works perfect;y with the Cambie bodice!

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  17. AHHHHHH!!! So fabulous! I love this-- great job, girl!

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  18. I love this dress on you! I adore the fabric. I could never pull off this dress but you totally can, and I am wicked jealous. The colors are great!

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  19. Very pretty dress, I think you made a great first impression. I like how you swirled up the skirt to higher spin potential. :)

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  20. Loving it, looks great:)

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  21. www.thisblogisnotforyou.comAugust 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    This dress is super cute! Love this pattern and the fabric matches perfectly. Saw it on Goldhawk Road last week and am now thinking of getting it, too!

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  22. I also loved it pretty fabric and perfectly excecuted by you. I am totally impressed.

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  23. that fabric. those shoes. YOUR EYELINER!!! I SWOON!!!

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  24. The Nerdy SeamstressAugust 11, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I love that fabric and dress! I love it so much, I'm going to go over and buy it and make one myself! :) I love how you lined up the seam too! Amazing job! :)

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  25. This dress is pure fun! I adore it!

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  26. Oh it's beautiful, you look amazing! The Cambie is the perfect choice to showcase that amazing fabric. Love your shoes too. And your hair! x

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  27. When you put this vibrant and tongue in cheeky sewist dress on this epic beauty in such beautiful lighting..... *applause*.

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  28. Gosh, the fabric pattern is so playful! I love that there is a sense of humor to it. And, those colors... BAM! So fun!

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  29. Beautiful! Your fabric choice is really great, so colourful (and so fun), perfect for summertime and with your lipstick! :)

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  30. I really like what you've done with the pattern. I am so in awe of people who can personalize patterns like you've done. And that print! Perfect for a summer dress!

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  31. Really great first impression! I love the fabric you choose.. Very cute hello pic too!

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  32. This is so fun and you look amazing! These colors really suit you. Lovely sewing Anna!

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  33. I just love it and that fabric is to die for!

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  34. Great first dress for the network, Anna. I love this fabric, it's so fun but not over the top; it really works! The colours look great on you and I love the alterations.

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  35. cute cute! love the fabric and it works so well with the cambie. you look adorable (and can I also say that i'm loving the cool colored eyeliner!)

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  36. Hello, found this via a link on TSF. The fabric looks great in that style. You have done a really good job!

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  37. Questo vestito e' bellissimo. Ogni volta che vedo le cose che crei rimango senza parole e sono anche molto invidiosa! Sia il taglio che la stoffa sono stupendi!

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