In my panic of realizing I need to update my work wardrobe, another Sewaholic Cambie came into existence. Meet Autumn Cambie:
In the beginning of my sewing adventures, I found this soft brown and pink plaid fabric for $2.99/yd at SAS. In my mind at the time, this would be a matching pants and blazer combo and I bought 5 yards. But fast forward to now when I need clothes ASAP… ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat!
Since I had a ton of this fabric and I’m currently trying to stash-bust, I cut the lining in the same fabric. Umm word of caution: DON’T DO THIS. It may be OK for the top part to make it stable, but when I cut out the skirt lining, I realized it was going to be crazy bulky — especially with TWO gathered skirts in a medium-weight fabric. Derp.
(Hint: the Cambie pattern has you sew up 2 of the same dress… one in lining fabric, the other in your shell fabric to make a beautiful Cambie sandwich).
So I thought, “How in the world am I going to MAKE THIS WORK?” Heck if I was going to run to Joann’s for Bemberg Rayon lining. Simple: Just cut the View A skirt lining option so there will only be one layer of gather at the waistline, hence cutting down on the bulk. Genius!
This is the dress turned inside out and you can see it’s a perfectly formed Cambie View A! And note that I cut the skirt lining on the crosswise grain because I’M A REBEL…. and it saved fabric and no one will see it anyway. Um, except you… and the rest of the world, I guess…
While this kind of worked out, I wouldn’t recommend it. There’s a reason there’s fabric suited to lining only. This dress weighs like FIVE POUNDS. I kid you not. She’s a beefy girl and therefore adds a little more beef to me. Plus it’s way too hot to wear now, so I’m praying fall makes an early appearance here in
hell the desert.
Now send some good juju my way so fall gets here FAST! *Please!* Here, I’ll be a lady and curtsey for you since this is definitely a girly dress and is basically made for curtseying.
Sew on, mes amis!