Inspiration for The Dressmakers Ball- Elle at Sew Positivity.

In the run up to The Dressmakers Ball, we’re bringing you some inspiration and advice on making yourself the ball gown of your dreams!  You can go as complicated or as simple as you like for the ball- dresses in simple shapes offer the chance to really show off a fabulous fabric, while more complicated patterns offer a fun challenge to more confident sewers.  Whatever you chose to make and wear, we cant wait to see you in it!

Today we have Elle, from Sew Positivity sharing with us a dress review which she made recently for a wedding-


If you are looking for that illusive pattern that can be sewn up for casual day wear but adapted to make you look like Cinderella for partying in, then the Cambie is the holy grail. With its fitted bodice, beautiful sweetheart neckline, and flattering cap sleeves it will have your prince (or princess) charming completely blown away. It also has pockets in both views so you can stash your mobile so you don’t miss your pumpkin carriage.

Although the construction is fully lined don’t let this put you off if you are new to the technique. There is picture rich sewalong available of the Sewaholic blog to hold your hand, and you can always skip the skirt lining if you are using an opaque fabric. I personally love that the finished dress is as beautiful inside as out, which if you are sneaky like me can be worn as a reversible dress giving you the chance to do a quick outfit change mid party.

I have made 3 Cambie dresses with my Liberty lawn bodice and Stoff and Stil tulle skirt being my favourite. To create the lining I used view A and modified the pattern to remove the pockets and sewed it up in some beautiful molten silver satin. It is important to remember that the lining needed its right side facing outwards in this scenario as tulle is sheer and you don’t want visible seam lines.

Using skirt view B as a guide and layering shorter and shorter layers of tulle created the ombre tulle skirt. I used 9 layers of this soft swishy tulle and it makes me feel super special wherever I wear it.

Although View A can be sewn up in a verity of more structured wovens such as quilting cotton or even baby cord I very much suggest using fabric with drapey qualities for the view B skirt such as viscose, tulle or a silky cotton lawn.

Recommendation of fabric to sew it up in:

Stoff and stil soft tulle (colours used heather, rose and powder) 

Liberty tana lawn (Kevin in grey) 

Blue Cosmo spotted viscose from Crafty Sew & So

This review was originally published in Sew Now Magazine and has been used with permission.


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