As promised, here are more pictures of my finished eyelet Cambie:
Check out the pattern matching on the back! I wasn't even trying! I think I just got lucky because I took so much care to keep the fabric on grain when cutting out the pattern pieces.
Action shot. I tried to style this with my red belt, but I think it's a bit too wide for this dress. Oh well, this just gives me an excuse to buy/make something that works better.
I used Sewaholic's Cambie pattern, View B. The fabric is the fabulous navy eyelet that I purchased from Britex on a recent trip to San Francisco. I used the solid selvage edge of the eyelet for the waist band. The underlining and bodice lining were mystery polyester/synthetic blends purchased from Jo-Ann's
I cut out a size 6 and graded the pattern to a size 8 at the waist. I also made a swayback adjustment, which is standard for me on most dress patterns, and took in the upper back shoulder about an inch. The pattern looks kind of crazy, but it works for me.
I underlined the eyelet fabric and only added lining to the bodice. I omitted the skirt lining because I worried that the dress was
becoming too bulky. I decided that the fabric was opaque enough with the
underlining to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.
A change that I did not make intentionally - at one point my mind decided to take a vacation and I switched some of my seam allowances from 1.5cm to 2cm. It wasn't by design, but that's why this Cambie is a bit tighter than my first one and why the waistband is narrower than it should be.
Final thoughts? I love the dress. I still wish I had used a lighter weight fabric with more drape for the underlining to avoid the extra bulk at the waist, but I'll get used to it :) Knowing me, I'd do it again because it was the exact color fabric that I wanted.
This officially means I can cross another project off of "The List"!