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Monday, June 20, 2016

More summer sewing! The Cameron Dress by SA X 2!

I just love the look of this pattern and knew it would be a winner the moment I laid eyes on it!  It looks not only polished but also mega comfortable and I consider that to be a pattern worth repeating!

This dress is simply described like this: Winter or summer, knit or woven, this is a great pull on dress.  The full-wrap skirt allows you to wear this dress with confidence.  Make it with a long sleeve in a beautiful sweater knit for the colder days or a silk for summer sleeveless dress.  

               

I like the length of this dress.  It isn't a quite a maxi but just a nice length.  Keep in mind that I am 5'7" so if you are taller or shorter, you may want to play with the length.  

               

I like how much extra fabric there is to create the blousing effect.  No belt is required!

               

When DH takes pictures, he just holds the button down and I get about 85 photos.  Some of the ones where I am clearly not ready show the oddest expressions on my face--like this one above!

              

You can tell from the photos above that there is no gaping at the armholes so no bra shows!  

               


 On SA's site it is also described as an on trend pull on dress with an elastic waist, wrap skirt and interesting hemline.  

                   

Here is a peek at the waistline casing from the garment right side.  

                  

I usually make a size 12 with SA's pattern and this was no exception.  SA's patterns fit me so well and I have very few alterations.  For this dress, I made an FBA and a slight sloping shoulder adjustment. I love it when I don't have to work very hard to get a good result!

                 
                

My first version was out of this lace that I lined with tricot everywhere except the neck and armhole bands.  I simply cut out each fabric separately and then treated the two pieces as one making a lace that doesn't require a slip--just make sure you are wearing neutral or skin colored undergarments!  

                 

For my second version, I had this knit from Fabric.com and was waiting for a fun but simple dress I could wear in warm months.  I knew this pattern would work!  I love how the graphic design gives it a sort of funky vibe which is in direct contrast to the lace.  

                  

I love these dresses.  The pattern is extremely well drafted and goes together quickly but has some nice details that don't make it appear to be a super fast make.  I like the split back bodice with the button and loop closure where both sides of the seam are top stitched.   I love the neck and sleeve bands--they are drafted beautifully and go on the garment well for a great looking result.  

                 

You can see how I made the neckline split diffrerent on the black version.  The pattern calls for one button and loop, but for the black version, I thought it would be fun to make the slit a little lower and add three buttons.  

                    

Something to keep in mind is that the wrong side of the skirt will show along with the hem so take your time with that so it looks professional.  For the black dress, I used a twin needle and for the ivory dress, I used a single needle with a triple stretch stitch to finish them off.  I pressed before hemming so the folded portion of the garment was even and smooth on the inside.  Don't take shortcuts when it comes to pressing, it makes such a difference in the end!

                   

My dog Lucy, is very interested in the squirrel that is in the tree above.  

                 

I promise I am not trying to show you anything inappropriate but just how much this dress wraps over in the front, so it is very modest.  :)


I love my new dresses!  I hope you are making some cool and comfortable dresses to wear where you live!  I'd love to know which patterns you are using right now!

Thanks for reading and I love reading your comments!
Sue :)    

22 comments:

  1. Cute dresses! I bought this pattern during one of SA's PDF sales, so I am glad to know it's a winner!

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    1. Oh I hope you like it Meg! I too purchased it when they had a PDF sale on Etsy. It wasn't too bad to tape together!

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  2. Sue, these look great on you. What fun and cool summer dresses.

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  3. Beautiful dresses, and our husbands take pictures the same way.

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  4. Beautiful dresses, and our husbands take pictures the same way.

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  5. Love both dresses - great pattern review !

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  6. Very elegant dresses, beautiful - and your dog is definitely talented model :)

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    1. Thank you Jitka, and she is a great model, isn't she?

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  7. This looks like a great pattern Sue. I love your lace version.

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    1. Thank you Jean! I really like the lace as well!

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  8. Fantastic Sue! I really love that print; the pink pops!

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    1. Thanks Nakisha! :) I picked this print especially for the pop of pink!

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  9. This is a great style on you, Sue. I like both dresses a lot. And as always, love your jewelry too!

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    1. Thank you Ann! This dress just feels good to wear! And about my jewelry, I love to shop for it! Sometimes I purchase a necklace just to compliment a dress I am making!

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  10. You look great in these and I like your fabric choices. Time to give this pattern a try!

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    1. Thank you Charlotte! I hope you'll try this pattern. It is so well done and this is such a comfortable and fun dress to wear!

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