We enjoyed a BIG night out this weekend - no kids all night, dancing, a few wines. We don't get out much these days, so it felt like a good excuse to make a new dress.
I purchased this silk twill from Emma One Sock with money that I was allocated for Christmas. You know, not a gift, as no one in my house really buys me gifts, but money I gave myself for Christmas. I know I'm not the only one that enjoys this deal for birthdays and Christmas...
The silk is lovely, lovely, lovely and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't super stressed cutting in to it.
As my first Camber is so awesome, I knew it would be a good pattern to avoid breaking up the print on this silk. The French darts fit so well and I made sure I didn't stuff up the shoulders this time.
Unfortunately it wasn't an easy make. I don't often sew with silk, let alone slippery silk twill, so this did prove a challenge. I sewed French seams, very carefully set the sleeves and tried my best with the hem, but the dress isn't perfect.
My only change from the pattern was to shorten the frock and to fully line the dress, so that I can wear it without worrying about it sticking to tights in Winter. To line the dress, I cut a dress outer and lining exactly the same. Separately sewed darts and shoulder seams, interfaced the neck, then sewed the lining and outer together at the neck and turned it right side out, flipping the lining to the inside. From then I sewed the side seams separately, then set the sleeves, treating the outer and lining as one. Does that make sense?? I hope so.
Despite the lack of perfection, I do love this dress. I felt quite appropriately dressed for the party and very comfortable. I can certainly see myself wearing this out to dinner with the hubby as I won't have to worry about eating too much!
Pattern: Merchant & Mills Camber, Used before/traced from friend = Free
Fabric: 1.5 yards Milly silk twill from Emma One Sock inc part shipping = $60! Yikes! I still have a big remnant and at least it's cheaper than a real Milly dress.
Lining: Rayon Lining from The Remnant Warehouse = $6.95
Thread and interfacing from stash