Sew Dolly Clackett Contest – My Pink Cambie Dress

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This is my entry for the Sew Dolly Clackett contest. The lovely Roisin and Nic are getting married this year and in order to help them celebrate, albeit remotely, Rhinestones and Telephones suggested we make a dress that celebrates the spirit of Dolly Clackett. She set up a competition with cool prizes and it is open until 23 April. Here’s my contribution!

How best to sum up the spirit of one of my favourite sewing bloggers? Irreverent. Colourful. With a bulging wardrobe, a fondness for quilting cottons, an impressive knowledge of popular culture from Kate Bush classics to every episode of Morse. You know what, though? I’m not entirely convinced she’s a fan of pink. And this dress is PINK. But heck, this screamingly outrageous fabric was in my stash and I decided Roisin would forgive me if this most divisive of colours really did make her want to spit.

Do you recognise the pattern? It’s Sewaholic’s Cambie dress, with a small adjustment of the sweetheart neckline, which I find gapes.  I’m still not 100 per cent happy with the adjusted neckline. It could do with half an inch pinching out. In fact, now I come to think about it, I am fairly sure I once passed on a tip from Mrs C to Roisin about the fix for gaping necklines. Something to do with twill tape? Someone, help me!

But heck. What ya gonna do? Between that and the bust darts that could end half an inch lower, this dress isn’t quite perfect. The fabric doesn’t help. Pretty though it is, it’s that sticky type of cotton that wants to hold on to a crease and is just a bit unhelpful. I lined it in white acetate as I really didn’t think a lawn lining was going to help the stickiness factor.

Cambie Collage.jpgDespite the trickiness of the cotton, I really enjoyed this sewing process. It was so much fun! I was fairly determined to rise to the challenge of pattern matching and am particularly proud of my waistband.

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Though one inhabitant of Didyoumakethat Towers seemed less than impressed.

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It’s my hope that this dress can be worn in the summer, with my face turned to the sun, sitting in a rowing boat (with someone else rowing, like, obviously), and maybe I’ll be eating one of these…

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But my greatest hope is that Roisin and Nic enjoy a very special day together this year, that they continue to fill the world with laughter and warmth. Well, I know Roisin will. I’ve never actually met Nic. Maybe he’s a total loser! Though I doubt it.

Happy, happy wedding to come, my friends! Gonna be serving ice lollies?



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48 Responses to Sew Dolly Clackett Contest – My Pink Cambie Dress

  1. Jacq says:

    Hat’s off for your pattern matching waistband! I hope you get many sunny days this summer that are just perfect for you dress wearing scenario 🙂

  2. Jane says:

    Beautiful! And a worthy entry to the Dolly Clackett comp – she’s got a very soft spot for the Cambie dress. Love the picture of Ella sulking! X

  3. Maryall says:

    The dress is lovely, and it is perfect for summer! 🙂

  4. Aussiegirl says:

    Tee hee. Your vision of the Summer scenario has me remembering a funny episode of “Black Books” where Dylan Moran’s character, Bernard, was (uncharacteristically) longing for a girlfriend to spend Summer days with. He kept referring to this non-existent girlfriend as his “Summergirl”!
    That aside, as always your work is impressive – such neat lining! 🙂

  5. sewlaurasew says:

    Wow – waistband? What waistband? It wasn’t until my second flick through until I realised there was even a waistband there. Beautiful pattern matching. 🙂

    • Tilly Buttons says:

      What she said. I was like, “What, she matched up some pink fabric at the seams? Oh wait, there’s another seam line in the middle of those bows!” Lovely dress, and pink looks gorgeous on you, BTW. I’m sure Roisin will be proud. xx

  6. Birgit says:

    Very pretty! I really like the fabric 🙂

  7. Jacqueline says:

    The dress looks *fabulous* on you! The fabric is fun, and the sewn into this dress, the look is so fresh….! (Great choice of necklace, too…)

  8. Love this dress, Karen. I’d say it’s more coral than pink. Love the bows and high five for great pattern matching

  9. I like pink! I like bows, I like Cambie, I like ice-lollies, I like doggies. Most of all, though, I like YOU. You’re a lovely friend, Karen, and I’m proud to know you and I love this dress.

    There may well be ice-lollies at the wedding. And Nic IS kind of a loser, but so am I. It’s what makes us such a good couple 😀

  10. Gorgeous! Fab colour – and I also can’t get over your brilliant seam matching!

  11. Suzie says:

    Super cute fabric, and super amazing pattern matching skills!
    I’m really craving an ice lolly now…

  12. B & the Moon says:

    I heartily second these comments…your pattern matching is top drawer and wonderful to see (I’m such a stickler for pattern matching!)…I wouldn’t worry too much about the dogs opinion, mine rarely appreciate the excellent things I create either…philistines…they are adorable though…

  13. Amy Beeton says:

    kudos on that waistband! Everything about this dress is perfect on you. It looks lovely the colour suits you so well.

