A Christmas Camber

At the end of November I visited The Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate for the third year. I guess the longer I sew, the more knowledgeable I become in terms of the types of fabric available as well as what constitutes a decent price. This year I was quite restrained and after doing a couple of circuits of the disorientating halls I parked my mum with a cuppa and headed back to get some of the beautiful stork fabric by Lady McElroy. As I was waiting to pay at the Cool Crafting stand, a lady in the queue was checking the back of the Merchant and Mills Camber Dress pattern envelope before ordering 2.5m of metallic Robert Kaufman linen. I asked whether she was planning her Christmas dress, whilst simultaneously deciding I too wanted to make one. Neither the storks nor the metallic was cheap, but they were good quality, so I coughed up for the combined 5m and returned to my mum.

I’d already bought The Camber pattern from Rachel in the summer, and whipped one up using a sheer but pretty floral my dad brought back from Myanmar. I’ve worn it with a belt (and slip!) several times, and liked how the pattern sewed up. In this fabric it’s a nice cool dress for the warmer weather.

It’s a straightforward make without fastenings, with a yoke for a bit of interest on the back, but I thought the simplicity of the pattern and plain yet metallic fabric would mean I could dress it up with a necklace or scarf, or simply by standing beside the most decorative item in the house:

I wore it at home on Christmas Day and to my Nan’s on Boxing Day and found it comfortable throughout. I found a gold belt that picked up the shine in the fabric.Not your traditional Christmas blooms but my mum wanted to buy my some flowers when we did our Christmas Eve food shop, and actually the tulips have been beautiful.

The only thing I think this dress is lacking is pockets ~ maybe something to add next time? I have an end of bolt piece of beautiful navy linen with peach flowers I also bought from Rachel waiting to be sewn up into a Camber (with pockets?) sometime soon.

Since Christmas I’ve already sewn two more dresses with a third cut out and just begun. Here’s to plenty more sewing in 2018 🥂

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So pleased with my purchases from the @johnlewisretail sale today! 4m of Robert Kaufman denim + What was left of some @atelierbrunette cotton + some @makoweruk metallic spot. Plus some pretty she’ll buttons that were less than half price 🙌🏼 All came to a total of £36.50. Now to figure out whether I can use any of them for my #2018makenine plans 🤔 •
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#buttons #makersgonnamake #imakethings #dressmaking #sales #shopping #bargains The light isn’t great but here’s my second @sewoveritlondon #soivintageshirtdress hot off the machine. This one is made using some chambray coloured cotton from @fabworksmillshop leftover from an @theavidseamstress #daydress I made quite a while ago. The buttons feel like quite a statement and I’m hoping they don’t detract from the dress. I sewed this up as a size 12 and it fits SO much better than the 14. •
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#sewmystyle #sewoveritlondon #sewoverit #vintageshirtdress #chambray #sleeveless #dressmaking #imakethings #makersgonnamake #sewersgonnasew #holidaysewing #buttons The only fabric I purchased (so far) in the sales just arrived from @misformake ~ the mason jars is a brushed cotton and the floral (+ snails! 🐌) is a cotton lawn. I only have a couple of metres of each so I’m not sure what I’ll make yet 🤔
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#goodpostday #happymail #fabric #sales #salebuys #endofrolls #endofbolt #makersgonnamake #imakethings #sewersgonnasew Finished! My first @sewoveritlondon #vintageshirtdress made with @dashwoodstudio #flurry fabric with 8 vintage red buttons. I cut out the paper pattern and made a size 14, but I think it’s come up a little large and now I’m regretting not tracing it off - which I nearly always do. I’m hoping I’ll be able to nip it in with a belt, as other than that I’m pretty happy with it. I would like to make a sleeveless version in a 12 to compare but I’m not sure how best to size down a pattern I’ve already cut 🤷🏻‍♀️
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#soivintageshirtdress #dashwoodstudio #shirtdress #collar #handmade #Imakethings #memade #dressmaking #January Searching through my vintage buttons for 8 that are a suitable match for my almost finished @sewoveritlondon #vintageshirtdress 🧐
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#buttons #vintage #retro #choices #preloved #recycle #reuse Last year I realised I could sometimes combine 2 of my favourite things: running and dog walking. Oliver is less compliant, unsurprisingly, but Wilf just loves to run. 
In 2017 we completed 3 #canicross races together, as well as several parkruns. He gets very excited at the beginning, particularly when there is lots of clapping or lots of other dogs. Wilf keeps me company on lots of training runs, both on his harness if we are running on the road and off the lead if we’re on the trails. He’s happy to go on very early or very late runs. He even looks disappointed if I head out in my trainers without him. 
I’ve already booked our first couple of canicross races for 2018, and this year I plan to log how many miles Wilfie runs too. He’s a good dog. •
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