Very excited to post and share my very first attempt at a classic vintage holiday dress!
I have not yet been sewing a full year and have not yet had any lessons, but have had so much fun playing around with vintage and vintage-inspired patterns, and experimenting with different fabrics and designs.
This dress is a mash-up of Simplicity 3045, (a lovely vintage dress pattern with a softly pleated skirt and scalloped neck edge), and my favourite Sewaholic Cambie dress bodice.
I decided to use the Cambie dress bodice pattern rather than the one for Simplicity 3045 as it gives a very snug and flattering fit on my torso with minimal adjustments. (I have at least 10 dresses using the Cambie pattern for this very reason. It’s a sure-fire winner for me!)
Using a bargain bin red velvet remnant (NEVER again- what a mess to sew with! So slippery. Any hints?) and a sweet vintage-inspired holiday fabric from Etsy, this dress turned out quite well I think. I added a pretty vintage brooch and thick black “Santa” belt to complete my festive ensemble.
(As I was sewing it, I also listened to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” album a million times, so it’s very likely that added some extra holiday flair!)
Hope you like it!
This is my very first post on WeSewRetro, so I’m a teensy bit nervous. But I love vintage-related sewing so I’m excited to start contributing! This is a dress I actually made a year ago, but I just recently got some decent photos of it. For that reason it’s my latest post on my very new blog, so it seemed the right thing to post here now. This was my first Cambie Dress from Sewaholic (with which I’m sure many, if not most, of you are already familiar). Although it’s not a vintage pattern, it certainly has a vintage vibe to it. The fabric, however, is definitely vintage. Although I can’t verify it, considering it came from a thrift store and is a silk with this style of print, not to mention this colour palette, I’m pretty certain it’s c. 1960s (if you think I’m off, please feel free to speak up, I’m no expert!).
This is one of my very favourite dresses – still after a year ;o) I fully lined it with a silk/cotton blend voile so it’s light, airy and very comfortable (as long as I don’t eat too much!) I think I’m love with this pattern, it’s so well designed, I think I need a little army of Cambies! (and wouldn’t it be awesome if they could all be in vintage printed silks! I will dream on, lol)
You can read some more about it on my new blog here. There’s not much on there yet, but I hope you’ll pop by to say hi!
this is my first Post here and my name is Tina. I started sewing one year ago and I think I can`t live without it anymore. I love the fashion of the 30s till 60s (and early 70s) and I´m always looking for beautiful patterns.
I have seen a lot of the Cambie dresses from Sewaholic recently, so I dreamed about, to show you mine.
Here it is:
More images at my Blog: www.by-tinchen.blogspot.com
Many greetings from
I was another lucky soul who got to test the Sewaholic Cambie dresses. A few pics:
I made the A-line version to make something office appropriate. I used what feels like a wool/poly blend that is of medium weight with a nice hand. It’s lined with gray cotton voile and I used satin (probably poly) to make the straps. It helps break up the tiny houndstooth pattern of my main fabric don’t you think?
More pics of the inside and more info over at my blog: Kitty’s Drawings
It’s not vintage – but definitely vintage inspired!