  14. Fadanista says:

    Wow, but WOW! That fabric is so much fun, and I can’t even comment on the pattern matching – it’s stellar! Also love the styling with the icy pole (iced lolly to you!).

  15. Marianne says:

    Ella is not unimpressed. That look says: ‘ Tsss, another dress for you, while I am wearing that same little furry black dress every day!’ Hop over to By Hand London and make her the new Mittens skirt, preferably today. Just don’t tell her it was designed for cats.

  16. Molly says:

    That’s one fabulous dress! I think the fit and style looks great whatever you say is “imperfect” about it. I just used a neck stay on a dress I made at the weekend – its camisole style and for a little girl so it needed help “staying up”. All sorts of narrow 1/4″ tape can be used: twill tape/grosgrain ribbon/seam tape (straight edges, knits), bias tape/stay tape (curved edges), silk organza strips, elastic… If its thick, I catch it in the seamline, if its sheer/thin I centre it over the seamline and grade it. I like the extra definition and wear resistance it adds besides support.

    • maddie says:

      Yes! You can use these types of tapes to fix the gaping neck. Cut it 1/4″ shorter than the length of the neckline and ease the excess in, just like the roll line on a collar.

  17. Barbara says:

    Awesome pattern matching, a very pretty dress and lovely colour for summer.

  18. S says:

    Wow! Nice work on the pattern matching. The fabric and colour are sweet on you. I am awaiting some navy polka-dot cotton with which I will make another Cambie, though I also need to work on the neckline a bit.

  19. beebeesvintagedress says:

    Oh good lord Karen that pattern matching is EPIC! I really like the dress on you. Totally perfect for summery days. x

  20. oonaballoona says:

    that waistband is mind blowing…

  21. Becky says:

    I think this dress is lovely, and it looks great on you! Great job! Ice lollies? Over here, they are popsicles, but I might like to call them ice lollies better.

  22. Zoë says:

    Amazing pattern matching! The inside is as gorgeous as the outside 🙂

  23. goodness what excellent pattern matching, impressive. very pretty for summer.

  24. Candie says:

    Wow, what a beautiful dress! From the fabric, to the pattern matching to the finishing. Great job!

  25. Debbie James says:

    What a terrific dress with great attention to detail. I too love the fabric, roll on summer!

  26. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous dress! My eye went straight to the waistline print matching. Well done!

  27. Kate says:

    Love the colour. I’m having a real coral moment right now.

  28. Rebecca says:

    Lovely dress! Love the print & color- such a fun spring look!

  29. Oh, it is just lovely. Bows and bubblegum pink are a winning combination. Be sure to tell that to Ella…

  30. SarahStar says:

    I am bowing in awe to your pattern-matching!! What a corker! 🙂

  31. myrosesindecember says:

    What a darling dress. The fabric is perfect for summer. (I prefer your skirt version to the other, fuller one.) Here is a Pinterest posting about fixing a gaping neckline. There is another on Gertie’s blog.
    Hope this helps.

  32. stgilbert says:

    Hooray, you are the Queen of Pattern Matching! What a fabulous dress!

  33. emcclure2010 says:

    OMG! I have that fabric but in mint! I bought it from Gertie last year and I have been so unsure about how to make it into a garment. I am super stoked to see you use it and make it look so good!

  34. Ruth says:

    Lovely dress! I’ve been sewing up my Sew Dolly Clackett dress this week and was pretty pleased with my pattern matching, but I thinks yours beats mine!

  35. Can I get a woot woot on the pattern matching! This dress is lovely. I think it’s construction has brought Spring to b town and thought that I am eternally grateful 🙂 Ooh and now I want an ice lolly too.

  36. Cute! You’ve done Roisin proud, I know she loves the Cambie!
    Having met Nic I can vouch for the fact that he is not a loser 😉

  37. Lucym808 says:

    Love it. I think everyone who enters this contest should crash the wedding wearing the dresses. I’ll wear one of the ones Roisin has made for me (not a Cambie I think, so I’ll just choose the one I love most – she knows which it is…).

  38. Colleen says:

    So funny. I have that fabric and now I want to imitate you. I was going to imitate one of Roison’s lovely Anna’s but I love the Cambie so so much! You look incredible in that — just stunning!

  39. Oh Karen, I adore it! I’ve been obsessed with bow prints lately but sadly haven’t found any. And that one is just stupendous! You do Roisin proud for sure. 🙂

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  41. Kathy Brosnan says:

    Love, love, love the dress…

  42. Kat says:

    Claire Schaeffer also suggests doing a row of catch stitches and then threading an elastic through it like a casing then sew down the elastic when you get the desired effect. Cool because you can adjust it too!

  43. Sally says:

    This is really cute!!! I have the same exact fabric in mint instead of pink, that I made up about a month ago using Simplicity 2444. It really works well as a Cambie too! And ice lollies is a way more awesome way to say (what we call) popsicles – learn something new every day 🙂

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